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Academic Enrichment

An academic enrichment talk
A speaker at a public KAAEP event in the Sixth Form Auditorium.


We are committed to offering a wide range of opportunities for our students to extend their academic learning beyond their work in the classroom. In addition to the faculty-led academic enrichment opportunities listed below, the King Alfred’s Academic Enrichment Programme (KAAEP) seeks to further broaden our student’s learning, giving them opportunities that go above and beyond the curriculum and so broaden their horizons.

We have a dedicated member of staff whose role it is to research and liaise with universities, research organisations and industry in order to:

  • Notify students and their families of academic enrichment and learning opportunities within our community and its surroundings.
  • Arrange educational visits and workshops for groups of students.
  • Organise evening talks (for students and families) from world-class speakers on a range of subject areas.
  • Advise students in terms of independent learning and research.
  • Provide added support with university applications, including applications to Oxford and Cambridge.

The Academic Enrichment Programme in Years 7-10: These opportunities are aimed at widening students’ horizons and encouraging them to make connections between subjects and their learning. Most of the opportunities are cross-curricular.

The Academic Enrichment Programme in the Sixth Form: KAAEP is much more targeted and often works in collaboration with Faculty Heads to bring further opportunities to whole subject groups. KAAEP also provides support for students seeking to apply to the top universities.

Sixth Form students on an academic enrichment hospital trip.


The Academic Enrichment Newsletter: This document is published towards the end of every school term and is crammed full of academic enrichment opportunities for students to follow up, either in person or online. This is emailed to parents with the Parents’ Update, and sent to all our students via ePraise.

An academic enrichment trip to an art galleryThe Academic Enrichment Programme of Talks

Every year the Academic Enrichment Programme seeks to organise half a dozen Academic Talks. These are FREE to our students and open to all.

KAAEP Recommended Reading Lists

In addition, the Academic Enrichment Programme provides recommended reading lists drawn from all faculties. These are intended to encourage our students to explore reading further in all their subjects, and to support our sixth form students with their broader learning as they prepare for university and apprenticeship applications.

Links to the reading lists will be posted here shortly.