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After leaving Hampton Sixth Form many boys take the opportunity to take a Gap Year before continuing their studies at university.

There are many options open to students on what to do with their ‘year out’ and Hampton School’s Careers Department offers a wealth of general and practical help and advice.

Many school leavers choose to use their Gap Year to do voluntary or charity work abroad. At Hampton School we encourage boys to consider this route because the experience of working and living alongside people of another culture is a hugely enriching and broadening experience which may be very difficult to get later in life. It also instills a sense of confidence which is of enormous benefit to boys entering university and goes a long way to help candidates ‘stand out’ from a sea of similar applicants.

Hampton School has links with an African Project which, we feel, offers excellent life experience for GAP year students. These include teaching at Bishop Mackenzie International School, working at The Lilongwe Wildlife Trust, both in Lilongwe (the capital); working in the Hampton Safe Haven and School in Senga Bay (this could include football training, teaching, building projects); working on behalf of MEL (Malawi Education Link) either teaching or working in Ngala; or volunteering at Butterfly Lodge in Nkata Bay (again, usually teaching or building projects). Previous Gap Year students have often chosen two or three different locations and have spent several weeks or months at each of them, leaving themselves plenty of time at their end of their Malawian stay for independent travel and holiday time.

DSC_1919 copyThe School offers a number of annual travel awards from a fund set up in memory of Mr E.R. Badman, a former Deputy Headmaster of the School and a legacy from Mr A.T. Shepherd, an old boy and former Chairman of Governors. The awards are intended to enable boys to travel, in this country or abroad, for educational purposes, in pursuit of some interest, or for adventure.

Awards in the recent past have ranged from £20 to £300 per individual and decisions regarding awards are made based upon the quality of a pupil’s application and following an interview.

Those who receive awards must submit a full report of the activity, to be retained by the School Library. Although preference will normally be given to enterprises conceived and planned by the individual(s) concerned, consideration may also be given to applications for financial help towards the cost of those organised by other bodies.