CARERS and the Extended Project Qualification

At Frances Bardsley we believe that not only are your grades important to you but that you should also benefit from broadening your life experiences and skills alongside your academic studies. With this in mind we have developed the CARERS enrichment programme which every student follows throughout their two years with us.

CARERS stands for:

  • Creativity
  • Articulate
  • Resilient
  • Empathetic
  • Reflective
  • Self-aware

We want to ensure our students to develop and demonstrate these important characteristics in order for them to become a well-rounded, confident and mature individual ready to embrace all of life’s challenges.

The CARERS enrichment programme includes –

PE – Students can choose from a wide variety of activities both inside and outside of school including bowling, yoga, trampolining, zumba, pilates or even using their own personal gym membership.

EPQ – The Extended Project Qualification is undertaken towards the end of Year 12 and during Year 13 leading to the equivalent of half an A Level. It allows you to develop your personal interests on a topic you feel genuinely passionate about plus it is a fantastic opportunity to improve the independent research and learning skills that are highly valued by universities and employers. The end result can be a journal, a model, a film, recording or performance as well as a presentation and a written report of between 1000 and 5000 words.

More information can be found on the AQA website HTTP://WWW.AQA.ORG.UK/SUBJECTS/PROJECTS/AQA-CERTIFICATE/EPQ-7993

Work Experience and Community Volunteering – In an increasingly competitive employment market we need to provide opportunities for FBA students to stand out from the crowd. Girls are encouraged to get involved in the local and wider community by volunteering during some of their free time. Girls are expected to plan and organise work experience relevant to their chosen subject areas in a designated week towards the end of Year 12.

Workshops and Talks – A wide range of topics relevant to young women today will be explored through a programme of both written and practical activities. Visiting speakers from a host of different organisations provide insightful and informative lectures designed to aid deeper thinking and inspire students to reflect on their views and beliefs.

Lessons are held once a week for two hours with your personal CARERS tutor.

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