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Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment

There are a variety Academic Enrichment options open to girls at Francis Holland.

Please scroll down for information on STEM at Francis Holland.

Stretch and Challenge

Consistently impressive academic results show that the girls at Francis Holland are more than capable of passing exams with flying colours. But education should stretch students to achieve the very best they can, beyond exam requirements. We strive to develop a genuine love of learning in our girls, a breadth of knowledge well beyond the curriculum and an appreciation of cross-curricular discovery.

For those who have a particular passion for academic discovery, there is the opportunity to attend a number of enrichment lectures as well as to join weekly meetings with the Curious Club (Years 7-8), the Minerva Society (Years 9-10) and the Blue Stockings (Years 11-13), a club named after the eighteenth century women’s movement. In these we engage the girls in a journey of discussion and discovery on topics as wide ranging as the politics of the 1848 European revolutions to the psychology of psychopaths.

Trips and Lectures

Francis Holland runs a wide range of academic and co-curricular trips, both in the UK and abroad. These are a key part of the enhancement of academic learning, as well as helping to develop confidence and the full range of skills needed for success in a world of such rapid change as ours. There are day trips to local lectures, museums and galleries, choir trips to Sorrento, sports trips to Barbados, art trips to New York, geography trips to the Grand Canyon, religious studies trips to Poland and many more besides.

In addition to these, the penultimate week of the summer term is our Expeditions Week, where girls take part in a series of successively more exciting and demanding expeditions and challenges around the UK. This week is designed to develop courage, character and resilience in our girls and is a key part of our coherent programme of challenge and leadership training that runs throughout their time at school. The expeditions range from hiking and survival skills in the South Downs to a pirate-themed adventure, sailing in the Norfolk Broads.

Career Guidance

'Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life'. Confucius (BC551 - BC 479).

At Francis Holland School careers education starts in Year 9, when the girls are required to make their first major decision, namely the choice of their GCSE option subjects. It accompanies the girls until their final year and in some instances beyond as some girls might come into school for further help and advice even after they have left, and we are very happy to help. Careers education is very much a whole school effort as not only the head of careers but also form tutors, subject teachers, the Head and many other people get involved in its delivery.

STEM at Francis Holland

Please click here to see Mr Dare's STEM assembly.

FHS is a strong believer in promoting STEM to our pupils. We believe that the skills required to excel in STEM are part and parcel of our creative curriculum, as well as possessing a rigour which is highly valued by both universities and employers. FHS also recognises that STEM subjects, especially Physics, Computing and Engineering are areas where girls are underrepresented and we intend to address this imbalance by providing inspirational opportunities to our girls.

We are creating a bespoke program for our pupils to include a STEM club where they have the opportunity to engage in electronic, engineering and computing projects, we are increasing our already exciting programme of guest speakers and we will provide challenging problems every week on the website to stretch and challenge our best and brightest. Finally we will place on the website a selection of external opportunities in STEM that are available for the girls to apply to independently (with our support if required).

Please view the individual sections to see what is currently happening in the various elements of our STEM programme.  

STEM News

Maths Masterclasses - December 2017

Talk on Stem and the Art of Channel Swimming - December 2017

External STEM Opportunities

In this section we will list any upcoming external STEM opportunities which we think may be of interest to Francis Holland students. For more information please contact Mr Dare.

Please click here to read about UCL Science Centre's Lecture Programme for Autumn 2017

University Taster Courses

STEM Problem of the week

1st good solutions to get small edible prize plus a star. All interesting solutions to be awarded a star. Please hand in to Mr Dare's pigeon hole by Wednesday morning.

The Maths Problems that drove New Zealand's teenagers to tears

Upcoming STEM talks

Tuesday 30th January - Ayesha Hussain on 'Why STEM adds up for girls'

Ayesha is currently at Imperial College, London, studying for a masters degree in pure mathematics, specialising in number theory. She has already completed a masters at Durham University.

STEM Club

STEM club is a weekly club that takes place on a Monday lunchtime. It is an opportunity for the girls to do some hands-on Science/Engineering. Projects planned for this year include, within electronics, temperature and light sensors, speakers and even building a radio receiver from scratch. Other projects will be building small Lego robots and then programming them, and building a model of an eco-town. However, we will support any (sensible and affordable) project suggested by the pupils. 

Although there will always be a teacher in attendance, this will be a girl-led club, supervised by the STEM prefect and an old girl who has kindly volunteered her time. Pupils will be given their own laboratory books and be expected to plan their projects from scratch prior to executing them. They will then reflect on their progress and use this to improve in their next project, thus emulating the process of ‘real’ Science.

Please watch this space for photographic updates on the girls’ progress!

 

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life

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