Enrichment and Extra-Curricular Opportunities

In line with the Sixth Form Mission Statement, our enrichment programme aims to develop the whole person in a non-academic environment, enabling students to enrich and develop their faith, wider skills and responsibility to the community.

Enrichment is provided in Bishop Challoner Sixth Form in 4 main ways:
1. Induction programme (Year 12)
2. Weekly Enrichment programme (Year 12)
3. Post Exams Progression (Year 12)
4. Retreats

Induction Programme

This really begins in Year 11. Students in Year 11, who have applied for a place in the Sixth Form, will be interviewed by a member of the Sixth Form Team in February to investigate their preliminary choice of subjects.

GCSE Results Day- at this point students discuss previous their choices in the light of results.

Year 12 Induction Day 1

How to be an Effective Learner, Sixth Form procedures, Explanations of Timetable, Expectations of students (in line with the Learning and Safety Agreement) and what students can expect from the Sixth Form, as well as the role of Student Services. Introduction to HE, Enrichment, Meetings with Academic Tutors.

Induction Day 2

Bonding day with Academic Tutors - students work together in their new tutor groups and are encouraged to develop team-working skills, bond and form new friendships.

Induction Day 3

Visit to a University Open Day (2016 Aston University).

Weekly enrichment programme

Year 12 students are entitled to at least one hour of timetable Enrichment each week. Wednesday afternoon is allocated to Enrichment activities. Some Year 13 students choose to continue to participate.

All students will choose an option. It will be discussed with the Academic Tutor in September and an agreement will be signed, which can usually be reviewed in January. This commitment is designed to give students the best possible experience in volunteering, additional work experience, team-building or fundraising, which will prove important in applications to universities or career.

Activities available are likely to include:

  • A choice from several sporting options
  • Paired Reading
  • Subject Mentors
  • Design and Refurbishment Projects
  • JP2 Award
  • Journalism-Bulletin
  • Voluntary Work
  • First Aid
  • Book Club
  • Seniors’ Afternoon Tea Club

If there is a particular activity that a group of students would like to run themselves, they should discuss this possibility with Mrs Nutt or Miss McGowan.


Students have the opportunity to go on a residential retreat and pilgrimage during their time in the Sixth Form.

In November 2016 Sixth Form students in year 12 and 13 will have the opportunity of going on a retreat to Soli at Alton Castle, the new diocesan site in the grounds of Alton Castle in Staffordshire. This will be a 3 day retreat which provides students, at varying stages on their faith journey, with the time to examine their own beliefs and to discuss issues which specifically relate to their age group.

Sixth Formers from Bishop Challoner also participate in the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Lourdes, where they have the very special opportunity of assisting sick and disabled pilgrims.