Phoenix Collegiate

Enrichment

Enrichment means all the things that we offer at Phoenix Collegiate, outside of lessons, such as after school clubs and experience.

We know that developing the whole person is the key to success at a child’s time at school and we are proud to share some of the opportunities below (please note that some of these are subject to changes).

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The DofE award helps to develop leadership, teamwork, motivation, communication and so much more. The number of students that participate in this nationally recognised award at Phoenix has increased rapidly since it was first introduced. 

Why complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award?

Good question! Perhaps because, from the first day to the last, it’s a real adventure. Every section of the award gives you something different - that's the fun of it!

You’ll enjoy lots of new experiences, discover talents you never thought you had, challenge yourself and make many new friends with similar interests to you while doing things that you love.

Achieving a DofE Award will give you skills, confidence and a view on life that everyone is looking for, from employers to colleges and universities. 76% of major UK organisations emphasised how important it is for schools to enable ‘life skills’ to be developed, with 64% of the sample indicating that DofE might make a positive difference in selecting an applicant for an interview.

Gain recognition for doing the things that you enjoy (and may be interested in already): make a difference in other people's lives and your community, whilst becoming fitter, healthier, and creating memories to last you alive.

If you are 14 years old or over you can participate in the DofE and work towards achieving your Bronze Award, moving to Silver upon successful completion. DofE participants meet every Wednesday in the Main Hall from 3pm.

The DofE programme helps to develop leadership, teamwork, self-motivation, communication, confidence, consideration and the ability to learn.

You achieve an Award by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections:

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interest
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad
  • At Gold level, you must do an additional residential section, which involves working and staying away from home doing a shared activity

Combined Cadet Force

Students in Year 8 and above have the opportunity to participate in our Combined Cadets Force programme at Phoenix.

The programme includes regular meetings after school which allows the development of knowledge and skills linked to the military.

We are delighted to have our established Combined Cadets Force programme at Phoenix.

The CCF has been effective since June 2017 with the Royal Navy Section, and as of September 2019 due to our growth and success, we have launched a Royal Air Force Section. Our aim is to provide quality training with life changing experiences, whilst encouraging to develop and mould positive role models within our community.

Everything the cadets do thrives from the corps military ethos of Courage, Commitment, Discipline, Respect, Integrity and Loyalty. This has an integral bond with our school ethos to aspire, believe and succeed and anything is possible to our team.

We deliver a regimented syllabus within regular parade nights where the cadets will learn about the military history, teamwork, drill, leadership, and command tasks.

If selected, cadets are offered national level courses and qualifications such as powerboating, first aid level 3, adventure training and much more. We also offer field trips through school to go to HMS Raleigh, Britannia Royal Naval College, and even RAF Shawbury for helicopter experience packages. Phoenix CCF has its own Corps of Drums which anyone is more than welcome to come along and learn how to play, led by a former Royal Marines Bandsman.

We strive to give the cadets professional judgement and encourage them to be leaders and help to develop others.

When?  Every Thursday in school term time 15:15 - 17:00

Where?  Meet for registration on the MUGA

How can I join?  In Year 8 or above, collect a sign-up form from reception, or speak to any member of staff from the cadet team.

Further opportunities at Phoenix