The CORE Programme
Comprising a varied range of topics and speakers and incorporating careers and higher education advice, the CoRE Programme is closely linked to the ethos of the college. The aim is to develop qualities such as Commitment, Openness, Reflection and Enthusiasm so that students grow in maturity and confidence as they look to life beyond Princethorpe College. The CoRE Programme for both year groups ties into the fortnightly Life Skills Period in which time is set aside for personal, social, health, and citizenship issues.
A broad range of speakers are invited to address the students. These include the founders of the Leamington Night Shelter, a former BBC news journalist, an exdrug addict now running two schools for delinquent children in London and Old Princethorpians who have engaged in volunteer work in Africa or Asia.
As part of the CoRE Programme, issues are explored from a moral and religious perspective. Debates are led by visiting speakers and by Sixth Formers themselves.
The motions have ranged from the idea of arming all UK police officers to legalizing euthanasia, abolishing faith schools and the morality of torture.
In addition, students receive essential advice and information about careers, applying to university, vocational courses, apprenticeships and the world of work.
In the Lower Sixth, all students are encouraged to extend their interests and to develop new skills. One period of the CoRE Programme each week is specifically set aside for this through our extensive Enrichment Programme that offers options
- An introduction to Law
- Financial Studies (IFS certified course, generates additional UCAS points)
- The Extended Project
- An introduction to Japanese language and culture
- Community Service
- Introduction to Film-making
- The Young Enterprise Scheme
- Car maintenance
- General First Aid (delivered and certified by the British Red Cross)
- Personal Safety Course
The Upper Sixth are offered a similar combination of careers advice, discussion, talks and debates in their fortnightly CoRE lesson.
As a whole, the CoRE Programme encourages students to think critically, logically and constructively about the world in which they live and to look forward to the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
Mrs Helen Pascoe-Williams
Leader of Learning, Innovation and Character Development, Teacher of English & Drama, da Vinci Co-ordinator