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Academic Enrichment

Academic Enrichment

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

2016/17 Investment Challenge

This year, we are participating in the London Institute of Banking & Finance's Student Investor Challenge. Teams will invest £100,000 of virtual money in personal share portfolios, and the most successful team will win a trip to New York! This exciting competition is a great opportunity for our students to learn how to invest in a share portfolio. Click here for more information.

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.

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

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