At Towers School our aim is that every student becomes the best version of themselves. We want to be able to look back and say that ‘we gave our students the knowledge, the values and the vision to achieve further study, successful jobs and happiness. And our co-curriculum is a vital part of that.
We aim to enhance our core curriculum to ensure that our students are given a wide variety of experiences which enrich and broaden their cultural horizons, and we describe this as our co-curriculum. These enhancements range from character education during tutor time, through to a wide selection of enrichment activities after school. We also provide a number of trips enabling students' experiences to develop and increase outside the school environment.
Any activities which take place during the school day are carefully planned in order to minimise the impact upon regular lessons.
At Towers School we offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities. The ‘extra’ refers to an activity being outside of your regular curriculum. This might include doing a sport such as American Football, or enrolling in a First Aid course. Super-curricular activities are those that take your regular curriculum further. They take the subjects that you study in the classroom beyond that which your teacher has taught you or what you have done for homework. For example, you may go into more depth on something you picked up in the classroom, or learn about a new topic altogether.
These activities take a wide variety of forms, including reading, watching videos, independent research, and visiting places of interest. Each student in years 7-11 has been provided with a super-curriculum booklet detailing these activities.
To enhance our students’ experience at the school, we are delighted to offer a range of fun enrichment opportunities, both internally and externally.
The objective of enrichment is to:
- Widen pupils’ intellectual experiences
- Improve independent learning skills
- "Light a fire" within pupils
- Offer them the opportunity to study a variety of options of their choice in something they would not have had a chance to study otherwise.
The school expects all students from every year group, to attend at least 1 enrichment activity/club on a weekly basis each term. They will however be able to change their options after each term.
For any information or questions about the enrichment programme, please contact
Mr Hurren on firstname.lastname@example.org
Towers Scholars is a programme designed to offer students the opportunity to attend lectures and learn about topics that they may not get the opportunity to explore during lessons. The lectures will cover a wide range of subjects in the hope that this will broaden our students horizons, and inspire them to discover more for themselves. We even have a dedicated Towers Scholars section of the library with books on the topics covered in lectures. We hope that these lectures will foster in our students a joy of academic pursuits and learning more about the world around them, that will stand them in good stead once they leave, whether that be going on to University or in the world of work.
There are regular graduation ceremonies for students who attend enough lectures in a given term, which parents are welcome to attend.
Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
About the LRC
Towers School LRC is more than a library. It is a place where students can have access to a variety of resources; access to computers, independent study; social areas; games including, giant chess; a variety of clubs (both at lunch and after school) with staff on hand to support at all times.
The Accelerated Reader Programme is a reading programme which encourages students to become active readers. The LRC stocks well over 11,000 books for students to choose from. The programme enables students to read a book, take a quiz and get immediate feedback. Students respond well to feedback and are motivated to make progress with their reading skills. Pupils develop reading skills most effectively when they read appropriate challenging books – difficult enough to keep them engages but not so difficult that they become frustrated.
The AR programme has been hugely successful for our students and runs daily on a rolling programme for years 7-9.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How long can I sign a book out for?
Both Fiction and non-fiction books can be signed out for 14 days at a time.
- Can I renew my book online?
You can renew your book by emailing:
- Where is the student photocopier located?
At the back of the LRC room.
Events at the LRC
Towers Interpreters/ Buddies
Do you speak another language fluently? Are you interested in becoming a Towers Interpreter?
The role of the Towers Interpreters is to support the emotional health and well-being of new or current learners with English as an Additional Language (EAL). Their role is to also support and liaise with families for whom English is not the mother tongue during meetings or school tours. At the end of the course, you will be awarded a badge and become an ambassador for everyone speaking more than one language.
If students are interested or want to continue, then please see Mr. Parker in MFL.
From time to time, we host students in school from other countries. They are paired up with an MFL Buddy, who looks after them from the start to the end of the school day. They are not required to look after them outside of the school day.
It is the Buddies’ responsibility to
- Make them feel welcome.
- Take them to all of their lessons.
- Inform them when they have PE as they will need to bring some kit.
- Look after them at break time and lunchtime.
- Sit with them in the canteen during lunchtime.
- Escort them to their pick-ups at the end of the school day.
- Look after them during Sports Day.
If you are interested in becoming an MFL Buddy, please see Mr. Parker in MFL.
What do the visiting students think of their MFL experience?
Taiwanese students visited us in July 2017
The MFL Buddies programme continues to thrive at Towers school. We have regular visitors throughout the year, coming mainly from Spain, China, Taiwan and Thailand. These visitors are matched up to a Towers buddy and spend a week or two immersed in our school life. September 2018 sees the arrival of some Spanish students.
Extra Curricular Successes
Duke of Edinburgh Award Bronze & Silver Presentation
On Wednesday 26 April 24 students were invited to the Ashford Panel Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Presentation Evening 2017. The evening recognised the hard work and successes of young people from all over the district who are taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. All have dedicated their own time, energy and great enthusiasm to their Award programme.
Our students qualified for 7 Silver and 17 Bronze DofE Awards. The Award recognised effort and achievement in four sections; Volunteering, Physical, Skill and Expedition.
Congratulations to our students for their phenomenal success and thank you to all the parents, volunteers and assessors for their help and assistance in making this happen.
Congratulations to Emily Teehan on achieving an Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship with EDF Energy
Emily Teehan one of our talented year 11 Science students has just been fortunate in getting an Engineering Maintenance Apprenticeship with EDF Energy, starting this September.
Following an Apprenticeship presentation at Dungeness Power Station early in the year, she went through a very demanding application process and was the only girl out of over 300 applicants to be successful.
It is a four-year programme, and upon completion she will be awarded an Advanced Modern Apprenticeship Certificate in Engineering. She could become a manager at one of EDF’s Nuclear New Build sites, or one of the engineers helping to develop new technology.
Emily is excited about the opportunity and said that ‘After my apprenticeship, there are many opportunities available for me, there are many routes I can follow to develop my career, including the possibility of further education, plus earning a salary’.
‘There really are no limits to how far I could go – not just within EDF Energy, but within the worldwide EDF Group’
Emily will be based at HMS Sultan in Portsmouth for 2 years and get the introduction to engineering and develop those key skills, before returning to the Dungeness Power Station for years three and four.
Her salary has the potential to grow as she gains more experience. Basic pay range from approximately £10,000 in the first year and will increase each year up to approximately £20,000 by year four. In the first two years at HMS Sultan, her accommodation and meals are paid in full.
We wish her every success, which she thoroughly deserves.