The Junior Leadership Team and School council
All Year 12 students are invited to apply for positions on the JLT. Applicants take part in a 20-minute interview with the Head Teacher and two Assistant Head Teachers.
The JLT are seen as an additional layer to the leadership team and carry out various duties that include:
- Canteen duty at break and lunchtime.
- Year 7 and Year 8 disco.
- Christmas fund raising week to raise money to improve the school environment. Activities include a tag day and cake sale.
- Organising and running a School Talent Show.
- Running an after school debate quiz club for Years 7-10.
- Aiding staff at the school’s Option Evening Events where JLT students work in subject areas and the Head Boy/Head Girl gave speeches to parents.
- Holding meetings with School Governors to talk about a range of school topics.
- Assisting with interviewing prospective job applicants.
Another successful initiative that the school run is allowing our sixth formers to play a crucial role in improving behaviour in the school. Sixth formers join the teaching staff on patrol and work closely with the pupils when in the referral room. As a result, we now employ two ex-students to work in the referral room after successfully demonstrating the qualities required when they were in sixth form.
University Fair at the Emirates Stadium
The Robert Napier School take pupils to the University and Apprenticeship Search Fair at the Emirates Stadium in London.
Alongside the 120 exhibitions ranging from apprenticeship providers, universities and colleges there are also more specific presentations to which the pupils were able to attend including:
- Student Finance – Includes loans, scholarship and bursary information
- Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
- UCAS Personal Statement and application advice
- Oxbridge Applications – Seminar by the University of Oxford
- Why take an Apprenticeship?
- University Panel Discussion
- UCAS Personal Statement and application advice
Career Event Medway Council in Partnership with Medway UTC
In addition to the London University Fair, our Sixth Form students attend a local careers event at Medway UTC on where they are able to speak to employers, training providers and local universities regarding planning for their future careers.
Volunteering, work placements and summer schools
Many of our students have looked beyond the school to gain experience in a range of settings. We have had a number of students sign up as volunteers to work with children with special needs in the local area, while others have worked with elderly residents in the local community to teach them IT skills. We also work closely with the Nuffield Foundation, providing opportunities for our STEM students to apply for competitive places working alongside professional scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians.
All sixth form students in Year 12 complete a 1 week work placement. Where possible, we try and get pupils to experience their desired future careers position or field of work.
The Road safety Experience
Our Sixth Form students attend a presentation in school, delivered by the company ‘License to Kill’, where the students listen to real life accounts given by the police and fire services as well as parents affected by road traffic accidents.
Following the talk delivered by the Police and Fire service, our Year 12 students engage with the Kent and Medway Road Safety experience. This was a valuable experience where the students view a re-enactment of a car crash with real life actors from the emergency services. The students experience interactive stations covering: car stopping distances, drug and alcohol effects on driving and risk taking while driving.
DOMEG Money Matters
The money matters group were selected because they were students who did not have the additional pressure of GCSE English or Maths resit classes and whom the Sixth Form Team thought would respond well to the sessions.
The DOMEG Money Matters course is a programme designed to make students aware of and more comfortable with money. There are 6 sessions covering a range of topics such as the laws regarding finance, credit cards, loans and debt, house prices and university finance.
After the six sessions, the students receive a 30 minute one to one support session with a member of the DOMEG staff.
At the end of the programme, the group have a ‘celebration session’ to reward their hard work and one student was awarded an IPAD after winning the Money Matters Lottery.
Clubs and Societies
Students are encouraged to join existing clubs and societies within the school or to establish their own. Recent societies launched by senior students include the RNS Debate Society and the Psychology Club, both successful clubs open to students throughout the school. For those students with a passion for sport, we are delighted to offer access to the on-site sporting facilities.
The Robert Napier Basketball Academy is now in its fourth year and it is the third year we have offered pupils a chance to continue with their basketball post 16.
Pupils have access to 10 hours of Basketball training each week alongside competitive matches in three competitions.
- The Kent Cup
- The East Kent U19 League
- The Medway District Schools League
Pupils are also able to study coaching and officiating qualifications leading to nationally recognised qualifications.
Finally, it is an expectation that members of the Basketball Academy assist with the coaching of the Key Stage 3 and 4 academies.
Sixth Form Football
Sixth Form Football has taken off this year with over 20 boys attending training after school every Wednesday or Thursday, with fixtures being arranged on a friendly basis with other local Sixth Form football teams.
Question Time Event
Each year, the Citizenship and Politics department run a school Question Time event, aimed at students of all ages. Local representatives from the world of business, politics, justice and media are invited to sit as panellists to answer the questions posed by students in the audience. Students in the Sixth Form are encouraged to attend and contribute as a way of broadening their understanding of current events on a local, national and global scale, while also meeting and networking with key local representatives.
Camps International - Kenya Expedition
After 3 launch assemblies, two pupils took up the opportunity to participate in the Kenya Expedition. Each pupil needed to fundraise approx £4000 for the expedition that took place in the summer of 2019.
Whilst on their 4-week life enhancing school expedition, they had the opportunity to view some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife including elephants, zebras, giraffes, big cats and monkeys as they safari through the exceptional Tsavo National Park.
Kenya has a diverse population, including the world famous, tall, red-robed Maasai tribe who live around the Kenya – Tanzania border. Pupils met with the inspiring Mamas of the local villages as they welcomed them to the community and taught them some of their traditional skills.
Students also took on the challenge of mastering the fundamentals of scuba diving. Learning about equipment and different diving techniques in a confined environment before undertaking a series of open water dives surrounded by marine life whilst completing their PADI Open Water Dive Course.
This year Camps International are now offering a life changing experience to Cambodia!
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Students have the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh award. This is a great opportunity designed to broaden student horizons, whilst developing a completely new skillset which students can take with them into their chosen careers.
The Duke of Edinburgh award is highly regarded by Further Education Institutions, Higher Education Institutions and employers alike.