Our enrichment provision is a vital component of the school’s curriculum and a child’s education, as we believe that every student should participate in memorable and enriching experiences that will broaden what our students learn in the classroom. Extra-curricular activities provide students with an opportunity to explore new interests, develop high levels of skill in existing interests and, most importantly, have fun and enjoy themselves!
At Tanbridge House School, we want every student to:
- Participate in a school club
- Learn a new skill
- Help raise money for our nominated charities
- Be captivated by live sport, music or theatre
- Talk to, and be inspired by, representatives from industry, commercial enterprises and further education
- Make links between subjects through participation in cross-curricular days
- Contribute and feel part of their school community through participation in student voice
- Demonstrate care and kindness towards others through peer mentoring, school prefects and links with primary schools
- Show resilience in taking on a new challenge
- Be inspired by external speakers
We offer a large range of clubs and activities for our students including music lessons, Duke of Edinburgh, specific interest and homework clubs and much more. Our Summer term activities are summarised below:
Duke Of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme can be a life-changing experience! An opportunity to discover new interests and talents, have fun with friends and be a tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers.
At Tanbridge House School we support students with both the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award schemes.
The Bronze Award is open to Year 9 students and the Silver Award is open to students in Year 10.
At the beginning of June each year we hold assemblies for Years 8 & 9 to let them know about the Bronze and Silver awards respectively. Letters with further details and how to apply will be handed out at the end of the assembly to those students who are interesting in participating.
Any young person can do their DofE – regardless of ability, gender, background or location. Achieving an Award isn’t a competition or about being first. It’s all about setting personal challenges and pushing personal boundaries.
There are 4 sections to each Award:
Training for the Expedition section takes place once a week after school/Second break & Tutor time, from January to June where the following aspects are covered
- First Aid & Emergency Procedures
- Navigation & Route Planning
- Campcraft, Equipment and Hygiene
- Food and Cooking
- Countryside Code
- Observation recording and presentation
- Team Building
- Proficiency in mode of travel
The other sections are organised individually by the students with guidance from the school.
The Bronze expeditions usually take place over the last weekend in April plus another weekend at the end of June. The Silver expeditions are usually from a Friday to Sunday with expeditions taking place in April/May and also at the beginning of July.
Through the DofE programme our students have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, team-working, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university and job applications.
The THS Scholars Programme
Our goal at Tanbridge House School, is to support the growth of extraordinary students to become the very best that they can be.
We aim to give all students realistic and challenging opportunities to develop their skills of resilience, teamwork, communication, leadership, creativity and enquiry. ‘Background and current circumstance’ should not act as barrier to high performance and personal development.
The Scholars programme includes all Able Students and also specifically High Performing Students who display:
- The highest potential across the range of subjects, i.e. Globally Bright High Performing students (Global Scholars)
- A form of gift or talent in one or more specific subjects, i.e. Subject Specific High Performing students (Subject Scholars)
- A wide breadth and depth of outstanding and positive personal qualities
- A substantial ability to lead others
As part of the Scholars Programme we will:
- run a series of event throughout the year aimed to inspire, engage and motivate our students. This includes:
- Enrichment days/events
- Cross-curricular projects
- Links with Post 16 and outside providers
- Local trips
- Master classes
- Breakfast seminars
- TED workshops
- Additional qualification (HPQ/ Young Leaders)
- encourage our students to prepare to leave Tanbridge House School with real-life development opportunities associated with these skills, giving them the cutting edge against their future peers
- help them to develop a multi-media e-portfolio's that will act as comprehensive evidence of how they are developing these life skills and beginning the process of realising their future ambitions
- celebrate the skills that will support them in life in a time of possible exponential change
- celebrate this through a ‘Graduation’ Ceremony where students will receive either a 1st class, 2:1, or 2:2 award
- recognise their evolution and celebrate their success within three pillars of foundational progress:
- Academic Excellence
- Personal Development
Within these three pillars, our own Tanbridge Essential Skills (TES) are:
- Reflective learning
- Independent enquiry
- Creative thinking
- Communication and presenting
We truly believe that these competencies give students the extra ‘edge’ to compete in a sometimes challenging and competitive world. We highly value not only academic success at school, but also the development of these key competencies that will ensure success in an ever-changing modern world. In delivering a programme that recognises and celebrates these pillars and skills, we know that we will be shaping, not only rounded and thoughtful individuals, but leaders of the future who will be equipped for a world that will require knowledge that was not learnt in the classroom, but as part of a broader and more personalised curriculum.
What students say about the Scholars Programme:
“The Subject Scholars programme has allowed me to develop my interest in a particular subject in a far more in-depth way.” Jess – Yr.10
“Global Scholars has given me the opportunity to really extend my own interests and to give me a chance to see how independent I can really be.” Libbi Yr.9
The Brilliant Club Scholars Programme
In addition to the in-school Scholars Programme, motivated and high achieving students are invited to participate in an exciting and enriching externally run project: The Scholars Programme run by The Brilliant Club. The programme aims to promote and widen access to top universities for pupils in non-selective state schools.
The Scholars Programme places university PhD tutors in schools to give students an early experience of university-style learning. The PhD tutors deliver six hour-long, university-style tutorials to groups of six students, based around supra-curricular topics designed to stretch, challenge and motivate able students. The weekly tutorials take place on the school site during the normal school day. Students develop their research and writing skills during the project, and feedback from participants is always incredibly positive.
At the end of the programme, students complete a final assignment which will be marked and graded in the style of a university essay. The project also concludes with a trip to a high-ranking university and the full day’s programme will also include a graduation event.
What students say about the Scholars Programme run by the Brilliant Club:
“The Scholars Programme pushed me to learn about challenging areas of study (biomaterials and biocompatibility) we don’t cover in our GCSEs.”
“The Scholars Programme really pushed me to develop my writing and research.”
“The Scholars Programme was an enriching experience and I am now definitely going to aim to study at Oxford University.”
“The visit to Oxford University made the prospect of studying there one day seem far more real and I now have something to aim for.”