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Challenges for All

Central+ Passport Year 7

Becoming an active learner through Central+ is essential for all students at Central Foundation Girls School. Since 2009 we have been working with students, staff and parents on the types of skills and experiences that students at Central Foundation should receive through Central+. The Central+ Passport is a learning log for all students in starting in Year 7 that demands that they complete a set of personal leaning challenges. The Passport also gives them a handy pocket sized document to record all of the learning they do in their own time. All students in Year 7 receive their Passports at a special assembly in September.   It is expected that all students should complete all of the challenges contained in the Passport. For example:

  • Becoming an Independent Learner – We expect all Year 7 students to visit our library after school at least once over the year
  • Learning in your own time – We expect all students to actively attend an after school club and an activity over a school holiday at least once a year
  • Making a Difference – We expect all Year 7 students to raise money for the Year group's chosen charity
  • Being of Service through Volunteering – We demand that all Year 9 students volunteer in school or their community for a minimum of 10 hours over the year.         
  • The first passport challenge that  is offered to all Year 7 students in September is our Science Camp.  This is a set of four 1-night residential journeys run by the Community Manager and the Science Department giving students the chance to spend a night away from home, bond with students in their form and take part in a number of Science-based practical challenges.
  • For more information on the Year 7 Science Camp, please contact


  • 21st Century Learners have ‘The Edge’

    Throughout 2015-2016 students in Years 8 and 9 will take part in a new system which both acknowledges and accredits the mastery of ‘soft’ skills acquired through in class and extracurricular learning.  They will have access to a number of learning experiences both inside and outside the classroom, that will tackle the following:

    Problem Solving    Team Work     Communication      Self-Management     Creativity    Technology

    These challenges will:

    • Develop a common language of learning across the school
    • Combine all of the different activities students participate in under one umbrella
    • Avoid duplication
    • Link in to school based reward systems and any available accreditation programmes
    Students will gain badges to wear on their blazers that will correspond with Pixl’s “The Edge”, which is a national framework that has been developed to reward students that succeed in class and extra-curricular learning.
    More information can be found at

Early GCSE Courses

Want to gain extra qualifications? Then Central+ has the course for you:

  • We offer early entry GCSE courses in a range of subjects out of school hours
  • For more information please e-mail

Central+ and Volunteering YearS 9-13

Volunteering gives our students skills that make them stand out. Volunteering gets them active, boosts their confidence and self-esteem and improves their social skills. We expect all students in Years 9-13 to be actively involved in learning and volunteering in their own time. We offer the following programmes to support our students:


We offer students the opportunity to volunteer in and out of school as part of the National v.inspired programme. Students complete volunteering hours in and outside of school and gain extra accreditation from v.inspired depending on how many hours they complete For more information on the v.inspired programme please click on the link below

v.inspired | External Website

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a programme of study, volunteering and activities that employers recently voted as the award they look for most in a CV when recruiting.

  • We offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels.
  • For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh Award please click on the link below.
DoE | External Website

Arts Award

The Arts Award is an accredited award at the same level as GCSE that offers students the opportunity to explore, experience and share their love of the arts.

  • We offer the Arts Award after school and in the holidays.
  • For more information on the Arts Award please click on the link below.
Arts Award | External Website

The Challenge

The Challenge is a three week volunteering programme offered to Year 11 students.

  • We work with local and national providers to place our students with providers that will offer them the opportunity to help them gain skills and experience that will help them with applications to college university and for work.
  • For more information on The Challenge please click on the link below.
The Challenge | External Website

Services for Parents and the Community

The welcome offered by the school isn’t just open to students but also to parents and other family members.  The school has a number of community services that parents can join.  For example, we have a Community Sports Centre that has a women-only gym.  We have parenting classes and other activities including family residentials and trips to the theatre and cinema.  We also have a successful Parents’ Forum that runs once every half term.  This gives parents an opportunity to bring forward ideas to support the running of the school.

For more information on making the transition from Primary to CFGS, please contact Community Manager, Mr. Walsh on