Pupils from Dauntsey’s, who have now completed their GCSEs, are being kept busy with a range of non-curriculum courses thanks to the school’s extensive post-GCSE programme. A highlight for some has been Canine First Aid where pupils learn how to handle and treat a wounded dog.
The range of courses this year includes: Lifeguarding, Emergency First Aid and Rescue, Cookery, Sewing, a Jurassic Adventure, the Dauntsey’s Leadership Academy and the Jolie Brise Life Skills course.
These courses ran during the week after the last GCSE examination and were open to all sixth formers. Each option is designed to provide pupils with specific life skills; some of these are practical, like CPR or cooking, others will affect many areas of their lives, such as teamwork and leadership. Above all, they are designed to be fun.
Headmaster Mark Lascelles said: “The pupils have worked incredibly hard in the run up to, and during, the GCSEs. Understandably they don’t want to go straight back into the classroom having completed their exams.
“Education isn’t just about being in a classroom anyway. As soon as the exams finished, we offered pupils courses that were both fun and useful. The intention is to give them some practical life skills as well as providing a welcome contrast after the intensity of the exam period.”