New College Worcester (NCW), Whittington Road, Worcester, WR5 2JX
A large part of the New College Worcester Offer is about providing students with opportunities to be involved in extra-curricular activities. The College has a dedicated and qualified Activities Team, who are responsible for a full and varied programme of activities.
Part of this is to ensure that students have every opportunity to be involved in activities that their sighted counterparts have living full time in their homes. It is also to ensure that NCW students are able to integrate into the community and be a part of community groups such as drama groups, running clubs and scouts.
Whilst the activities offered fulfil the desire for fun, taking part in extra-curricular activities helps build self-esteem, resilience and a can-do attitude that is so important for youngsters heading toward adulthood and a life beyond NCW.
Every evening after school there are options for activities to suit a range of interests. For those who love a physical challenge there are activities such as after school school swimming, tandem riding, football, climbing or judo. For those of a more creative nature there are different craft activities, baking or choir. Individual requirements are also accommodated – such as riding lessons, Scouts or Youth Theatre.
Weekends at NCW are also filled with activities and outings. Most students at NCW stay at the weekends, unless it is a Home Weekend which happens once every half term where students have a long weekend at home to spend time with their families and friends.
Weekend activities are made up of a combination of on and off campus, with a choices to suit everyone’s individual tastes. Examples of weekend activities include tandem riding, bingo, quizzes, sewing, board games and jewellery making, with examples of off-campus trips being outings to the cinema, ten pin bowling, indoor sky diving and ice skating.
"I do as many activities as I can. I love going to watch the rugby at weekends" Jack, Year 9
Download the current programme of weekend activities here: Weekend Activities Spring 2019 Feb - April
Every year during the summer term years 7, 8 and 9 go off on residential camps for a few nights. Whilst they are away they will work on team building exercises, push themselves on challenging activities like rock climbing and swimming in the sea or develop new skills such as bushcrafts. Being away from campus and doing new and sometimes difficult (and cold!) activities can be really rewarding when challenges are overcome and fears conquered.
As well as local trips and summer camps, the College has organised exchange trips and adventure travel trips. As well as exchange visits to partner schools as part of a Languages curriculum, field trips to Europe for the Humanities and an annual beach day every year, the Activities Team have run ski trips and exciting trips to destinations such as Iceland and Morocco.
On a recent visit to Iceland New College Worcester students and students from a local Worcester independent school teamed up for a week of amazing experiences – hiking along glaciers, camping in sub-zero temperatures and bathing in hot springs.
“I've been on some amazing trips since I've been at NCW. Last year I went skiing - I never thought I would be able to ski but I did! I went on the Iceland trip as well, which was a real challenge but such an experience” Sixth Form student Amy
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
NCW offers students in Year 10 and above the chance to work towards their bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award, the world’s leading youth achievement award and a journey of fun adventure and major challenge. Students focus on a wide range of activities – pushing personal boundaries, gaining new skills and enhancing their CVs and university applications.
There are 4 areas to work on to gain the award: something physical, learning a new skill, getting involved in something voluntary and expedition experiences.
Examples of the physical element might be goalball, climbing or tandem riding. Voluntary work might include supporting the lower school houses, volunteering as a Park Run marshal or helping out with the elderly. A new skill might be rifle shooting, music lessons or chess. The expedition element comprises three weekends learning survival and camping skills, walking and climbing and endurance exercises in the Malvern Hills, Wyre Forest, Forest of Dean or Cannock Chase.
Successful are given their award in front of the whole college during an assembly.