Life Beyond the Classroom
High Performance Learning
Sixth Form students complete in our Complementary studies twice every fortnight to explore additional attributes to their academics and to enhance their behavioral traits. In order for students to best support their University applications and stand out, they should use their 2 years of the programme to develop a unique portfolio of activities outside of the curriculum through this time as well as through additional ECA’s, hobbies and interests. Please refer to our Sixth Form handbook for a list of activities on offer.
Horizons Week and Work Experience
Horizons Week is a unique feature of WEK, and is a key component in our delivery of a full and broad curriculum. Horizons Week provides the opportunity for students to challenge themselves with new experiences and learn from a diverse range of activities, which often lie beyond the scope of our academic and co-curricular programmes. Here at WEK we strongly believe that what happens outside of the classroom is just as important as what happens in it.
Year 12 students will have the opportunity to take part in activities from helping local communities in Kenya to taking part in Duke of Edinburgh expeditions in Nepal. During this week, students will also have the opportunity to take part in work experience to further enhance their portfolio. The expectation is that students take ownership of their own placement and will be expected to find their own placement.
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is a well-established programme, which provides our students with access to this internationally recognised and well-regarded award. The majority of our Sixth Form students complete the Silver Award in Year 12, with the students traveling on an overseas expedition to Nepal. This is undoubtedly a real highlight of their time in our Sixth Form. The Silver Award includes sections in Volunteering, Physical and Skills development, with an expedition and residential component.
Sports Leaders Award
The PE department offers Sixth Form students the opportunity to complete the Level 2 UK Sports Leaders Award. Focusing on guided and peer-to-peer learning, this award develops effective communication and organisation whilst equipping the students to lead basic physical activities to younger students, their peers, and adults.
Model United Nations (MUN)
The school runs a successful MUN and debating club. Although supported by staff, this programme is largely operated by an elected Sixth Form Secretary General and MUN directors. The club members will represent WEK at a number of local MUN and debating competitions and these students are responsible for coaching the younger students to develop skills and attributes required to be successful.
Global Futures Curriculum
The Global Futures Curriculum (GFC) is a bespoke programme for high school students co-created by GEMS and Singularity University. The GFC provides students with the insight, conceptual framework and tools to understand, and succeed in, a rapidly changing society.
The GFC at WEK consists of ten 2hour modules for students aged 14-18. The programme allows students to understand the nature of exponential technologies (Genetics, Nanotech, Robotics, Quantum Computing, Augmented and Virtual Reality, 3 D printing, Brain mapping and brain scanning, Sensors etc.) and how to leverage it for their future success in a world of accelerating change.
Starting in September 2020, students following an IBTEC Career Related Pathway will also gain access to an internship programme. This will mean students having the opportunity to gain weekly access to dedicated work experience and by doing so, learn from the experts in their field.
To do this, a bespoke programme will be developed for each student to allow time out of school and in their work placement. WEK through the support and extensive network of GEMS Education are currently developing various partnerships with local industry.
Universities will naturally be interested with students that have first-hand work experience to go with their BTEC qualifications.
A rich and prolific range of performance opportunities are available to every student at WEK. The Music and Drama Departments host a thriving programme of co-curricular events encompassing a variety of activities that encourage and challenge the large numbers of students that regularly participate.
From grand scale productions for all ages to smaller ensemble pieces and a House Drama competition, there is plenty to be involved with.
The making and performing of arts at WEK enable students to develop essential life skills: physical and vocal self-confidence, the social disciplines of working in a group, an extended emotional range, development of creativity and a respect for the work of others.
The department has an enviable reputation for the quality of its public performance work and original writing. Past performance projects have included the Wizard of Oz, Annie, Beauty and the Beast, Peter Pan and the most recent Hairspray. Students can also opt to be involved in technical theatre, costume and front of house roles. Theatre productions, for many of our students, form the highlight of their year. The passion, talent, care and support that goes into the making of our theatre projects is inspirational and always unforgettable.
Explore Sixth Form
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Curriculum OverviewWe are a British Curriculum School that offers A Level, International A Level and BTEC International qualifications during Post 16 education
Post 16 Elite Sports ProgrammesWe will be offering the first Football and Swimming Elite Sports programme in the UAE run for Post 16 students
Subject OverviewsView our subject options, overviews, and pathways
Applying From Another SchoolOur Admission Team will support you with the application process and will be the point of contact from initial enquiry to making subject choices.
Careers GuidanceThe Sixth Form students also benefit from the advice and support of our Careers and University Adviser and the MPTU team
Life Beyond The ClassroomView our student leadership opportunities and extra-curricular activities