The Enrichment programme at Bedford Modern School aims to develop in students the soft skills that will enhance their school experience generally and also provide them with the aptitudes to thrive in the wider world beyond school. The programme is enriching in and of itself, but also facilitates a greater engagement with other things, be they academic, co-curricular or non-school related.

The Enrichment programme is designed to ensure that there is no duplication of content with the PSHEE offer or the Careers scheme; indeed the aim of the Enrichment programme is that it complements and supports these provisions.

Year 9

In Year 9 students have one timetabled Enrichment slot every two weeks – a total of 17 across the year; these comprise a mixture of whole-year group sessions with outside providers, smaller group sessions in the year common room, and tutor group sessions in tutor rooms. Some of the topics covered include motivation, concentration, growth mindsets, character education, sleep, diet and exercise.

Year 10

Whereas Enrichment in Year 9 is focused on enhancing the students’ wellbeing and resilience, the aim of the programme in Year 10 is to develop the students’ ability to work independently through the management of a project. As such, all students in the year group do an HPQ (Higher Project Qualification) in the timetabled Enrichment sessions (two per fortnight). 

Year 11

The Year 11s take part in a carousel of activities designed to open their eyes to a range of volunteering opportunities in the local community. They also undertake a short leadership skills course following the successful implementation of a longer-form equivalent in the Sixth Form.

The aims of the Enrichment programme in Year 11 are thus to broaden students’ horizons and develop desirable character traits, and give an insight into the sorts of opportunities that will be available through the Sixth Form’s well-established outreach/charity initiatives.

The students:

  • help out at Bedford Foodbank;

  • visit local care homes to befriend the residents/create a display for Bedford Central Library;

  • go litter-picking in various Bedford parks and play areas;

  • work with a disability sport charity on creating resources for events and fundraising;

  • undertake a leadership course.