Bowland in the Community

Bowland High School is at the heart of the local community. A number of activities during the year are organised in order to maintain and strengthen links with local community groups and businesses.

Community challenge

In Year 10 all of our pupils spend a full day volunteering at local primary schools, charity shops and care homes.  This community challenge scheme is set up as part of the key stage 4 PSHCE programme.

Sporting links

Links with local schools and colleges are inevitably strong as Bowland pupils are encouraged to represent the school in a number of sports from football, rugby and netball to cross country, swimming and table tennis.

In addition to this Bowland hosts a key stage 1 and key stage 2 dance competition for all of the local primary schools. This event is largely run by year 10 and 11 pupils at Bowland in their roles as sports prefects.

International School Status

Bowland High has been awarded International School Status by the British Council. The international dimension is firmly embedded in the school’s curriculum and whole-school ethos, promoting citizenship and celebrating cultural diversity across the school and wider community.

Duke of Edinburgh scheme

Bowland offers pupils in Year 10 the opportunity to take part in the D of E scheme. In addition to learning about the local area through expeditions, pupils have to take part in a volunteering module which participants have to organise independently. This aspect of the course involves pupils contributing in a positive way to the local community across a number of weeks.

D of E Expedition Kit Guidelines

Futures Night

This event offers a great opportunity for Bowland pupils to meet with local businesses from across the Ribble Valley and explore the different career routes that are on offer.

Performing Arts

The performing arts offers excellent opportunities for Bowland pupils to get out and about in the local community.

An annual musical theatre production is performed for three nights at a Clitheroe theatre and members of the wider community attend in great numbers alongside pupils, parents and staff. In addition to this, two one-night shows are performed each year in Clitheroe and allow Bowland pupils to show off their talent within the local community.

Members of the local community are also invited to a number of events at Bowland, notably the Christmas Celebration which sees a full house every year.

Work Experience

All pupils in Year 10 take part in a one week work experience placement coordinated by the school. This takes place in July each year and utilises links with over 100 local businesses, schools and charities.

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