We encourage our students to be busy and make the most of all the activities we have on offer of which there are many.
In addition to the creative arts and sports activities we have timetabled, we provide a Sixth-Form specific extra-curricular programme for our students to become involved in.
Our students in Years 12 & 13 have enjoyed recent national recognition in a number of areas including Nationals Schools Badminton Championships, ISGA Finalists, National Squash Trophy Finalists, National Representation for Science Olympiads, National Engineering Finalists, Cambridge Schools Debating Competition Finalists and Winners of the Arkwright Engineering Scholarship to name but a few.
Community & Charity Activities
The school places great value on its links with the local community which allows students to undertake activities ranging from helping in local primary schools to compiling Christmas parcels for the elderly and those in need. The school encourages involvement in charity fundraising and pupils get involved with enthusiasm. Activities range from non-uniform days, attendance at local events such as the Humber Bridge Fun Run, and the organisation of charity concerts. Every Christmas, each tutor group in the school provides food items for over 100 hampers which are then delivered by our Sixth Form students to pensioners throughout the City of Hull and for over 20 years, the school has provided lunch for a small group of pensioners once a week, and more importantly, the opportunity for them to chat to members of the Sixth Form.
Primary School Mentoring
The school enjoys excellent relationships with a number of local Primary Schools and each year around 60 Year 12 students volunteer to assist as teaching assistants. Every lunchtime a number of students travel to their allocated Primary School and help their young charges with their English and Mathematics. We are grateful to our colleagues at Thoresby, Rokeby Park, Collingwood, Pearson and Priory primary schools who work with us in providing the students with a wonderful opportunity throughout the academic year. In addition we usually have around 20 Year 13 students volunteering to assist with the teaching of PE and games in local primary schools as part of the King’s Mentoring Scheme throughout the year.
Running throughout the academic year, Year 12 students will have the opportunity to experience what it is like to set up and run their own company making all the decisions along the way, from the name of the product, to creating a business plan and managing the finances.
All this takes place with the support of a volunteer Business Adviser who brings a wealth of business knowledge and expertise. A range of resources are available and successful teams have the opportunity of competing against other schools in local, regional and national competitions.
Students in the Sixth Form are given the opportunity to train for a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ) which is an internationally recognised qualification offered by the Royal Life Saving Society UK. Training usually takes place after school and includes learning essential life skills such as First Aid and CPR.
Debating is an excellent way of improving speaking skills and is particularly helpful in providing experience in developing a convincing argument. Sixth formers wishing to join this after school club will learn the principles of successful debating and will have the opportunity to put their acquired skills to the test debating on contentious issues with their peer group.
We have enjoyed success in various national debating competitions including being finalists in Cambridge Schools Debating Competition.
Duke of Edinburgh
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is very popular at the school. Approximately half of Year 10 start the scheme at Bronze level, and numbers moving into Silver and Gold levels have increased steadily.
As part of the Service Section, approximately 30 students obtain the Young Lifesavers Certificate. Other participants can be found helping in old people’s homes, in charity shops, at the Children’s University and in many other activities. The Expedition Section is enjoyed by all participants. Expeditions at Bronze and Silver levels are carried out in the Yorkshire Wolds and at Gold level on the North Yorkshire Moors.
Army Cadet Force
Hymers College Army Cadet Force Detachment first paraded in its current form in 1992. It can trace its roots back to 1894 through a series of guises from Combined Cadet Force (CCF) to Officer Training Corps (OTC). Originally the Corps was affiliated to the East Yorkshire Regiment, but is now proud to wear the badge of the Royal Logistics Corps with whom it has close links.
The Detachment parades on Thursday evenings from 17:30 to 19:30, with regular weekends and annual camp. The Cadets undertake a full range of military training from skill at arms to first aid and from field craft to community service.