Music and Art
Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
The college will participate in a new creative music making programme developed by City of Birmingham Orchestra for gifted and talented instrumentalists which is being launched in 2016. Participants will be invited to visit a CBSO Concert at Symphony Hall, work alongside CBSO musicians to create a new piece of music which will be showcased at a final performance in Coventry in the summer term 2016.
In partnership with 13 other West Midlands Music Hubs, the college will participate in the Sparks Programme which has been run by City of Birmingham Orchestra a for a number of years. The Sparks Programme centres around an inspiration day for gifted and talented young instrumentalists, providing them with an opportunity to have a masterclass with a CBSO musician, work in small ensembles with their peers from across the West Midlands (supported by Music Service staff), and play alongside CBSO musicians in a large ensemble piece. While a very simple format this model of activity has a lasting impact on the young participants and the feedback is unanimously positive. A regular theme within the feedback is how valuable working with professional musicians is for young players, and how inspired and motivated they feel following the session.
Both the above programmes offer a unique opportunity for personal development including but not limited to the EPQ qualification.
Theatre workshops are run by the Belgrade Theatre Company in Coventry city centre. The Belgrade Theatre Company has pioneered the educational workshop programme for the last 50 years, delivering to young adults life-long theatre skills that are transferrable to real-life contexts, and helping to build confident and articulate young citizens.
Through a bespoke programme, designed exclusively for the college, our young students master important skills in self presentation and learn confidence-building techniques needed for all aspects of adult life (for example entering a room full of strangers, handling interviews, dealing with a group of people with different expectations).
The college has a dedicated art classroom which students may use at any time. Paint, paintbrushes, canvases and other materials are available at request, and the best pieces will find a home on our newly refurbished corridors.
Sport and Fitness
In addition to the gym facilities at Study Inn, students have access to Xcel, a state of the art sports centre opened in 2008 located just a few metres from the teaching block, which offers vast array of sporting facilities outside and inside including:
- 2 5-a-side all weather pitches
- 4 netball courts
- 6 tennis courts
- Cricket pitch
- 2 grass football pitches
- Rugby pitch
- 4 court indoor sports hall for badminton, volleyball and netball
- 25m, 6 lane swimming pool
- Lifestyles fitness suite
- Group exercise class studio
Also, sporting activities and competitions will be held in conjunction with Westwood Academy. By participating in this way – with English students in an English school setting – students will build their linguistic confidence, cultural awareness and understanding.
At the college, students will have the additional optional opportunity to develop political and social awareness through the college based Parliamentors Leadership Programme. In this Programme you will have the opportunity to:
- See politics in action – Gain a unique insight into the political process while being mentored by Members of Parliament (MPs) and Peers.
- Create social change- Work in mixed-belief teams to create social action projects with support from leading charities.
- Develop leadership skills – Learn through direct experience, expert-led training workshops and events.
Thus is a UN award-winning programme and students have a chance to collaborate with other young people from around the world and create real social change.
Please note that the Parliamentors Leadership Programme is optional and is not included in the tuition fee.