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KIP – Knowledge is Power

In 1597, the great British Philosopher Francis Bacon stated that ‘Knowledge is Power’. Just as it was true in his time, we at Buckswood believe that this philosophy is key to success in today’s world. There is more to education than just the mainstream curriculum subjects and, as part of our approach to creating well rounded individuals with a good knowledge of the world around them, we offer the opportunity to attend lectures and workshops as part of our own ‘Knowledge is Power’ programme (KiP).


KiP brings in experts from a range of different fields to engage our pupils in thinking more about the world in which we live and these weekly lectures are a great way of expanding our students minds beyond the curriculum.


Activities range from lectures about International banking; the work of Amnesty International; The Red Cross; talks from explorers and authors; an annual visit from a survivor of the Holocaust; various talks about art and art history, through to workshops on English garden design; a series of workshops on different aspects of Philosophy; hands-on conservation workshops and Basic First Aid training for all Lower 6th form pupils. We also work with students to improve their confidence and ability to present themselves positively when facing interview situations by bringing in experts from the Standing Tall programme to teach them these important skills.


This programme is mainly directed at 6th form students, but certain activities are also available to students in other year groups. At Buckswood, we recognise that this is an increasingly competitive world and that it is important for our students to be aware of global issues – both in the present and in the past. By exposing our students to real people who have experienced the different topics in the real world and who are experts in their field, our goal is to inspire as well as educate. At Buckswood, we believe that the more you know, the more you can succeed – that Knowledge truly is Power!