Enrichment is at the very heart of Ivybridge Community College, woven into all parts of College life and helping to provide a truly rounded educational experience for all students. That is why we are committed to ensuring that the College’s Enrichment Programme has and will continue to thrive throughout this academic year.
Developing students’ interests and passions
While a large proportion of Ivybridge Community College students’ time is spent on ensuring their academic success, we also believe in helping students develop their characters; find out more about their interests and passions; and invest in their social, moral and cultural life skills. The enrichment activities provide opportunities for students to learn new skills, make new friendships and develop their confidence, teamwork and communication skills.
When do enrichment activities take place?
Previously referred to as extracurricular, activities vary in start and finish times depending on the member of staff leading the enrichment activity. Enrichment can take place:
- Before College (varying start times, mostly start from 8.00am)
- Break times and Lunch times – please see the section on leisure time
- After College
Department for Education (DfE) guidance
Ivybridge Community College follows the Department for Education (DfE) and Ofsted’s guidance to encourage and emphasise the importance of personal development and extending the curriculum beyond academic achievement. This requires schools to:
- Help children develop their interests and talents
- Enable children to develop their character, including resilience, confidence and independence
- Teach children how to keep physically and mentally healthy
- Prepare children for future success
- Equip children to be responsible, respectful and active citizens
Enrichment at Ivybridge Community College is divided into two areas -
Enrichment Programme activities
The Enrichment Programme is a blend of face to face and virtual sessions and divided into departments. The programme will provide students and parents/carers with details such as the subject, days, times, year group involved, and venue for all enrichment activities.
We aim to update the Enrichment Programme every half-term and advertise it on the College website and social media, email it to all parents and place it in the College bulletin.
Where to meet for each enrichment activity
All students are to meet at the venue stated on the timetable, for the time allocated and for the specific enrichment activity. The teacher in charge of each enrichment activity will meet and greet all students on arrival to sessions and provide instructions for where to place bags and personal property.
There is no need for any student to sign up for the enrichment sessions. Simply turn up to the venue, as stated on the timetable, and your name will be recorded each time you participate in the sessions.
Sports Academy - Elite Squads and registration
All Elite Squads are required to participate in training sessions as stated on the Enrichment Programme. All Elite Squad members have been automatically placed onto SIMS for registration for after-College enrichment. All Elite Squads are to meet at the venue stated on the timetable at the start of every session.
What to wear and bring?
Students are required to wear PE kit or Academy kit if they are participating in sport and physical activity. Classroom based activities will require students to remain in College uniform. All students must remain smart in their kit and uniform. Please ensure all students have plenty to drink and a small snack for after College.
What is Student Leisure Time?
Student Leisure Time is a programme of activities that students engage in during their break and lunchtimes at the College. Students may participate in these sessions for reasons such as relaxation, competition or personal development. The sessions are not structured or skill based, as the focus is on student participation and enjoyment. Staff will be present at all times for Student Leisure Time.
Please see the requirements for each leisure opportunity with regard to footwear and PE kit in the enrichment programme. In some activities, students are allowed to remain in College uniform and simply change their footwear to trainers.
What is Enrichment Week?
While a large proportion of Ivybridge Community College students’ time is spent on ensuring their academic success, we also believe in helping students develop their characters; find out more about their interests and passions; and invest in their social, moral and cultural life skills.
The activities offered in Enrichment Week help improve our students’ future employability, boost self-confidence, develop leadership skills, instil self-motivation, overcome fears and help them succeed in society. They are also a fantastic way to increase students’ enjoyment of College life, creating an inclusive spirit and helping build life-long memories and friendships.
During Enrichment Week the normal College timetable is collapsed and students are offered a range of alternative learning experiences and activities outside of the usual curriculum. The week provides students with the opportunity to see and experience places and attractions both in the UK and abroad.
When is it?
Monday, 4 July to Friday, 8 July 2022
Director of Enrichment: Mrs Helen Reddy