Academic Enrichment

At Malvern we aim to provide a learning environment, which encourages each pupil to maximise his or her academic potential and where each pupil’s intellectual needs are addressed.

We believe in enrichment for all rather than just for our academically most gifted pupils. We offer an extensive range of academic enrichment opportunities, both inside the classroom and outside it. Enrichment is designed both to broaden and deepen pupils’ learning experience, raising their aspirations and achievement in the process. A particularly exciting recent development has been the introduction of our A Level Enrichment programme which offers pupils the chance to choose a broader range of Sixth Form academic studies, including the Extended Project, which is highly valued by universities and encourages independent learning.

Our academic departments lay on a variety of enrichment activities: lectures by visiting speakers, such as the leading historian Dominic Sandbrook (OM) who has spoken on the rise of Margaret Thatcher; educational visits such as the Chemistry Department’s trips to the laboratories at Warwick and Bristol Universities or the Design Technology Department’s trip to the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford; and participation in regional and national competitions, such as the Maths Olympiad and the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge. In recent terms our pupils have been privileged to hear high profile speakers such as the poet Andrew Motion, the philosopher A C Grayling, and, the former Governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King.

Academic clubs feature prominently in our weekly Co-Curricular programme and encompass an extensive array of subjects and interests designed to stimulate and challenge our pupils. They include: Debating, the Qinetiq Engineering Scheme, Robotics, the Literary Society, Greenpower Challenge, Model United Nations, Philosophy Club and Maths Team Challenge. Our Academic Societies such as the Lucretian Society (for Science) and the Weatherill Society (Economics and Politics) run a programme of lectures and events throughout the academic year. In addition, two College societies provide an interdisciplinary approach to enrichment: the Aston Society, which caters for our Lower School pupils, and the Wheeler-Bennett Society, which is run by members of the Sixth Form. The Aston Society events aim to stimulate pupils’ intellectual curiosity and recent activities have included a visit to Astrium, a satellite production plant, an afternoon exploring Gothic Literature and a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) challenge day in the Design Technology Centre. The Wheeler-Bennett Society meets on several occasions each term to discuss an academic paper on a range of subjects delivered by a Sixth Form to an open audience drawn from all year groups and members of the teaching staff.