The Options programme enables our boys and girls to study an additional language such as Sanskrit or Arabic, take a practical course in cookery or bookbinding, learn a new skill such as electronics or computer programming, or complement their studies in a particular area of interest such as an Introduction to Political Philosophy, studying British Sign Language or Teaching English as a Foreign Language. A more intensive Community Service option also exists, where students can not only volunteer their time to local projects but also take specific courses to equip them for their chosen community outreach.
The Cultural Perspectives programme is designed to expand our pupils’ cultural and critical awareness within a greater global perspective, challenging the assumption that today’s society is the norm of human experience and that our own way of doing things or viewing the world is the only way. Topics on offer include ‘The Decline of Western Liberalism, ‘The Radical Politics of Race’, ‘Decolonising the Canon’ and ‘Energy Economics and the Environment’. Students complete two Writing Opportunities in the year, in which they are asked to reflect on a range of domestic and global topics, and prizes are awarded for the outstanding pieces of writing.
The John Locke Lecture Series takes place several times each term, within the academic timetable. Eminent speakers from the worlds of business, politics, culture, the military and academia address pupils and engage in lively debate and Q&A on a broad spectrum of topics and viewpoints. Recent John Locke speakers have included Sir Simon Schama, Sir Nick Clegg, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, Sir Richard Dearlove and Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve QC MP.