The super-curriculum gives pupils a chance to take leadership responsibility by designing their own individualised and independent curriculum.
The Super-Curriculum is pupil led. It enables pupils to individualise their curriculum choice whilst supporting the academic core of their GCSE, IB or A level courses. It provides them with a diverse range of studies that are aligned directly to current pupil needs and not purely focused on the intellectual elite. The aim of the Super-curriculum is to engage all pupils at the right level for each individual and to develop pupil leadership.
It is the expectation that all pupils in the Hundred (Yr 10) and above are actively engaged in at least one Super-curriculum society or activity with an intentional focus on developing the life-long skills of intellectual stretch, academic breadth, collaborative research and academic independence.
Our view is that pupil-led Societies should be able to come and go so as to reflect pupil interests and choices. The focus is on the quality of the outcomes rather than quantity of the provision, thereby encouraging pupils to develop intellectual curiosity beyond the confines of examination driven courses.
The Super-curriculum is a fully integrated part of the holistic Malvern curriculum (Academic core - Super-curriculum - Co-curriculum) with direct links to specific subject focus and academic breadth.
Our Economists have the opportunity to stretch themselves through the Meade Read Society (James Meade OM, Nobel prize 1977). Our Philosophers, Geographers, Scientists (Lucretian Society) and Psychology pupils each have their own societies. The linguists can start Russian and all subjects have a full range of national competitions which they can enter (QinetiQ Young Engineers, Royal Economic Society and the full range of Maths, Science and Language Olympiads)
Pupils add academic breadth through a wide range of groups and clubs that include the Environmental Action Group, Hack and Film clubs, Writers Incorporated and the Dust Jacket, Debating and Model United Nations, Amnesty and MIND. A number of clubs, societies have a further education and career focus these include Medical and Law societies and the Engineering and Politics and Foreign Affairs societies.
There are two cross-curricular societies in the school; The Aston (Francis Aston OM. - Nobel prize 1922) Society in the Lower School and The Wheeler Bennett (OM Historian) Society in the Sixth Form. These societies centre on a pupil presentation and a post talk discussion bringing together pupils with a wide range of interests and subject specialisms.