Life Beyond Lessons at EPCS

Life Beyond Lessons

Extra-Curricular days:

For the academic year 2015-2016 extra-curricular days are back! Students will experience three full days of social learning through a range of exciting collaborations with other local schools, organisations and events.

Each year group will have a different activity, but across the three days can expect to be invited to attend a trip, complete a community project and to work with an external agency, all to develop key workplace skills in: leadership, organisation, communication, initiative and resilience.

Students will be encouraged to participate in every challenge and representatives from each year will be responsible for compiling the days work into an assembly topic the following week.

Year group Friday 13th November 2015 Wednesday 27th January 2016 Tuesday 21st June 2016
7 Sustrans – promoting sustainable means of transport to school, completing a Bike-a-thon to raise money for Daisy’s Dream Community Pledges – students will offer their time to support a local cause. Winchester Planitarium and Science Museum visit
8 STEM challenge – workshops in robotics and engineering Oxford Castle Unlocked – trip to uncover the history of Oxford Working in the Food Industry
9 London Dungeons and Jack the Ripper tour – trip.

British Values – how historic events shaped our culture.

Drones – workshops in the pros and cons of modern technology Photography exhibition
10 Healthtec and the emergency services – learning CPR and understanding the vast array of jobs associated with the civil service Enterprise – create a successful business in a day! ‘You’re Hired’ Career workshops.


If you feel you have a particular skill you could share with our students, or you work with an organisation that could deliver a workshop that relates to our key skills please get in touch with We want to provide students with as many new and exciting experiences as possible!

World Book Day:

Students in Discovery are encouraged to dress as their favourite character from a selected author’s novels. In 2015 the English Department chose Roald Dahl and we saw Mr and Mrs Twit, the Grand High Witch, Willie Wonka and Charlie, James and a giant peach and many more! Some lessons across the curriculum continued to follow the Dahl theme and students were awarded where their costume went the extra mile!

World Book Day is scheduled for Thursday 13th March 2016. Stay tuned to find out which author we’ll be taking our inspiration from!

Trips and events:

Many, many, many trips take place and are organised by both staff and students. This year alone we have had trips to Belgium, Wales, Berlin, Christmas markets, Krakow…the list goes on, and looks to be even bigger next year! Our HAS (Higher Ability Student) programme consistently takes students out to visit a range of universities or to complete workshops on career opportunities. Every student at some point in the year will undoubtedly be asked to join us on an excursion; we hope everyone signs up for the experience as our trips are always insightful, memorable and help our students to make links between the work they do in school and the rest of the world.

Charity work:

Please see our charity page on the website.

FUSION projects:

Working with FUSION has been a great experience for our students over the last two years. FUSION is a company that works directly with Berkshire Youth and Bracknell Forest Council to deliver sessions to students during their transition from Year 6 into Year 7. A course of 10 weeks brings students in these years together to share in challenges, outdoor pursuits, games and activities, leading to a community ‘action project’ that the students choose themselves! EPCS students and Wooden Hill primary school students effectively managed a litter pick across community areas with the support of FUSION.

We aim to collaborate with FUSION year on year, providing students with the opportunity to lead, organsise and manage their ideas, fostering their creativity and ensuring our youths give something back.

Arts Week:

During Arts Week, students and staff all over the school partake in activities with a specific theme. This year our theme is Alice in Wonderland.

The PA department will ensure the week is a lot of fun, with live music entertainment at breaks and lunchtimes, a Stars in Their Eyes live final after school, a summer fiesta of music, dance and drama and some Year 6 performances from Wooden Hill and Great Hollands.

Christmas Pantomime:

This year students in our Sixth Form will produce a Christmas Pantomime for our Discovery and Destiny students in their Christmas themed assemblies. We will be sure to post some photos from the event!

School Show:

Every year EPCS has a school show. Students can audition from the beginning of the Autumn Term. All details will be released closer to the time.