At Avonbourne we support the government’s active promotion of learning outside the classroom; we believe this plays an important role in enhancing and enriching educational experience. During the 7 years at Avonbourne we aim to give all pupils the opportunity to have outside of the classroom learning experiences in each curriculum area.
We acknowledge educational visits are part of the learning process and provide a route to students learning actively and gaining first-hand experiences, visits can help raise self-esteem and raise levels of achievement in many aspects of their life and education as well as providing enjoyable experiences and lasting memories.
Listed below are just some of the many visits that students at Avonbourne have the opportunity to go on:
Business and ICT visits to New York, Bristol and Paris
Duke Of Edinburgh Expeditions to the New Forest and Purbecks
Water sports visits to France and local facilities
Dance, Music and English Visits to local and London Theatres and studios
Opportunities to take part in music and dance performances in the local community
Art visits to local and London Galleries
Geography Field Trips to New Forest, Purbecks and Italy
Law visits to House of Parliament, London and Local Courts
French Exchange visits
Psychology visits to Winchester
Technology visits to London
Science visits to NEC Birmingham
RS visits to Southampton and Watford
Opportunities to take part in sports activities in the local community
Careers visits to colleges and universities
Team building at Osmington Bay Weymouth
Ski Trip to Italy
At Avonbourne there are several opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills which are outlined below.
The role of Prefects at Avonbourne has been a long and prestigious one. Prefects are appointed because they have demonstrated their commitment to education and pledged to uphold the good name of Avonbourne, both at college and in the community.
During Year 10 students have the opportunity to apply to be a prefect and once appointed carry out this duty until the end of Year 11.
Throughout the history of Avonbourne, the Head Girls and their Prefects have achieved many things; such as raising thousands of pounds for charity, designing the new Key Stage 4 uniform and ensuring that Avonbourne traditions such as ‘Lunchtime Ents’ continue.
Most importantly however, is the role model they provide for younger students. It is because of the manner in which Avonbourne Prefects conduct themselves that Avonbourne girls have a reputation as compassionate and caring individuals.
One of the first responsibilities of trust that Avonbourne will ask students to undertake is that of Form Captain, as students are appointed in all year groups.
The form captain will be elected by their form peers and will undertake duties to support the form tutor.
A form captains duties incorporate the following:-
- Get to know everyone in your form: Learn their names, interests and help students to resolve concerns
- Support their peers Keep an eye out for them at break/lunch
- Lead by example: Show them how to behave and set the standard for attendance and punctuality
- Work closely with form tutor: Help them with duties in form
Students from all year groups have the opportunity to be a member of this group. Students are nominated by their peers at the start of the academic year and then take on this role for the year.
Students meet with the Principal on a half termly basis to discuss issues and ideas concerning the organisation of the college. The topics discussed are those raised by the students and all information is fed back to the tutor groups.
Effective school council structures, which involve the whole school, can offer huge benefits to both the community and the individual. Student councils provide a basis for active learning of important life skills, such as speaking and listening skills, teamwork, emotional literacy, problem-solving, moral reasoning skills, self-esteem and self-confidence. It is also a dynamic foundation for learning about citizenship. Student councils enable pupils to have a voice and to understand that their opinions count. Positive peer leadership develops and the responsibility for maintaining good behaviour is shifted away from teachers and towards members of the classroom and school community. There is improved communication between pupils and teachers, senior management and governors. The school develops into a community where pupils and teachers work in partnership towards shared goals.
Enterprise Education is a high priority Avonbourne College. Young people today often say they want to be their own boss, to start their own company or to make a living from a personal passion. Staff have the tools to support them, to their own benefit and that of the economy and their local community. But perhaps more importantly for the ability of young people as they navigate the adult world, is the confidence Enterprise Education can give them in so many areas of life and work. From tackling a job interview, to planning for a house purchase, from understanding how businesses operate, to every day financial budgeting Enterprise Education gives people the skills to tackle these with confidence , to make them more enterprising, resourceful and flexible. Avonbourne is Young Enterprise Centre of Excellence and students compete at the highest levels, winning many national competitions.
Enterprise Education ensures every young person has a high-quality, interesting and useful learning experience that will help them to achieve their potential in whichever employment, training or education setting they move on to. Crucial to learners’ enjoyment and achievement, Enterprise Education underpins learning in a real-world context, helping to raise student engagement and overall aspirations.
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