Discovery Week

At the end of the academic year for Year 12, when exams are behind us and Year 13 courses have begun, students take part in an exciting opportunity, specially designed to prepare students with the type of work they will be going on to do at university level. Each student chooses a stream dependent upon the course they are interested in studying once they leave KSA. Once students have identified their chosen stream, they then develop their specialised research question, much like a student would do at university when preparing to write a thesis or dissertation. Discovery Week follows this timetable:

Monday Work placement Students are provided with a short work placement for the day where they are able to experience a career related to the course they want to study at university level. For example, students interested in studying Psychology at university had the chance to meet with a Market Researcher at a top Marketing firm in the city.
Tuesday Subject stream trip - London Students visit an exhibition/gallery/talk/museum related to a topic they have expressed interest in within their particular stream. For example, students interested in studying the Arts at university (History, English, Law) visited the British Museum to see an exhibition on the Chinese Revolution.
Wednesday Volunteer day All Year 12 students take part in a community-wide volunteering day where students are placed with local charities and organisations to help make a difference to those in need in the local community. Placements this year included working with Depaul, an influential homeless charity.
Thursday Subject stream academic day – KSA Students consolidate all learning from the week to prepare a presentation to their peers on their research question and their discoveries; this is a chance for students to share the great things they have learnt over the course of the week. This work may then be developed into an EPQ to add to a student’s UCAS application.