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The St Margaret’s Church of England Academy Sixth Form Citizenship Programme is a very important part of our Sixth form experience. Our partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, who have provided the incentive of a Gold Citizenship Award, has brought a real significance to full participation in the programme and the students in the Sixth Form consistently strive for excellence.
In a typical year we will present around 100 of our Year 13 leavers with the Liverpool JMU Gold Citizenship Award at our Annual Leavers’ Service. In the past they have achieved annual totals of up to 7,000 hours of Citizenship work both in the school and local community.
Students have to accrue 40 hours of Citizenship within the Sixth Form and are then required to invest a further 30 hours in the local community that can include: the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, Employment, Charity work, Church Assistant, Primary School Assisting / Coaching, Babysitting, looking after a local elderly relative/friend, Refereeing, Sport’s Coaching and many more. The Sixth Formers are also very proud to welcome elderly residents from the community to the School for an Annual Christmas lunch, an afternoon involving a lovely meal and entertainment. The smiles on the faces of our guests make it all worthwhile. Visits to elderly residents’ homes to bring in Christmas cheer also happen each year, with a selection of students bearing gifts and singing Christmas Carols. Only when they have totalled 70 hours are the students presented with the Gold Award. It takes great commitment and dedication to earn this award and Sixth Formers at St Margaret’s always live up to high expectations.
The success of the programme is reflected well in our UCAS application process with their work on the Citizenship scheme providing such great evidence of the student as a person; it shows the Universities that they are willing to go the extra mile and ensures their application stands out from the crowd.
Learning for Life takes place on a Tuesday morning between 9.00am-9.50am. We offer a great range of activities throughout Year 12 and 13 for students to participate in and enjoy. Throughout the last year, we have welcomed a number of high profile guests and organisations including; British Red Cross, Teenage Cancer Trust, Blue Apple Heroes, Barclays Bank, NHS, Alcoholics Anonymous, Add Action, Oxfam and many more.
With the support of these guests, we are able to cover a host of topics that are relevant to students aged 16-18 such as; Basic First Aid Training, CV building and personal statements, interview skills, sexual health and awareness, dangers of alcohol and drugs in addition to inspiring our young people to support Charity events and fundraisers.
During the year, we also make time available for team building and enrichment activities to include; Debate Society, 5-a-side football, Fitness for Males & Females, Art, Games, Sixth Form Magazine and Film Club. This gives students the chance to get to know one another throughout the early part of the year.
We are very proud of the programme we provide in Sixth Form and feel it allows students to enhance their knowledge on a number of areas, increase their self-confidence and raise awareness to a wide range of goings-on across the world.