In addition to academic studies, we wish for students to embrace a wide range of opportunities through our enrichment programme.
You have the choice of studying for either the Extended Project Qualification or Core Mathematics. These qualifications develop independent learning skills and support applications for post-18 study and employment.
‘EPQ gave me the chance to discover and create something that I’m really passionate about. It taught me how to work truly independently and was very worthwhile’.
– Thea , A* EPQ student
You will also undertake lessons which encourage you to consider and discuss wider spiritual and ethical issues. Students are able to develop their understanding further, challenge themselves and share interesting debating points, in keeping with our Christian values.
At the Minster School, learning extends beyond the classroom. Many curriculum areas offer opportunities to widen the experience of a subject by attending residential or day visits. Examples of visits which have taken place in the past year include Perlethorpe (Biology), London (Music and Performing Arts), Iceland (Geography), New York and Washington (History and Government and Politics), CERN in Switzerland (Physics), Leon (Spanish) and many more within the local area.
“The Spanish exchange programme in Leon was an amazing experience, especially for improving your language, challenging yourself and meeting new people!”
– Charlotte, Spanish student
“I thoroughly enjoyed the New York and Washington visit, particularly visiting Gettysburg, Ground Zero and the Capitol Building”.
– Alice, History student
In order to prepare for University and employment it is essential that you develop your confidence and leadership skills. Our Sixth Form students take on a range of responsibilities to develop themselves further and to contribute to the school community:
Student-led enrichment groups
These groups are led entirely by students and meet regularly to organise events for other students including through links with organisations outside the school. New members are recruited at the start of each term and leaders are elected annually. Examples include:
Current Affairs Leaders
Musical Theatre Leaders
Ugive Uganda (Fundraising for our partner school in Uganda)
Our teachers provide a range of clubs for students to attend during break times and after school including Debate Club, sporting activities, Latin, Chess and a vast offer of Music and Drama groups – new members are always welcome.
Student leadership roles
Associate Tutors – supporting lower school tutor groups
Head Team – elected annually by peers and teachers
Leos – a youth branch of the Southwell Lions
Minster Mentors – providing support for younger students
Sixth Form Prefects - a leadership role recognising contributions to the life of the school
Sports Leaders – developing leadership skills through a qualification
Subject Ambassadors – supporting lower school lessons in your specialist subject Year 12 and 13
Student Council - representing your peers