Intent

Our extensive co-curricular program ensures that pupils receive a well-rounded education where life enriching opportunities are experienced and important personal skills are nurtured through character development, enrichment, drop down days and student leadership.

Implementation

  1. Character development – Line up, family dining, tutor time: readings and reflection. Student leaders and senior staff lead an act of collective reflection each morning during line up. Students are told about the week’s value and disposition focus; they hear the prepared reading and then have a moment to reflect on the week’s guided reflection questions. At Y7 family dining, students are reminded of the reading and the week’s guided reflection questions and have an opportunity to discuss these questions in groups. 
  2. School assembly programme - Each assembly is linked to the week’s value and disposition. Assemblies draw on and elaborate the readings students have heard during line up. 
  3. The enrichment programme is offered to all Year 7 -9 scholars and takes place on Wednesday afternoons. Enrichment clubs fall under a school value and scholars will complete two enrichment clubs in an academic year. For example, the school musical production falls under creativity and performing arts. Under growth, scholars can complete a young student leadership qualification and cross country. Fellowship includes debating and team sports such as football. Under scholarship and ambition, scholars can complete a STEAM club and visit Russell Group Universities. We also have community links where scholars volunteer at local primary schools and care homes. An array of lunch time and afterschool clubs are also on offer and examples include card, languages, basketball, football, netball and chess club.       
  4. Throughout the academic year we also have twelve drop down days. During a drop down day, scholars come off their academic timetable and participate in workshops or trips. The aim is to provide scholars with experiences outside of the classroom. Year groups may participate in a whole school cross country day, trips, STEAM and house competition days. Activities week takes place in the last week of term. 
  5. The student leadership programme aims to develop leadership skills, soft skills and raise the profile of student voice. Scholars will have the opportunities to volunteer and help at school events, receive leadership training, complete duties and hold student voice meetings. The  student leadership team is composed of Y10-11 scholars. This team includes head and deputy student leaders and prefects. The remainder of the team is made up of one house reps from all year groups. Year 7-9 also have the chance to complete student leadership training through enrichment. The following link show cases Y7-9 student leadership work with our international link: Leaders of Evolution: https://leadersofevolution.com/international-student-leadership-takes-flight/

 

Impact

100% of our parents believe the school has high aspirations for their child and 94% of our parents agree that the school provides a good range of extracurricular activities. Ofsted, (2020) denotes ‘All pupils have access to plenty of enrichment opportunities. Pupils in Years 7 to 9 have these timetabled into their school day. This is so that everyone benefits from them. Pupils in all year groups enjoy regular ‘drop down days’ that allow them to participate in experiences outside of the regular curriculum’.