Super-curriculum and academic enrichment

Super-curriculum and Meta-skills

Learning goes beyond memorising information for recall and involves understanding, creating links between ideas and joining prior and new knowledge while becoming an independent and critical thinker who transfers learning to new and different situations.

  • A vibrant range of activities offers challenges to students’ thinking and expands their view of the world around them.
  • Students gain a sense of accomplishment while developing research skills and the ability to debate, communicate confidently and effectively, solve problems and think critically, reflectively and creatively.
  • These are meta-skills that have inherent, lifelong value, with universities and employers seeking candidates who possess them.
“After taking Chinese as one of my Advanced Highers, it’s now my favourite subject so I’m pursuing this as my degree at Oxford University – and St George’s University Preparation Club was extremely helpful during the Oxford application process.”
Lauren, Class of 2023


  • Undertaking an individual Project Qualification (HPQ and EPQ) in U5 and Sixth Form, answering a Big Question with a year group or participating in outdoor education.
  • Masterclasses and outside speakers contribute to enrichment in learning, with societies such as Model United Nations offering awareness of real-world issues and personal skill development in debating and communicating effectively.
  • Team competitions require problem-solving, creative and critical thinking, and essay competitions offer individual immersion in an area of interest.
  • Students demonstrate their talents and precision of thought in subject challenges and Olympiads.
  • In Junior School, thinking skills workshops, using resources from the University of Edinburgh, enhance the development of critical thinking and European Day of Languages events celebrate diversity and uniqueness in our community.
  • Exposure to creativity and performance in music through listening to instrumental performances and visiting musicians’ workshops, where active engagement is encouraged, develop exploration of new areas.
  • On immersive history days, learning comes to life and a year group embraces the period they are studying.
  • A trip to a performance, lecture, debate or exhibition, or participation in the outdoor learning programme that runs from Primary 5 through to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, all offer rich opportunities to enhance the curriculum and provide new perspectives.

  • This takes students beyond their timetables, with opportunities to stretch, challenge and dig deeper, build enthusiasm and curiosity for a subject area or new topic and create capacity for independent study. It supports engagement with research and critical reflection and offers the opportunity to share with peers.
  • This is a springboard for students considering a competitive university application to study areas such as medical science or law, or who are preparing applications for the most competitive universities in the world.
  • This includes a university preparation programme open to all students from Upper 5 (Year 11) which encourages thinking, analysis and reflection about their academic enrichment and super-curriculum opportunities. A mentoring programme channels their efforts appropriately.
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