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Enrichment Activities

Each year we offer a wide range of enrichment activities.  Click on the menus below to find out more.

6th Form Pathways 

Notre Dame Sixth Form introduced the Sixth Form Enrichment Hour in September 2013, which is now known as Pathways. On Week B of the timetable, this hour facilitates opportunities for our sixth formers to find out more about specific careers by attending talks from local professionals and also provides the opportunity to discover more about university courses from university lecturers. We ask our students which sectors they would like to hear from.

We have had a wide variety of speakers talking about a selection of professions, including “Working for a Global Company” (Chris Paine, Aviva), “Studying in Europe” (Thomas Gidney), “Studying Pharmacy” (Dr Lesley Howell), “Studying Economics” (Dr Joel Clovis), “Careers in Law” (Naomi Newel, Birketts LLP), “Studying Computer Science” (Dr Stephen Laycock), “Studying Law” (Dr Heywood), “Careers in the NHS” (Rachel Glen), “Studying Engineering” (Tim Munday – ex-Notre Dame), “Cerebral Palsy Alive & Kicking” (Joan Latta), “Actuarial Sciences“ (Dr Glover), “Careers in Media” (Nikki Fox), “Careers in NHS”, and “Careers in Journalism” (Rosa McMahon, EDP).

These very well-attended sessions have not only provided extremely insightful in terms of our students being able to find out more about certain career paths but they have also offered our students a wealth of invaluable tips and advice in terms of how to apply for jobs and what employers and university admissions officers (UCAS) are looking for. 

Week A Pathways talks focus on life skills, such as:

  • driving awareness
  • personal finance
  • making friends
  • exam stress
  • wellbeing

Some of these presentations are provided by visiting external speakers. Week A sessions are attended by all Year 12 students, and some by Year 13 also. Week B sessions are optional for all 6th Form students.

Pathways Programme Spring 2024

Week A Thursday 11th January  Study Skills Mr Harper
Week B Thursday 18th January Careers in Renewable Energy Gabby Waterman, Orsted and Will Sealey, Vattenfell
Week A Thursday 25th January Knife and Weapon Awareness St Giles Trust
Week B Thursday 1st February Studying at University Julia Konstantynowicz, UEA Psychology Student
Week A Thursday 8th February tbc tbc
Week B Thursday 15th February Higher Education Megan Broadley, City College Norwich
Week A Thursday 29th February Fatal 4 Driving Awareness

Andrew Nattrass, Norfolk Police Road Safety Communities Team

Week B Thursday 7th March Careers in Education Mrs Bird and Ms Waters
Week A Thursday 14th March Mock Exam Preparation Mr Harper
Week B Thursday 21st March Careers in the Police Amy Stanton, Norfolk Constabulary
Week A Thursday 28th March tbc tbc

Pathways Programme Summer 2024

Week B Thursday 18th April Apprenticeships, Group 1 Sophie Allen, Norfolk County Council
Week A Thursday 25th April Jigsaw Session 1 Jigsaw
Week B Thursday 2nd May Careers in Medicine and Bioscience Gabriel Astorga, Quadram Institute and Zuzanna Halicka, UEA
Week A Thursday 9th May Jigsaw Session 2 Jigsaw
Week B Thursday 16th May Careers in the Civil Service Ian Sears, Cabinet Office
Week A Thursday 23rd May Jigsaw Session 3 Jigsaw
Week B Thursday 20th June Careers in Sport Billy Dutton, Peterborough Sports FC
Week A Thursday 27th June Breast & Cervical Cancer Awareness Mr McKay
Week B Thursday 4th July Apprenticeships, Group 2 Sophie Allen, Norfolk County Council

Student-Run Clubs and Societies 

Our 6th Formers run several clubs which reflect their interests. Students who wish to start up a new club can come to the 6th Form Office to make arrangements. These are some clubs running currently:

Environmental Club - keeping up to date with the current climate crisis and how students can help. Learning new things about our planet. Finding new ways to be more sustainable!

Japanese Club - run by 6th Formers who took Japanese GCSE. Welcomes students of all year groups. It has been very popular and has a great atmosphere. The Year 13s have been teaching basic Japanese characters and commonly used phrases for beginner level.

Medics Club - peer support for students who hope to pursue medicine. Sessions include medical applications, interview preparation and medical ethics.

The Notre Dame Union - a group led by the sixth form that’s all about discussing and debating the world’s big events in a lively but informal environment. They are passionate about broadening the horizons of students beyond the curriculum and encouraging members to think differently about current affairs. Recent topics have included religion, veganism and Brexit to name but a few! Whilst these are big and complicated issues, they try to keep sessions down-to-earth with a friendly atmosphere. No matter what age you are or what subjects you are taking, they’re sure you’ll enjoy a session of the Union - the whole world is up for debate!

Work Experience 

Work experience is a key component of your study programme and can encompass all work-related activity, including work tasters, running a student enterprise, participation in a social action project, volunteering or a placement with an external employer.

It aims to give you the opportunity to develop career choices, get a taste of the world of work, and develop those critical employability skills needed for real working conditions.

All students are expected to undertake work experience as part of their study programme. Time is dedicated to this at the end of Year 12


NDHS Creative Enterprise 

Pulp Studio are a creative digital media group of sixth form students who meet weekly with the aim of (amongst other creative things) producing a termly student magazine, written by students for students. Most members are interested in pursuing careers in journalism, photography, graphic design, web site design, sales and marketing etc.

The group’s motto is “Building a legacy and furthering opportunities”.

To view a selection of editions of PULP magazine, visit our 6th Form News and Events page.

Contact Mr Pritchard if you would like to get involved in creating PULP.