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What is Enrichment and Why is it Useful?

There is more to life than just gaining qualifications! As part of your time in Sixth Form it’s essential that you get involved in a range of activities that will help you achieve your potential and introduce you to new experiences.

When you look back on your school days do you think you will remember mastering times tables or your trips, clubs and activities? However much you love your subjects what you do outside of the classroom is equally important. 

The aim behind enrichment is to:

1. Broaden your horizons
2. Build your confidence and provide a sense of achievement
3. Stand out from the crowd and enhance job applications and University applications
4. Gain work experience to suit your career aspirations, essential for medical careers and teaching
5. Try something new

Enrichment provides opportunities to try new and varied activities that may not strictly fit into the curriculum but develop character, resilience and motivation. It helps to teach life skills and can develop an appreciation for cultural and community issues as well as social responsibility. 

The Leweston Enrichment and Development (LEaD) programme is designed to
develop senior student leaders of our community. To ensure that the whole person is 'enriched and developed' by the programme activities have been divided into three separate strands based on the school's three values: Community, Opportunity and Expertise.


This means actively engaging in initiatives, activities and events that support the school or local and wider community. This could be membership of House Committee or School Council, supporting a younger tutor group, becoming a prefect, subject ambassador, peer mentor or guardian. You could organise a charity event or volunteer in the Nursery or Prep School. 


Here you can take the lead in organising and participating in activities and events that develop employability and transferable life skills, personal attributes, physical fitness and sports ability, health and wellbeing, social responsibility and an appreciation of culture and the arts. Set up a new sports club, organise a concert or complete Ten Tors. 


Developing your academic potential, skills and knowledge through participation in subject and non-subject-related extension/super-curricular activities, post-A level preparation sessions (e.g. UCAS), study-skills training, academic competitions
and societies and the EPQ. Participate in the Leweston Lectures, enter a national essay-writing competition or join a language club. 

So what do you need to do?

Your task is to get involved. Sixth Formers are expected to engage in all three 
LEaD strands each term (except in the summer term of Upper Sixth), setting targets and recording your progress towards completing the programme with your tutor. As well as engaging in these activities in tutor times, occasional off-timetable events and in your own time, you will have a timetabled fortnightly enrichment slot where you can sign up to a termly option. All students are expected to meet the quota of LEaD activities throughout their time in the Sixth Form. However, those who go above
and beyond will be considered for a LEaD Programme Distinction award on Speech Day.

For more information about LEaD visit the school website or check out the Sixth Form Course Directory.