Enrichment is important and we recognize that student personal and social development through informal educational activities including sports and leisure, workshops, and a range of social projects is beneficial. This is to enable students to discover new experiences and develop new skills, and to allow the students the opportunity to practice their English skills by communicating with others outside the classroom.
These activities will also benefit the students by giving them the opportunity to be a part of the social and cultural structure that underpins successful integration and performance into UK society. Activities include visiting;
The castle was originally built in 1067 by William the Conqueror. Our students enjoy a tour of the grounds observing the scenery, the caves and the museum. It is located in a commanding position on a natural promontory known as “Castle Rock”, with cliffs 130 feet (40 m) high to the south and west. In the Middle Ages it was a major royal fortress and occasional royal residence. In decline by the 16th century, it was largely demolished in 1649. The Duke of Newcastle later built a mansion on the site, which was burnt down by rioters in 1831 and left as a ruin. It was later rebuilt to house an art gallery and museum, which remain in use. Little of the original castle survives, but sufficient portions remain to give an impression of the layout of the site.
The Council House
It takes a building of some distinction to stand out in a city as rich in beautiful and interesting architecture as Nottingham, and the Council House does not disappoint. Far from being a museum, The Council House is a vital, living part of the city and the centre of local politics as elected councillors who represent the people of the City of Nottingham conduct much of their business here. This magnificent neo-Baroque building, whose 200ft high dome dominates the city skyline, has been the heart of the city centre for 80 years and a source of pride for the people of Nottingham. On a still day, the chimes from the Council House clock, known as Little John, can be heard for miles around.
Wollaton Hall was built between 1580 and 1588 for Sir Francis Willoughby and is believed to be designed by the Elizabethan architect, Robert Smythson, who had by then completed Longleat, and was to go on to design Hardwick Hall. The general plan of Wollaton is comparable to these, and was widely adopted for other houses, but the exuberant decoration of Wollaton is distinctive, and it is possible that Willoughby played some part in creating it. The style is an advanced Elizabethan with early Jacobean elements.
The Abbey was founded as a monastic house in the late 12th century, and to this day the house retains much of its medieval character. The most famous survival is the iconic West Front of the church that dates from the late 13th century and is now a scheduled ancient monument. Inside the house the medieval cloisters, Chapter House (now the Chapel) and a collection of medieval stone carvings and manuscripts enable visitors to discover the Abbey’s early history. The house also features a collection of items that span the centuries, from when Newstead Abbey first became a private house, right up to the present day
Ye Old Salutation Inn
This is a public house dating from around 1240 that lays claim (along with Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem Inn and The Bell Inn) to being the oldest in Nottingham. Students enjoy the tunnels and caves build beneath the inn. Although this part of the building has seen some changes it still retains some of the character of bygone days, especially when there is a log fire in the grate. The smaller of the two downstairs rooms, that flank the entrance passageway, is said to have been used by Cromwell’s soldiers as a recruiting room in the 1640′s during the Civil War.