Whitcliffe Mount prides itself on the range of opportunities it provides for students outside the classroom. These opportunities generally fall in to two categories: Bringing topics being studied in the classroom to life and enriching the learning experience for students.
The History department run trips throughout the year: Skipton Castle, The Imperial War Museum North, Thackray Medical Museum and a residential visit to Krakow. Visits to France and Spain are arranged annually by the Languages department. Students have also had the opportunity to go to Iceland with the Geography department and there is a day visit to Malham in Year 8. The English department run a variety of theatre trips to enhance students’ appreciation of literature texts, and in Year 7 students have the opportunity to visit local places of worship with the Religious Studies department to broaden their understanding of different cultures. In Year 10 and 11 there is also visits to London organised by the Art and Drama departments.
Enrichment opportunities for students also include, whole school ethos trips, team-building activity day at Bradley Woods (Year 7) and ‘We Are Whitcliffe’ activities throughout the year which give students the chance to demonstrate their creative and entrepreneurial skills. Many departments offer a huge number of extra-curricular clubs and teams. The PE department is well known locally and regionally for our successes with traditional and more progressive sports; the music, drama and performing arts department continually stun audiences with their major productions (these have recently included Little Shop of Horrors, Bugsy Malone, Beauty and The Beast, Dracula, and Les Miserables); the Learning Resource Centre runs a variety of craft, reading and catch-up clubs and the list goes on!
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme continues to thrive with over 60 students enrolling in 2015. The award requires students, among other things, to spend a night camping in the countryside. Other residential trips have included; ski trips to Austria, America and Italy; as well as sports tours to Barcelona.
As a school, we see these opportunities as invaluable elements in the personal development of our students; their physical and mental wellbeing and their knowledge and understanding of the world around them. We strive to ensure all students have the opportunity to benefit from enrichment.