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Inspire Programme - Asking the big questions at King's High

Dr Seal, Director of Studies, writes: ‘The theme of inspiration seems particularly pertinent now we have moved into our incredible new school premises and start to make the most of all they have to offer. Everything about our new buildings is designed to encourage King’s students to be happy, confident learners, and to feel passionate about gaining knowledge and asking the big questions. As ever, our Inspire Programme of enrichment events and activities is open to all students, with the aim of fostering curiosity, creativity and independence. Do take a look at the full programme of events below.’

The Inspire Programme offers world-class speakers, trips, activities, clubs, research projects, and events. Forthcoming highlights include talks by the internationally acclaimed contemporary composer, Darren Bloom (‘Almost mystical’ – The Times), and Biologist, Dr Miriam Gifford;  girls competing in the prestigious ESU Mace debating competition; workshops with King’s High’s first Poet in Residence, Gregory Leadbetter (Director of the Institute of Creative and Critical Writing at Birmingham City University), and outings to the RSC, Symphony Hall, Art in Action, the Royal Geographical Society, and Oxford Botanical Gardens.  All interests are catered for, from journalism to genome sequencing, philosophy to Model United Nations.  A particular highlight for the autumn term is the week-long Festival of Ideas (November 11-15).  

Pictured above are our Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9) Inspire Essay winners. The annual competition inspired excellent entries, and fascinating topics. Our group winners were Polly on the History and Future of Brass Bands; Maddie on Churchill and Gallipoli, and Jessica on the Nature of Consciousness.