Our Active Citizen Programme combines three areas: the Professional Skills Programme, Volunteering and Enrichment to help ensure our students leave Sydenham High as well rounded, engaged and skilled young people. Taking place over the course of year 12, every student will undertake all three aspects of the programme throughout the academic year.
Professional Skills Programme
The Professional Skills Programme aims to equip you with relevant and transferable skills for life beyond school. You receive specialist training in corporate communication, make contacts in the professional world and complete a self directed project in order to build on and develop your professional skills.
We have contacts with large firms in the City of London who come into school to help our students develop their abilities to email, speak on the phone and conduct meetings and interviews in a professional and effective manner. Using London and working professionals as a resource, this programme provides the students with the skills needed to gain work experience, internships, places at university and on graduate schemes in their not-too-distant future.
Volunteering within the local community is an opportunity for you to give back to the people and area around you, whilst also developing key skills in communication, empathy and team work. Undertaking a volunteering placement will allow you to try something new, meet a variety of people and contribute to the wider world around you. You will undertake a range of volunteering placements from supporting in local primary schools, working in charity shops and residential homes or undertaking community project work.
Developing interests outside of the A Level curriculum is vital in helping to shape curious young people. Our enrichment programme offers a variety of courses that allow students to learn new skills or try an activity that challenges them physically or mentally. There are a wealth of courses available to students including political awareness, photography, first aid, rock climbing and sign language to name a few.