Sunday, 24 September 2017

Focusing on all-round development

AS a reflection of the growing tendency of universities and employers to demand a wide range of skills and experiences, schools now have a greater responsibility than ever to focus on the overall development of their pupils. Academic rigour remains vitally important, but it is now widely acknowledged that non-academic pursuits are equally essential.

Shiplake College staff use the term “co-curricular” instead of “extra-curricular” to illustrate that these activities are an integral part of the school timetable, rather than a bonus. Co-curricular activities create a diverse, balanced programme and expand on a pupil’s personal development. Sport, for example, develops interpersonal attributes such as leadership, communication and teamwork. Performing arts encourage confidence, creativity and innovation.

Co-curricular activities also help develop resilience, determination and respect for others. This can be achieved by outdoor pursuits such as CCF and the Duke of Edinburgh award. Trips and expeditions widen cultural awareness and create long-lasting memories, whilst taking part in Community Service is often a rewarding experience.

Shiplake is proud of its ability to “add value” to pupils’ education, with boys and girls improving by one or two grades across their stay at the college. Why not come and see for yourself at the next open morning on Saturday, March 29?

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