At Ashington High School, we are committed to providing as many opportunities as possible for our students. Post-16 time is about much more than just exam results, these years are also the most important time for developing wider skills to take into adult life. We therefore make it a priority to give our students a host of opportunities that will enable them to develop these key ‘life skills’. Post-16 students take part in many visits and opportunities across all curriculum areas, as well as sporting activities and competitive events.
There is a vast range of visits throughout the school year. Residential trips include a skiing trip, Outward Bound trips to Ullswater and the bi-annual trip to New York, next taking place in March 2018. Other trips include numerous theatre and cinema visits, an annual visit to the Law Courts in Newcastle and the opportunity to watch various sporting events. Social events organised include bowling, Christmas shopping at the Edinburgh Christmas Market and a post-exam trip to Northumbria University and to Pegswood Fire Station to complete a Young Drivers Awareness course. Students also get the opportunity to complete a First Aid course. The annual Year 13 Leavers´ Dinner is a marvellous end to our students´ Post-16 career, which is thoroughly enjoyed by staff and students alike.
Our Post-16 sports teams regularly achieve at local and national level. There are regular team fixtures in all the major sports, including football and netball. Our U-19 football squad has in the recent past won the Northumberland League and made it to the quarter finals of the ESFA U-19 National Trophy. There are opportunities to coach younger teams and attain additional qualifications such as the Community Sports Leaders Award and the Higher Sports Leaders Award. Post-16 students are also able to use the sports hall, fitness room (which was extended in Summer 2016), new floodlit 3G Astroturf, tennis courts and fields which provide outstanding sports facilities.
We recognise the benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and many Post-16 students are working towards the different awards with the support of our staff and wider community.
Musicians and performers are well catered for with a wide range of groups as well as music technology provision. Opportunities are also arranged to visit events out of school, as observers as well as participants. Actors perform to a very high standard in a variety of performances, including school productions such as Grease, We Will Rock You and Bugsy Malone as well as the annual ‘Live Lounge’ event. 2016’s school production was Disco Inferno which was performed to great acclaim in February. Artists have an outstanding variety of opportunities; local drawing trips and visits to galleries feed into high-quality work that is celebrated at our annual Art and Performance Faculty Evening.
Scientists benefit from field trips, which recently included a trip to the famous Hadron Collider in Cern, and revision days using external higher-education expertise. Our history and social science students have the opportunity to visit London and the Palace of Westminster, Krakow and Auschwitz, and the Crown Courts to name only a few.