The Langton Extended Curriculum

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Langton Extended Curriculum

Overview

As part of their timetable, all Year 12 students enrol for a Research Project, take part in the Intellectual Vision and Endeavour (IVE) programme, study an Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) and follow the Careers Curriculum.

Many of our students enrol for our elective programmes and join our four specialist centres of excellence; the Mind Lab@SLGGS, the Langton Language Centre, the Sport England Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS) and Langton Music School.

Award Winning Research Projects@SLGGS

Research Projects are timetabled on Wednesday afternoons:

The Orchard Project@SLGGS

Having been awarded a Royal Society partnership grant to carry out research into the impact of biodiversity on well-being, students work with the Biology Department and ecologists from the University of Cambridge who have extensive experience in ecosystems.

Perfume@SLGGS

After signing a confidentiality agreement, students work with industry to analyse the chemical make-up of perfume and effect that smells have on humans.

Changemakers@SLGGS

Students work with a global network of social entrepreneurs, innovators, business leaders, policy makers and activists to build an ‘’Everyone a Changemaker’’ world.

CERN@SLGGS

Students use a particle detector from CERN to carry out autonomous research including the angle at which the sensor affects the number of muons detected or, more recently, the awarding winning research conducted in to the radioactive properties of tea.

Comedy@SLGGS

Working with lecturers that teach stand-up comedy at UKC, students work to obtain a platform to deliver their own material and investigate the ways in which comedy can empower young people; giving them a voice, defusing tension and stress, creating friendships and connections.

Philosophy@SLGGS

Students are introduced to a range of history’s most influential thinkers, from Aristotle and Descartes to Peter Signer. Working with University lecturers, the Project allows students to study of the ultimate nature of existence, reality, knowledge and goodness, as discoverable by human reasoning.

Greenpower F24@SLGGS

We inspire our students to excel in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) through a unique challenge: to design, build and race an electric car. Students can compete at Greenpower events in the UK and other countries including the USA, Poland and China.

ArchIVE@SLGGS

Students engage with the theory of archives and analyse materials and artefacts that have been never accessed by academics before at the Cold War and First World War archives at Dover Castle.

Intellectual Vision and Endeavour (IVE) Programme

The IVE Programme is timetabled every Friday morning in Year 12.

The IVE Programme encourages a culture of intellectual expansion through a programme of weekly innovative and visionary lectures and original research projects delivered by subject specialists, professors, doctors and world leading experts in their field.

Our students’ participation in ground breaking research since 2018 has led to hugely reduced offers from universities and helped students to make the transition between school and university.

EPQ

EPQ lessons are timetabled in January in Year 12.

The EPQ is an independent project carried out by the student with the help of one of our expert supervisors. Students choose to write a 5000 word dissertation or scientific report or an essay supplemented with an artefact or a performance.

In 2019, 58% of students achieved an A* - A Grade and 85% achieved an A* - B grade and led to reduced offers from universities, develops essential ‘’soft’’ or transferrable skills and had a positive effect on outcomes at A Level.

Award winning Careers Curriculum

Tutorials take place in Terms 4 and 5 and ‘’Careers Lessons’’ are timetabled in term 6.

Langton Girls’ Grammar holds the Investors in Careers quality award and is identified as ‘’the leading school in Britain for the quality of its careers programme’’ (The Key for School Leaders).

One of only three schools in the country to achieve all of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks (State of the Nation report), our careers programme ensures that students ‘’have their education or training futures organised’’ (Ofsted).

All students have 2 ‘’Careers Lessons’’ to begin the process of planning for their future including UCAS, Degree Apprenticeships, School Leavers Programmes, Employment or Gap Year.

Our Careers Fair, Study Abroad Fair and ‘’Future Evening’’ and ‘’Finance Evening’’, run by recruitment specialists and admissions tutors, means that our students understand their progression routes, understand the benefits of networking and how to manage money.

