“Many pupils spoke enthusiastically about the work they enjoy in local junior schools where they undertake a teaching task or run coaching sessions. They understand the value they give to the local community and to communities further afield.”
- ISI Inspection Report 2018
Opportunities in the Community
In addition to CCF on a Monday afternoon, there is a busy and active Community Service option. Pupils who apply for and are accepted into the Community Service programme are allocated to a one-year placement in the Taunton Community. Activities that pupils have taken part in have included:
- working in a charity shop
- helping in a class in a primary school or at Selworthy Special School
- helping an individual pupil learn to read as part of the 'Reading Buddies' scheme
- visiting a local residential home
- volunteering at the local 'Riding for the Disabled' centre
- volunteering at the local hospital
Primary School Athletics
For the more sports-minded pupil, there's the chance to coach athletics to primary school children, whilst gaining valuable certificates and awards. We concentrate on athletics skills and games, leading groups of primary school aged children through each weekly session, visiting each different school on a half-termly basis.
The pupil coaches develop skills of leadership, organisation and management, whilst qualifying for a variety of awards: Red Cross First Aid, National Governing Body Coaching Level 1, and Sports Leaders UK Levels 1, 2 or 3, depending on age, experience, ability and length of service. All awards are supervised by national bodies, with Level 3 equivalent to an AS Level for many university courses.
Primary School Football
King’s College has developed a strong link with local primary schools, delivering weekly football coaching sessions as part of Monday afternoon activities.
Working with Year 3 and 4 pupils from nearby Holy Trinity C of E VA Primary School, our football leaders have helped these younger children to gain confidence, new skills and an understanding of teamwork, which enhances their whole school experience. As a result of this, pupils are inspired to take part in other sporting activities outside of school.
Commenting on this initiative, Sarah Hughes, Leader of PE and Sport at Holy Trinity said: “Our strong working relationship with King’s College enables our children to take part in a variety of exciting sporting opportunities led by their skilled pupils, including football and sports hall athletics.”
Sarah added: “The chance to access high quality facilities enriches the children’s sport provision.”
King's College football leaders are able to put into practice the skills that they have developed to help benefit others in the local community.