Social opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of social, sporting and creative activities.

Your learning programme will include a timeslot for leisure pursuits such as henna design, board games, fitness, art, singing and film. The activities will be inspired by your interests and your desire to try new things.

We look forward to socialising with you!

Health and wellbeing

You will be able to use a gym and to take part in sports including cycling, yoga and swimming – and you could even join the HBVC football team! Taking part in these activities will help you to keep fit.

Community engagement

The leisure part of your learning programme will give you the chance to have fun and interact with others. You will also have access to the Birmingham EcoPark, where you can take part in an environmental award scheme.

Trips

In addition to the timetabled activities, you can enjoy cinema, theatre, restaurant and residential trips, as well as award ceremonies, discos, religious events and a prom.

Friendship

Our communal area is the perfect place for you to relax with your friends at break times. There are also several clubs on offer, for example Lunchtime Club, if you prefer more focused activities.

Holiday club

Our Holiday Club offers you exciting days out featuring activities such as mini-golf, trampolining and bowling. The club takes place outside of term time and you can join in the fun for a small charge. 

Here at HBVC we run an enrichment program where every Friday students are given the opportunity to choose from an array of different activities. Here are a few examples of what we have done so far:

Charity Fundraising

Working with staff and your peers at HBVC you will be using all your creativity to think of exciting and inclusive ways to raise money for a range of good causes. You will be making things to sell, planning and running charity events, budgeting for different tasks as well as supporting members of our community. We will be using previous fundraising events as a point of inspiration such as the recent MacMillan coffee morning and the winter market we have run in previous years, but we will also need you to think of new ideas and develop them with your peers, so we can raise money for our chosen charities.

Donkey Sanctuary

Students have the opportunity to visit The Donkey Sanctuary in Sutton Park to undergo animal therapy sessions. You will care for the donkeys by feeding, grooming and cleaning their environments, all whilst developing bonds with the animals. You will be encouraged to learn more about individual donkey’s characters and personality traits in order to then reflect this back to your own behaviours. All this is carried out in a calm and relaxing environment so that you (and donkeys) can develop holistically throughout the sessions.

The Wildlife Trust: 

HBVC work in partnership with The Wildlife Trust to earn our John Muir Awards. This includes obtaining and meeting four challenges – discovering a wild place, exploring it, conserving it and sharing the experience. At the Eco-Park woodland area, we have learnt about all things wildlife! Pond-dipping, mini-beast hunting, creating bird feeders, raised beds, dead hedge, den building, bug hotels, preserving the orchard, setting up camera traps and many more! We have recently been awarded £9860 from The National Lottery Fund to create an eco-friendly wildlife haven at our new college site, The Bromford.

All about Cricket

The Cricket Enrichment Programme will offer you the opportunity to explore the principles and practice of the game of Cricket. Developing an understanding of the rules and equipment of the sport, as well as learning about the countries that take part and the healthy lifestyle of the athletes involved.

The Enrichment Programme aims to increase participation in sport from within the college and build a holistic understanding of the game, through both classroom learning and practical sessions. 

Oxford Residential

At the Heart of Birmingham Vocational College, our students visit Oxford to enjoy a 3 day overnight residential. So far, we have been lucky enough to experience a range of different exciting activities as a group. We visited Blenheim Palace, the Cotswold Wildlife Park, went on a punting tour on the River Cherwell, had a game of foot golf, a guided tour around Oxford town centre including the famous Harry Potter filming locations, learnt about all the historical artefacts at the Pitts Rivers Museum and many more! All activities are expertly led by GPS Oxford Residential.