ENIRICHMENT at Priestley means: Travel. Performance. Excitement. Achievement. Creativity and much, much more.

You can travel the UK and the world through all the added extras Priestley has to offer including residentials in Washington, New York, Paris and London.

Last year alone, more than 1,200 students took part in 29 residentials – including eight overseas.

Whether you are a budding scientist, aspiring actor or actress, doctor or writer there is something to enrich your college experience beyond the classroom.

Not only that, they will give you valuable experience that will put you ahead of your peers when it comes to university places and employment.

You can pursue the Duke of Edinburgh Award, escape on a creative writing retreat or take part in a Pre Medical course designed to prepare you for work in the profession.

The Graduate prepares you for applying for places at Russell Group universities and if you are looking to become an engineer you may want to test your skills with our model aeroplane team.

For more details – or to suggest other enrichment activities you would like to see at Priestley – email Mark Edgington at m.edgington@priestley.ac.uk

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Priestley is a centre for the Duke of Edinburgh Award – the world’s leading achievement award for young people.

As an operating authority for the award we are able to  independently run the course and issue gold, silver and bronze honours. Activities and residentials can be organised around the exam timetable to make sure everyone has time to fit in their studies and DofE.

Head of Sport Nigel Howells, who will oversee the DofE activities at Priestley, said: “It means we can run our own programme, but obviously working within the guidelines of the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

“We are finding that for some students the Duke of Edinburgh is one of the reasons they choose Priestley and now we will be able to fit it in around their studies.”

The Duke of Edinburgh Award’s goal is to create a world where young people can reach their full potential whatever their circumstances.

It provides a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and teamworking.

Its ethos is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers. Nigel said that was in-keeping with Priestley College’s principles.

“All young people should be given every support necessary in order for them to achieve,” he said.

This is a typical selection of the enrichment activities that are available to all students…

National Citizen Service

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a government-backed programme which is supported by Priestley College and ran by Warrington Youth Club. The NCS team are in Priestley College throughout the year please speak to them for more information.

NCS itself is split involves a 3 night residential during October half term, followed by 3 community workshop days then making a positive change in your community.

The key benefits are:

  • Developing key employability skills including: leadership, project management, problem solving, budgeting, team work, communication, confidence, plus many more!
  • Meeting new people and learning to work with people from different backgrounds.
  • NCS is recognised by UCAS and assists young people write their UCAS personal statements when they apply for university.
  • Apprenticeship providers recognise the vast range of transferable skills gained.
  • Helps connect young people to their local community through social action projects designed and delivered by the young people themselves.

For more information or to sign up please contact Rebecca Routledge at Warrington Youth Club on 01925 909678 or 07432 636826 or visit the Warrington Youth Club website. www.warringtonyouthclub.co.uk

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