The school day includes a compulsory extra-curricular hour at the end of the day – the aim of this is to support our pupils by widening their skills, and raising their aspirations. This also allows all pupils to participate, especially those who rely on school transport. All staff will take part, both as teachers and learners, alongside coaches from clubs in our local community. We also encourage parents to participate in the extra- curricular programme both as coaches and as learners.
The extra-curricular programme is broken into three distinct areas.
Sports – we have strong links with a variety of local organisations. In Key Stage 4, all pupils are directed to participate in at least one sporting activity as part of their extra-curricular programme, to ensure that they adopt a healthy lifestyle.
Music lessons – all pupils are expected to play at least one instrument. As they grow in proficiency, they are actively encouraged to support younger and less able musicians in a coaching role.
Drama – pupils can become involved in school productions from acting and singing to directing and staging.
Dance – pupils are offered the opportunity to study ballet and contemporary dance and we intend to compete in the Global Rock competition.
Homework club – this supports pupils who struggle to complete homework and may be compulsory once a week for some of them. Whenever possible, parents are invited in to support their children’s studies.
Core curriculum support – this provides a catch-up opportunity for pupils whose attainment is below national expected levels. Parent/pupil reading programmes are being developed based on those used in local primary schools.
Revision and coursework classes – these run throughout Key Stage 4 to support pupils in achieving their potential in all core and option subjects.
Pupil newspaper / radio – news and current affairs are covered by our young journalists who promote the school in our community via these media outlets.
Duke of Edinburgh Award – KS4 pupils will have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh programme.