Enhancement Opportunities at QEHS

Community Education
Community education run short courses in a variety of interest areas from: herbal medicine, fitness, cookery, creative crafts, photography, urban wildlife, hill walking and IT.

Community Leadership Awards
This is a school led opportunity, which allows students to develop their leadership skills in the local community by getting involved in sporting events for younger pupils. Students first complete a Community Leadership Award and can progress to a Higher Leadership Award, which carries UCAS points.

QEHS has a very active Fairtrade group. The group works to promote an understanding and awareness of the importance of fair trade through curriculum activities, campaigns and arranging social events. They link with the town Fairtrade group and arrange for guest speakers to talk about topical issues.

Human Rights Group
QEHS has an active group which meets weekly and works in support of Amnesty International. They campaign on behalf of groups and individuals throughout the world who are subject to human rights abuse.

Learning Resource Centre
The LRC has volunteer opportunities for students to gain work experience in a library working during lunch times or after school. The LRC has a sub-committee of student voice which meets once a term to discuss issues relating to the LRC.

Music Lessons
We offer tuition in a wider range of musical instruments and singing lessons, for which there is a charge.

Outdoor activities (cycling)
Cycling has been one of the most popular outdoor activities at QEHS and the group meets regularly.

QEHS Orchestra & Choir
We have vibrant choirs and a fantastic orchestra who perform an eclectic mix of music.

QEHS Rowing Club
We have had a fantastically successful rowing club for many years and they always welcome new members.

QEHS Sports Clubs
We offer a wide range of ways to be play sport outside formal lessons.

QEHS Swing Band
If you have some musical ability and enjoy this style of music, we would love you to join this band.

Samba Drumming
This is a well established percussion project involving young people and Newcastle. No previous experience required, this is a fun project to get involved with.

Youth Dance Tynedale Dance Company
Open to all students in the Tyne Valley aged 14-19 years who are interested in contemporary dance. An audition is required to join.

Youth Theatre
Youth Theatre is for people aged 13-21. Everyone is welcome, no experience required. They would like you to be involved in any aspect of theatre production from performing, to back-stage lighting and sound, costumes, make-up, marketing and front of house to set design.

Enhancement Opportunities in the Local Community

BTCV is a conservation organisation, which works with volunteers to make a difference to their local community and environment. They also offer conservation training schemes, short courses and holidays in the UK and abroad.

Beck’s Training
Beck’s Training is an organisation which offers outdoor team building activities. It is based in Allendale and is promoting volunteering opportunities within the organisation and the wider village community.

Calvert Trust
Calvert Trust enables people with disabilities, together with their families and friends, to achieve their potential through outdoor adventure activities. It is based at Kielder Water and offers both ad hoc and regular volunteering work. It is possible to stay at Kielder if you volunteer for short periods of time. There are a wide range of roles for you to get involved with.

Core Music
coremusic.co.uk is a community based company where any profits made from delivering their services are reinvested in the community. They offer volunteering opportunities in their Hexham shop, which will draw on your strengths. They also offer courses, room hire and recording facilities.

Forum Cinema
The Forum cinema is owned by Hexham Community Partnership. There are a number of ways to be involved in this local project from working in the café or box office, to learning about film projection.

Hadrian’s Orators
This is a club which meets in Hexham once a month. Whatever your current level or reason for attending it aims to develop your confidence and skills when speaking publicly.

Hexham Youth Initiative
This community group organises a wide range of activities for young people, including Duke of Edinburgh awards. They would welcome volunteers and mentors to support their work.

Northumberland Sport
Northumberland Sport works in partnership with a range of organisations, to ensure the people of Northumberland can access and enjoy quality sporting and physical activity opportunities. They offer a volunteering scheme which enables you to become involved in a sports club, whilst accessing free training.

Enhancement Opportunities with National Organisations

Change Makers
An organisation which aims to promote a variety of local and national volunteering opportunities. These range from volunteering to help older people, gardening, journalism and supporting specialist events such as food festivals.

National Trust
The National Trust recruits volunteers to work in properties all over the region. They offer a wide range of roles, from conservation and educational guides to administration and events management.

Oxfam wish to recruit volunteers to work in their retail outlets in Hexham. Being involved with Oxfam will enable you to develop your customer service skills, pricing and cash handling, as well as merchandising products.

World Wide Volunteering
A volunteering organisation which promotes opportunities for students in the UK and abroad, ranging from a few hours a month to full gap years.