Our enrichment programme has been designed to enhance the academic curriculum and expose students to a broad range of ideas and activities
We aim to provide students with opportunities to develop leadership experience, teamwork, adaptability and transferable skills, as well as engaging in critical thinking.
Enrichment takes place fortnightly, typically in mixed groups of Y12 & 13 students.
The KAS Academic Lecture Series is an inter-disciplinary forum where guest speakers lecture or present on their area of expertise. Students then have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A. Previous topics have included Dr Simon Singh on Mathematics in the Simpsons, The Cambridge Institute of Astronomy on comets, Journalist Sam Leith on Rhetoric and Laura Bates on Everyday Sexism.
Special classes and workshops will be provided on study skills, health, and well-being throughout the year. Regular callovers (assemblies) will also provide Sixth Form students with the opportunity to engage with a wide range of issues designed to enhance their understanding of the world around them.
At the start of the school year Y12, students go on a two-day camp, away from the School. Bringing together old and new students in a relaxed setting helps to create friendship bonds and build community spirit and teamworking skills.
Sixth Formers also have the option to join both the school ski trip and a trip to Sri Lanka in the Easter break to volunteer with our sister school and experience life in a different culture.
There are a wide range of trips designed to enhance the curriculum and students have many opportunities to visit London’s varied cultural facilities. Last year, these included various plays and musicals, art and photography shows, and visits to galleries, workshops, museums, university degree shows, businesses, book readings and festivals, Biology and Geography students organise residential fieldwork in various parts of the country and abroad. Art and Photography students travel every year to a foreign city, which in the past has included Berlin, Barcelona, Venice, Istanbul and Paris. The History/Government and Politics department has led trips to Washington, Cuba and Moscow. The Computing department has taken students to New York to enhance their understanding of technology in the States and our Physics Sixth Formers will benefit from the biannual trip to Cern in Switzerland. Geography has many fieldtrips including to the Sussex coast and the Living Rainforest.
Delivered once a week, PSHE in the Sixth form at KAS involves a series of themed blocks, which change every half term. Students have the opportunity to suggest topics for study and discussion that they would find especially useful or interesting. Currently the blocks include: Learning to learn: study skills of an independent A level student; Addicted to life: all about addictions and how to deal with the demands of modern adolescence; Relationships and sex education: managing intimate and family relationships; Healthy lifestyle: looking after our physical health, through sensible nutrition, exercise and illness awareness; Coping with stress and anxiety through resilience and mindfulness. Other topics include: the world of money, issues in modern society, law and justice, diversity and equality, and many more.
All Sixth Formers at KAS have games on their timetable and there is a choice of sports to get involved in including: football, basketball, netball, fitness, yoga, pilates, tennis, rounders, badminton and volleyball.
Sport is compulsory and it gives you a chance to get out of the classroom and get some exercise.
Throughout the year, there will be fixtures for our sports teams: football (boys and girls), basketball (boys) and netball (girls). All Sixth Formers are welcome to come to after school clubs to practise for these fixtures.
Our fitness studio is available to Sixth Formers to use in their free time, once they have completed a gym induction.
There are many opportunities for students to get involved in drama and musical productions. Some recent productions across the Upper School have been: Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, and the school’s Shakespeare Festival included Romeo & Juliet, A midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing.
Each year there is an Upper School musical production. Last term’s was Sweeny Todd, and other recent productions have been Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls, Grease, Legally Blonde and Les Miserables.
Throughout the year there are a number of Theatre trips, music concerts: Soloists, Christmas concert, Summer concert, ‘Unplugged’ and ‘Axemonsters’.
The school has three boats, built by staff and students (with help from boat designer Nigel Irens) and named after Viking King Alfred’s three daughters: Æthelflæd, Æthelgifu, and Ælfthryth. There are many opportunities for students to sail the KAS boats: the Thames Great River Race, the Picknett challenge, various locations for KAS students and families in the summer holidays.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award has been running at KAS for several successful years now. The award can be started in Year 9, 10, 11 or in the Sixth Form. The award is vocational in its nature, and can reward students with a great sense of achievement and purpose, especially when helping others in the volunteering section and when working in a team for the expedition.
For the last couple of years The King Alfred School Society has organised and hosted a day of TEDx talks which has featured Sixth Formers among the speakers. Pitching their ideas and refining their talk before performing it in front of an audience is a hugely rewarding experience for our students. Find out more here.