Enrichment activities are a key part of the student experience at the college, providing a counter-balance to the academic rigour demanded in their subjects. The programme provides opportunities for relaxation for our students, whilst also helping them to develop transferable life skills and supporting their university applications.
The college also organises educational visits throughout the UK, along with weekend excursions and activities which focus on developing social bonds between students.
Our theatre workshop programme is run by the Belgrade Theatre Company in Coventry city centre. As one of the leading UK theatre companies, it has pioneered the educational workshop programme for the last 50 years, delivering to young adults life-long theatre skills that are transferable to real-life contexts, and helping to build confident and articulate young citizens.
The bespoke programme, designed exclusively for the college, focuses on developing and mastering key skills in self-presentation and confidence-building in our students. The workshops, which run each Saturday throughout the academic year, culminating in a public performance in the theatre at the end of the Spring term.
This year’s production ‘Unmade’ was specifically written for our students. Watch the video here.
Our teachers aim to integrate art into their lessons, to emphasise the interconnectedness of science and art. When learning about sound waves in Physics, for example, our students experiment on the wide range of musical instruments in college. In Biology, the students created their own 3D cells using a range of materials to reflect the diverse structure of cells in nature. In Chemistry, students create their own confectionary, experimenting with different chemical reactions to create optimum flavours.
To further support this we have a designated art room for students to use independently, providing a space for creative expression and reflection. Paint, paintbrushes, canvases and other materials are available at request, and the best pieces are exhibited throughout the college.
Clubs and Societies
We offer a range of clubs and societies, which reflect the interests and passions of both students and teachers, and we encourage and support students to create new clubs and societies based on their interests. This year’s organisations include:
DebSoc (Debating society)
PySoc (Computer Programming and Coding )
Sport and Fitness
All students have weekly sports sessions, led by professional coaches at our partner school, Westwood Academy. In addition, the college organises a varied programme of sports activities throughout the year at the Xcel sports centre, adjacent to the teaching block.
All students who reside at City Village, Coventry have access to first class, on-site gym facilities.
Weekend activities can also have a sporting flavour, such as a cycling trip.
Politics, culture and language intertwine in the parliamentors programme, where students are challenged to engage with the key political questions of our time in the epicentre of British government.
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 students 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.
All students will take part in the Parliamentors Leadership Programme.
Find out more about the Paliamentors programme here.