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Cultural Capital and Social Mobility

BUILDING CULTURAL CAPITAL AND SOCIAL MOBILITY AT WHSG

PREPARING OUR PUPILS FOR THE NEXT STAGE OF THEIR JOURNEY

At WHSG, pupils are offered the following enrichment, experiences and opportunities:

  • Three Activity Days per year to enable pupils to experience the wider school curriculum, including Enterprise Days
  • Assembly themes which focus on key dates, moments in history and remarkable people
  • The annual Black History Month event
  • A broad and balanced curriculum
  • A knowledge of Building Learning Power pedagogy to build pupils’ independence
  • Careers advice and access to the school’s Career Advisor
  • The annual Charity Week which raises the awareness of local and national charities and enables pupils and staff to work together through the House system
  • Compulsory Bronze DofE for all Y9 pupils, and the opportunity to continue to the Silver and Gold Awards
  • A variety of creative, cultural, musical and sporting extra-curricular clubs, lessons and societies
  • Development of their general knowledge through quizzes and other form time activities
  • Membership of the school’s Green Group who undertake beach cleaning in the locality
  • A focus on the need to develop a Growth Mindset to build resilience
  • Encouragement to develop and use higher order thinking skills
  • A commitment to the Jack Petchey Award and Speak Out Challenge
  • Leadership opportunities through the House System, School Council, Learning Council, Senior Team and Prefect system
  • A well-resourced library
  • The opportunity to participate in mock elections and referendums
  • Participation in and / or attendance at the annual school musical
  • The Oxbridge Society to prepare pupils for applications to Oxbridge and Russell Group universities
  • Support in preparing for their next steps e.g. Into The Future and the Higher Education Fayre for VI Form pupils
  • A comprehensive PSHEE programme from Y7 through to Y13
  • Aspects of SMSC are highlighted during lessons
  • Trips to the theatre, open not only to pupils of English and Drama
  • A variety of trips and visits both at home and abroad
  • An annual visit to Southend General Hospital for those VI Form pupils intending to study Medicine at University
  • Opportunities to participate in a variety of sports teams
  • Opportunities for work experience in Y10 and for those who wish to undertake additional work experience in the VI Form
  • Opportunities for short and long-haul trips abroad with World Challenge, where pupils undertake projects within the local communities

At WHSG, our departments offer pupils the following enrichment, experiences and opportunities:

Art

  • Attendance at and involvement in the school’s annual Art Exhibition
  • Links with local art groups
  • Cross-curricular links with History, Literature, Maths, the news, Religious Studies and Science
  • Trips to London art galleries

Business Studies and Economics

  • A focus on real-life case studies and examples
  • An appreciation of the impact of Globalisation
  • An understanding of macro and micro economies
  • An emphasis on the news and important local, national and global events
  • Talks from entrepreneurs within key sectors of business and industry

Design and Technology

  • Communication skills through presentations to peers
  • An awareness of ethical issues e.g. genetic engineering, advancements in Science and Technology
  • An appreciation of environmental concerns through the study of materials, processes and recycling
  • A knowledge of the importance of Health & Safety regulations
  • A focus on health and well-being and the importance of good nutrition
  • The opportunity to participate in STEM clubs and national STEM competitions
  • An awareness of sustainability
  • An appreciation of traditions and cultures in other countries

Drama

  • An appreciation of art and culture
  • Development of communication skills
  • Development of the confidence to perform in front of peers and visitors to the school
  • An awareness of the cross-curricular links between Drama and English, History, Music, PSHEE and Religious Studies
  • Focused studies of key characters
  • Regular trips to the theatre and the opportunity to interview professionals online
  • Workshops where pupils can interact with professionals within the industry

English

  • The ability to communicate in a variety of appropriate registers
  • Investment in the experience of others through character studies
  • A variety of texts linked to morality, politics and society
  • Development of an understanding of writers’ intentions

Geography

  • Links made to current affairs and the news
  • A focus on environmental issues
  • The study of Globalisation
  • Consideration of morality and ethics
  • An appreciation of different people and different places

History

  • Links between History and the world around us through current affairs and the news and popular culture
  • The study of democracy, economic, military, political and social history
  • The opportunity to see a wide range of culturally and socially relevant documentaries as well as access to the Historical Association Student Zone, podcasts, wider reading  opportunities and a dedicated History Library within the department
  • A focus on China and Russia at A level
  • The opportunity to consider moral and ethical issues in topics such as Crime & Punishment, Civil Rights and Black History at GCSE
  • The encouragement to consider the motivation of authors
  • The opportunity to access the ideas of historians through participation in seminars after school
  • A variety of trips both within and outside the locality

Maths and Further Maths

  • A visit to the Grenwich Observatory
  • Incorporation of IT skills e.g. Desmos, Excel and Geogebra
  • The opportunity to complete the Oxbridge STEP
  • A focus on real-world application of Mathematics e.g. bills, data sets and taxes
  • The opportunity to compete in the UKMT challenges

Modern Foreign Languages

  • Bridging gaps between cultures and communities
  • The opportunity for creativity and composition
  • An awareness of current affairs in the target language countries
  • An appreciation of diversity and different cultures and traditions
  • An appreciation of foreign film, food, literature, music and theatre
  • Participation in local and national competitions
  • An awareness of party politics and their ideologies
  • Opportunities to visit foreign countries and meet different people from different places

Music

  • The opportunity to create and compose
  • Development of confidence through performance
  • An appreciation of the impact of music on the culture of a country and its people
  • Exposure to a wide range of music from different periods of time and cultures

Physical Education

  • An understanding of the need for fairness and justice
  • A focus on health and well-being
  • An appreciation of the importance of rules
  • The opportunity to lead and coach others
  • The opportunity to observe and work with professionals in their field

PSHEE

  • The importance of citizenship
  • An appreciation of the value of diversity within communities
  • An understanding of the importance of democracy and the rule of law
  • How to ensure physical, sexual and mental health and well-being
  • The importance of safeguarding
  • The importance of tolerance and respect for those of different abilities, cultures, ethnicities, races, religions and sexual orientation

Politics and Law

  • The importance of citizenship
  • A focus on local, national and global current affairs
  • The opportunity to debate
  • An understanding of the importance of democracy and the rule of law
  • A knowledge of government and parliament and their place in society
  • An awareness of party politics and their ideologies

Psychology

  • An understanding of the concept of bias
  • Cross-curricular links to Art, Ethics, Literature, Philosophy and Science
  • Application to the real world
  • The study of Social Science
  • Psychology Society and Film Club

Religious Studies

  • A focus on local, national and global current affairs
  • An appreciation of the value of diversity within communities
  • The study of ethics
  • The study of religions related to our catchment
  • The importance for tolerance and respect for those of different cultures, ethnicities, races, religions and sexual orientation
  • A focus on mental well-being including meditation

Science

  • An appreciation of current developments and their context
  • An awareness of ethical issues e.g. genetic engineering, advancements in Science and Technology
  • An awareness of environmental concerns
  • The value of nature
  • The importance of sustainability
  • The opportunity to participate in Olympiads
  • How to ensure physical, sexual and mental health and well-being
  • A variety of Science clubs
  • An understanding of the world around us

 

 

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