Learning beyond the Curriculum
Wye School offers much more than a strong academic curriculum. Through our diverse range of exciting enrichment activities, students are exposed to a wide array of new experiences, through which they develop new interests and gain key skills and attributes that will help them in all aspects of their lives.
A key part of this is our annual enrichment week. Students have the opportunity to learn in the wider world; from our village to historical and cultural sites around Europe.
Our enrichment week in recent years has included the following trips:
- Berlin and Auschwitz for Year 10 students
- Barcelona language trip for Year 9 and 10 students
- South of France Watersports trip for Years 7 and 9 students
- Kent Mountain Centre activities week for Years 8 and 9 students
- Hatfield House Bushcraft week for Year 7 students
Those students who choose not to participate in a residential activity, have the option to take part in activities on the school site and in the village as well as day trips, including:
- Theatre productions
- Harry Potter Studios
- Port Lympne Zoo
- Rye Watersports
- Dover Castle
- Margate: Turner Gallery and Dreamworld
As part of United Learning, we subscribe to the Pupil Pledge, where we track students’ access to rich and varied learning experiences. These include our pledge to each student to:
- Offer an extensive range of sport, music, drama, art and other activities
- Provide the opportunity to listen to inspirational speakers
- Take them to an artistic, cultural or sporting event
- Give them the opportunity to help others through voluntary activities
- Give them the opportunity to meet and work with pupils from other United Learning schools
Overall we pledge to our students that we will
Provide a good learning experience, every lesson, every day and help them prepare for life after they leave school.
Students at Wye School are encouraged to take responsibility for the world around them and learn about other cultures. We have hosted visits from Thai and Chinese students. We also have an established link with a school in India, a relationship which we will develop over the years.
Our Student Voice provides opportunities for all students to participate actively in the development of the school. This has included students:
- Furnishing the student social area
- Developing the school behaviour policy
- Establishing a rewards system
- Organising events
- Influencing the menus offered by our caterers
Our students provide more than a voice: they decide on what they want to do; they plan how it can be done; they source what might be needed to fulfil their ideas. We teach them that with power comes responsibility.
At all levels, we work closely with the community and students are encouraged to work alongside local organisations, residents and parents, making a positive contribution through organising events, providing entertainment, public speaking and fundraising initiatives.