At Cockshut Hill we pride ourselves on our commitment to create rounded individuals, not just students who do well in exams but students who are socially conscious and have a strong understanding of the world around them and their place within it.
Our Cultural Experiences programme is therefore designed to open up students’ minds to possibilities. What does a successful life look like? What else is out there to help me become a good citizen? And am I experiencing all there is to offer in society?
Cockshut Hill is also a school that has a population of students who experience extreme deprivation with over 54% of students officially defined as disadvantaged.
With this in mind we have created a virtual cultural capital passport for students to collate as they move through the school.
In years 7-10 all students get to experience two external visits specifically designed to give them cultural experiences that they may not have either experienced before or are unlikely to experience in the near future. Year 11 students have one external visit.
All experiences are paid for by the school – this includes ticket prices and travel expenses. No child should experience less than others because of their financial circumstances.
Examples of the most successful visits include year 10 going to an evening performance of A Christmas Carol by the Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford. Not only did this provide a valuable new experience to many it also linked into their GCSE programme of study.
All of Year 7 visit Cannock Chase at the beginning of their first secondary school year to participate in team building adventure activities. This enables students from over 60 different feeder schools to build relationships and forge friendships for life.
Cultural Capital is vital at Cockshut Hill to show students what life chances they can aspire to. It also provides them with a chance to adapt to different environments and broaden their aspirations, build their social awareness skills and also feel rewarded for the efforts they put in whilst at school. It also fully compliments our curriculums at KS3 and KS4 and enables students to make links between their school work and their lives moving forward.