At the heart of our Extended Curriculum is the opportunity for every student to develop and realise an advanced level project
entirely of your own devising. Begun in Year 12, the Extended Project offers the chance for you to gain real independence,
resilience and maturity as an advanced level learner, while pursuing any topic of your choosing. From staging a fashion show
to designing a carbon neutral house, from researching ground-breaking cancer therapies to beginning the novel you’ve always
wanted to write, the Extended Project presents a fantastic opportunity both to pursue your interests and to spread your wings.
Taught in a university style through seminars and 1:1 tutorials, this is a qualification that prepares you well for higher
education and for employment. Just as importantly, it allows you to carve out entirely your own pathway and really follow your
own interests. Best of all, the Extended Project Qualification is an AS level and is well regarded by universities as evidence
that the transition from College to University will be a smooth one for students who have successfully demonstrated their aptitude
for independent learning.
A real strength of the Hills Road experience is the dazzling variety of enrichment opportunities on offer. You can get involved
with everything from Cookery to Chamber Choir and from Robotics to Rowing. Activities include music, sport, art, drama, languages,
discussion groups, Duke of Edinburgh and Young Enterprise. While compulsory for all students in year 12, enrichment activities may also
be taken in Year 13 for those students who wish to
continue them. We hope that there will genuinely be something for everyone in our enrichment programme. It could even be that you
find a new talent or skill through enrichment that you would like to turn into your Extended Project? Perhaps you’ll develop
architectural skills and will consider your own Grand Design, or maybe your Current Affairs enrichment would encourage you to
start a political commentary blog? Whatever you decide, enrichment is your chance to try something new and learn something differently.
See the enrichment page for a full list of activities
During your time with us, through your tutorial programme, the extended curriculum and in your core academic subjects,
you will be encouraged to improve your skills of enquiry and communication, to exercise your rights and responsibilities
effectively, and to develop your role as a well-informed and active citizen. For those who seek more active involvement,
opportunities include membership of the Student Council, membership of societies such as Amnesty International, student
representation on the governing body, and participation in the College’s global citizenship project which is being developed
in partnership with Ndamase School in South Africa. As an award-winning International School, we have a distinctly global
perspective to our outlook and are strengthening our local community links too. Opportunities exist for you to volunteer your
services for any of the College’s major community events and to be an involved and active member of our student body. Recent
examples of whole College community events include the Hills Cultural
Olympiad, the Hills Road fun run, known as the HR4.5 and the hugely popular Copa del Hills
five-a-side football tournament. Next year, it could be you!