At Linton Village College, we believe in broadening young people’s horizons by taking them out to explore the wider world. It is our aim that all students should have the opportunity while they are with us to visit the theatre, go to a concert, visit an art gallery, try out a new sport, do some community service, travel abroad and sleep in a tent. Our students remember their school trips for the rest of their lives and look back on them as some of the fondest memories of their time at LVC.
All educational visits are planned in accordance with OEAP National Guidance (www.oeapng.info) and use the Evolve system. Educational visits are overseen by the College’s Educational Visits Coordinator (EVC).
All students in Years 7 to 9 take part in an Enrichment Week during the summer term. In 2018, Year 7 students have a varied programme that includes a forensic science murder mystery, multi sports along with off-site visits to the Planetarium, Greenwich and Framlingham Castle. Year 8 have a programme that includes a day based on promoting teamwork in the style of Dragon’s Den, a day exploring the music industry and a visit to Thorpe Park. Year 9 students have a choice of residential trips including scuba diving in Lanzarote, water sports in South West France, a cultural visit to Paris and outdoor activities in the Peak District.
Many students take part in residential or day trips as part of their studies. Students taking GCSE Geography have visited Snowdonia and undertake fieldwork at the Olympic Park, Stratford and study coastal erosion in Essex. GCSE Art students visit Tate Modern and the Fitzwilliam Museum, GCSE Drama students get the chance to visit a West End show and write a review, and GCSE Music students go on an opera trip to London. GCSE French students have the opportunity of a residential trip to a French language immersion centre in Normandy and GCSE Spanish students enjoy a residential visit to Murcia. Members of the Symphonic Wind Orchestra have performed concert tours in Italy, Spain and Croatia.
Students approaching the end of Year 9/Year 10 can join the Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme, gaining their Bronze Award through community service, volunteering and camping expeditions in the UK. This is really valuable experience based programme.
The Linton Enrichment Challenge reflects our commitment to value and celebrate the enrichment activities that students undertake outside of school hours. LVC has decided to do this with an award, called the Enrichment Challenge.
During tutor mentor sessions, students will discuss the enrichment activities they hope to participate in and reflect upon which skills they will use. Each level of the award is completed when 8 / 10 skills have been agreed, with Year 7 aiming for the Bronze Award, Year 8 the Silver Award and Year 9 the Gold Award.
When each level has been completed, students will receive a Linton Learner Postcard and a Bronze, Silver or Gold Star respectively, which should be worn on their blazer.
In 2013, we launched the Linton Enrichment Challenge for all students in years 7 to 9 to recognise and reward achievement in extra-curricular activities both in and out of school. It could be for singing in the college choir, taking part in a drama group, visiting a museum, having riding lessons, learning a new sport or volunteering for charity. Students in year 7 can gain the Bronze award, year 8 the Silver and year 9 the Gold award.