Duke of Edinburgh
Throughout Year 9 and Year 10, 15 students have been working towards their Duke of Edinburgh’s Bronze award. This has involved them volunteering in the local community, try a new sport, learning a new skill and most excitingly of all, surviving in the Cheviot Hills for two days and one night. The improvement in their team skills during the expeditions was noticeable and by the end of each expedition students were able to navigate, camp, cook and survive independently…a huge achievement. Well done to all involved!
At Monkseaton our pupils access quality non-qualification work experience in year 10 and year 12 as part of their study programme. We believe work experience is an important part of the school curriculum. It helps students to learn more about the world of work. Pupils gain more of an understanding about opportunities at work and will undertake extra responsibility which will encourage more independence in their learning and way of life. They are challenged to develop aspects in their skill set such as initiative, resilience and time management outside of their comfort zone. It also allows them to explore potential career paths.
Inspiring Minds is a 3 year mentoring program planned by Newcastle University. The aim is to work with selected students on a structured programme of interactive sessions designed to engage, inspire and motivate as they begin to think about their futures. There will be a mixture of face- to- face activity in school and on-campus, as well as a chance for online communication via an e-mentoring platform. The program is initially aimed at year 9 pupils, with a view to the same pupils taking part over a three year period until year 11. Pupils are linked with current undergraduate students on a one-to-five ratio; and work with the same student throughout the duration of the course. The amount of time pupils will commit to the scheme decreases as their workload at school increases in the build-up to GCSEs; with less face -to- face contact and increasing e-mentoring in years 10 and 11. The e-mentoring element allows greater freedom around the timing of sessions over each academic year, reducing the amount of sessions that have an impact on school lessons.