We invite ..

All students entering Year 12 to our Induction Programme at the YMCA National Centre, Lakeside (the largest outdoor centre in Europe, ideally situated on the south west shores of Windermere in a stunning 400 acre private estate).

"These outdoor education programmes have helped Year 12 students to gain confidence and develop skills in the transition to Higher Education or work"

Lakeside is one of the largest residential providers of outdoor education with staff who are experienced and highly qualified. The centre has all the relevant qualifications and safety certificates.

Activity groups are small and the benefits to the students immense. Taking part in the residential really helps our existing students, and those coming to us from other schools, to form friendships and establish good relations with Sixth Form tutors.

Lakeside Activities include....

  • Abseiling
  • Aerial runway
  • Archery
  • Climbing wall
  • Canoeing
  • Low Ropes course
  • Obstacle course
  • Orienteering
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing

We think that this experience is so valuable to our Year 12 students that we subsidise the trip extensively and thank the following who subsidise this residential:

  • Friends of Archbishop Blanch School
  • Enterprise and Business Education
  • Gifted & Talented

A French Experience

Five Year 12 students, doing AS French, availed of Gifted and Talented help undertook a week's work experience in Lille, Northern France.  The students worked in Mango, in a fancy dress shop called Mega Fetes,in a specialist newspaper shop and in pre-school nurseries.

Lille, having been a former Capitale de la Culture, provided much to interest, enlighten and entertain. Ancient buildings, cobbled streets, a massive street market, an incredibly decorated train station, (complete with T.G.V.s) and one of France's most famous patisseries all contributed to this unforgettable experience.

The knowledge that they had gone to work, using public transport when required, and mixed with colleagues from a different culture in a different language, ensured that the girls felt a great and well deserved sense of achievement. All five received glowing reports from their work placements and were a credit to our school and their families. Thanks go to Mrs Brooks (MFL department) and her husband who accompanied the students.



Paris In The Autumn

Forty students from Years 9 and 10 enjoyed a six day visit to Paris, organised by the languages department. We were gifted with glorious weather and managed to fit in most of the well known sites. The Eiffel Tower by night was a very popular attraction, as was the Palais de Versailles and its grounds. They saw Paris from the Seine as they cruised along in a Bateau Mouche, used the metro and had a tour of the Palais Garnier.

While breakfast and evening meals were provided at the FIAP Jean Monnet, the girls appreciated the opportunity to practise their French and buy their lunches during their site-seeing visits. Other attractions visited included the Louvre, the Musee d'Orsay, Sacre Coeur, Notre Dame, the Sainte Chapelle and the Tour Montparnasse. The excellent behaviour of the girls ensured that everyone had a most enjoyable trip.