All Year 12 students follow an Enrichment activity which can be taken either as a full year course or two half-year courses. The Enrichment activities are designed to extend and broaden your AS programme. You will be able to choose which Enrichment activity you’d like to follow from an extensive list. These are the Enrichment subjects which were offered in 2014-2015 and a similar range is likely to be offered from September 2015.
College and community
- Duke of Edinburgh award scheme (DEA)
- Hills Road radio show
- The Phoenix newspaper
- Voluntary work
You will have access to some of the best indoor and outdoor sports facilities in the region. Including Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Football, Frisbee, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Rugby, Squash, Tennis and Volleyball.
Languages and subjects
If you don’t want to take a language at AS or A level, a number of other opportunities are available to enable you to try a new one. Including Anthropology, Architecture, Biotechnology, Chinese GCSE, Current affairs, Forensic science, Investigating health and medicine, Italian for beginners, Italian GCSE, Japanese for beginners, Psychology and Robotics.
“One of the best things I have done when at Hills Road is the student robotics competition. We built and coded a fully functioning autonomous robot. We then travelled to Southampton University to take part in a two day competition. This year's robot, Dante (named after Dante's Inferno) was a steampunk themed robot, built out of brass and mahogany. Although it was a huge task to get the robot built and tested on time, it was one of the best experiences of my life, having to make every individual component from raw material.”
A large variety of musical activities are offered as part of the Enrichment programme. Including Brass Ensemble, Chamber Choir, College Choir, Jazz Choir, Jazz Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra, FolkRoots Group, Music Technology, Radio Studio, DJ Skills.
These activities are open to all students regardless of subjects studied. Some of the ensembles are auditioned and some are open to all. There are regular concerts, both formal and informal, held at venues such as Ely Cathedral, King’s College Chapel, West Road Concert Hall and in the Colin Hill Recital Room at the College, with plenty of opportunities for ensemble and solo performances. There is an annual Carol Service which takes place in St John’s College Chapel or Great St Mary’s Church. The Chamber Choir and a group of instrumentalists tour every two years, and visited Krakow in July 2015. The Jazz Orchestra and FolkRoots group toured Belgium in July 2014 with another tour planned for July 2016. Instrumental and vocal tuition is offered at the College, with specialist teachers employed by the College. These lessons are timetabled in free periods, lunchtimes or after college, so they do not clash with academic commitments. Practice room facilities are good and are available to all students. We encourage students to create their own ensembles and support musical enterprise amongst the students.
Recreation and skills
There are numerous opportunities to play sport just for fun, e.g. fun five-aside football, badminton and basketball tournaments. Including Archery, Badminton/Squash/Table tennis, Ceramics, Cheerleading, Cooking, Dance, Debating, De-stress/relax, DJ skills, Drama production, Fashion, Fashion photography, Filming & photography, Film studies, First aid, Five-a-side football, Fitness (boot camp), Frisbee, Golf for beginners/improvers, Judo, Life drawing, Photography (chemical), Photography (digital), Playtime, Rowing for beginners, Social netball, Slack lining/traversing, Social netball, Sports event leadership and management, Team building & problem solving, Technical theatre and Tennis.
“Enrichment activities allow you the opportunity to do something you like or want to learn more about, from sport activities to learning new languages. I chose Zumba and sports events management, Zumba was a fun and active and sports event management allowed me to gain organisational skills as well as planning and time management skills.”
Drama and Dance
Drama and Dance in the Robinson Theatre have always been one of the College’s strengths, where students can get involved both on stage and behind the scenes. Through the Enrichment programme, performers, directors and technicians will be offered many opportunities to develop their skills.