Volunteering is a very strong indicator of extra-curricular commitment that can really boost a pupil’s UCAS reference or job application.
Through the Community Volunteering Programme, Sixth Form pupils are encouraged to take an active role within the School through roles of responsibility and out in the wider community. Pupils gain confidence, new skills and experience while making a positive difference to the lives of others. It is also a lot of fun.
Local placements take place in primary schools, nursing homes, hospitals, day care centres and charities. Pupils are currently volunteering at Edina Court residential centre; Magdalene House, as Peer Mentors, and at Arthur Rank hospice, North Cambridgeshire Hospital. Pupils have also organised their own volunteering outside of school, such as at Peckover House.
We also organise an annual tea party in partnership with St Augustine’s Day Care Centre for members of the local community; a hugely popular event with homemade cakes served by Sixth Form pupils and musical entertainment provided in part by WGS musicians.
Volunteering placements have also been undertaken on expeditions to Kenya (2012) and Borneo (2016), where pupils helped construct school buildings and taught younger pupils English.
Pupils can achieve nationally recognised awards from vinspired. These awards are great on CVs, UCAS applications and can be earned alongside Duke of Edinburgh Awards.
More pupils are taking Duke of Edinburgh Silver or Gold awards than ever before. Expedition training for the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award takes place during the school week as well as on the occasional Saturday.