Unlimited 1:1 careers guidance appointments throughout Years 12 and 13, personal statement clinics and mock interview panels means that our students benefit from being part of a school where ‘’comprehensive support for university applications is a strength’’ (Ofsted).

Centres of excellence

Many students enrol in to one of our ‘’Centres of excellence’’.

Mind Lab@SLGGS

Our ground breaking centre for psychological research and enquiry opened in 2019 and is the first school based centre of its kind in the country.

Students work alongside Mrs Homerston, Director of the Mind Lab, and academics from the University of Kent to carry out cutting edge research, psychological experiments and inform whole school policy on mobile phone use or how students experience positive emotions or what affects peer relations.

Langton Language Centre (LLC)@SLGGS

A hub of excellence for languages, students can learn to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and a plethora of ‘’unusual’’ languages like Korean, Arabic, Italian, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin or Polish.

Ab Initio courses in Spanish, an increasing portfolio of lectures on topics such as Austrian literary culture, the Cuban Revolution or on ‘’Why French is like Cockney’’ sit side by side conferences, trips and the work our students do with academics from the University of Kent and Canterbury Christ Church.

The ‘’Active Minds’’ Project, in conjunction with completing a language leaders course explores the effect of learning a language on the mind and dementia. An exploration of the linguistic heritage of the British Isles gives students the opportunity to find out about why Latin, French and German phrases exist in our society today. Research into the use of standardised English and ‘’Alyesham-onics’’ – an exploration of the language history of Aylesham and their particular ‘dialect’ – are other areas that our Sixth Formers have investigated.

Sport England Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS)

Run by university sport scientists, strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionists, psychologists, lifestyle practitioners and UK Anti-Doping Educators, SLGGS is one of only a tiny handful of institutions in England which gives our elite athletes access to this programme.

The TASS scheme helps athletes in education – aged 16-plus – to get the very best from their sporting and academic careers without having to choose between the two with sports including Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Netball, Rugby, Shooting, Swimming, Tennis and Triathlon.

Langton Music School

Students who have an interest in singing, playing, conducting or events planning have been involved in music tours from France to Austria, Belgium to the ‘’Five Cathedrals in a Day’’ tour in England.

There is an abundance of ensembles, choirs a full orchestra and a Sixth Form Barbershop which means that even those who do not study Music at A Level can continue to pursue their love of music outside the curriculum.

Elective programmes

Elective programmes are optional and run during lunchtimes:

Medics, Dentsits, Vets (MDV) programme@SLGGS

Identified by Kent Medical School as the hub school to support all other schools in East Kent, the MDV programme has resulted in 100% success rate in securing offers in Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary Medicine for the last 6 years.

Top Flight programme@SLGGS

Our very successful specialist support programme for students who wish to apply for highly competitive courses like Law at highly competitive institutions such as Oxbridge the Ivy League, Central St Martins or apprenticeships at the Bank of England or Jaguar Land Rover.

Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) programme@SLGGS

The PPE programme introduces our students to the study of the great modern works of economic, political and philosophical thought through an innovative series of tutorials and speakers as we help students understand ethical judgements, determine how resources are allocated and evaluate the choices that political systems must regularly make.

Clubs, Societies and Publications

Clubs and societies run during lunchtimes and after school.

There are over 20 clubs and societies, most of which are led by Sixth Form students. The Eco - Society, LGBT+ Society and Classics Society sit alongside student publications, journals and magazines such as the Young Scientists Journal, The F – Word and The Langton Lion.

Trips

Students travel to dozens of destinations in Years 12 and 13 from Vietnam to Greece, Amsterdam to Italy. DofE Gold@SLGGS means that students push personal boundaries, gain new skills and enhance their CVs and university applications in the process and the World Challenge trip challenges students to survive for three weeks in a far flung land!

Student Leadership Team

Students are elected to positions of responsibility in Year 12

Head students lead and manage the students in Years 7 – 13, House Captains manage whole school events and oversee the school’s charitable work and Senior Prefects oversee the day-to-day running of the school; all are elected to their post in Year 12.