At AGFS we are proud to provide our pupils with much more than just brilliant teaching. 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. The co-curricular program provides a range of opportunities beyond the classroom including, but not exclusive to, timetabled weekly enrichment sessions, 12 full drop down days per year, sporting activities, elite dance workshops, music concerts, school shows, excursions to undertake outdoor and adventurous activities, university trips and careers events. Our extensive student leadership and community volunteering projects in local primary schools and care homes form an important aspect of this program.
The enrichment programme provides scholars with the opportunity to develop skills, experiences and memories outside of our academic curriculum. In some cases such as STEAM and cross country, scholars are presented with an opportunity to represent AGFS at an elite level in regional and national events.
The programme is offered to all Y7-9 scholars and takes place on Wednesday afternoons between 12.50-2.50pm. Scholars participate and complete one enrichment club between September – February under one theme and another between February – July under a different theme. This gives scholars an opportunity to develop different skills in a range of areas.
Scholars and staff set a bronze, silver and gold target to achieve during their enrichment club. If scholars achieve their gold target they are awarded with the corresponding coloured stripe to sew onto their school bag strap.
At the end of the enrichment term, parents will receive an update on the standard their child is achieving in enrichment through reports. Each student will also receive a certificate detailing the standard and/or enrichment stripe they have achieved for each enrichment club.
Drop Down Days
A drop down day is a day where scholars come off their academic timetable and participate in workshops or trips. The aim is to provide scholars with experiences outside of the classroom. They also provide scholars opportunities to address SMSC (social, moral, spiritual cultural), PSHE (personal, social and health education), British Values and career topics (STEAM – science, technology, engineers, art and mathematics). There are 12 drop down days interspersed throughout the academic year. Year groups will participate in the following:
Y7 will complete drop down days that require all scholars to participate in a whole school cross country day, team building activity day, careers day, visit the science museum, maths/STEAM day, house competition day, history trip, RS day and activities week.
Y8 will complete drop down days that require all scholars to participate in a whole school cross country day, a maths/STEAM day, RS/Growing Against Violence/Natwest Dream Bigger workshop, history day, space/Walton on Naze trip, house competition, careers day and activities week.
Y9 will complete drop down days that require all scholars to participate in a whole school cross country day, forensics day, V&A museum, maths/STEAM day, house competition day, careers day, RS day, natural history museum trip and activities week.
Y10 will complete drop down days that require all scholars to participate in a whole school cross country day, careers day, house competition day, Jack Petchey day, Paris trip, study skills, Cambridge University trip, PE//science day and activities week.
Y11 will complete drop down days that will be tailored to prepare your scholars for their exams. There are 8 drop down days interspersed throughout the academic year for Y11. The first two drop down days will consist of mocks. The remainder of the days will have multiple subjects that run on the same day. Scholars will be allocated to the subject they need to be in. Activities completed during these days include walking talking mocks, coursework completion, mastering revision techniques.
Activities week in the last 4 days of term includes the two days of team building and problem solving/practical events to consolidate to consolidate the school values of ambition, growth, fellowship and scholarship. It also includes the Thorpe park reward trip for scholars that attain the highest achievement points and lie in the top 10% of the year and annual general meeting day for those remaining to reflect on the year. This week then ends with sports day.
At AGFS, we are proud to announce that we are moving certain areas in the co-curricular towards regional and national performance. There areas include cross country running, STEAM and dance.
Cross Country – Cross country has a rigorous training regime in place which includes enrichment club on Wednesdays, Thursday lunch time training and scholars training in their own time. We are seeing strong performances in Y7-10.
Dance – The newest addition to our elite area includes street dance which is coached by an external company. Scholars will rehearse after school and again we look forward to seeing our AGFS dance group enter and succeed in competitions.
STEAM – This area has Y9 scholars participating in the school challenge programme offered by JP Morgan. Scholars create projects which can go on to win competitions.
This programme aims to develop leadership skills right from the start of a Year 7’s career with AGFS. Scholars will have the opportunities to volunteer and help at school events, participate in student meetings and receive leadership training.
The student leadership team at AGFS is comprised of the senior team made up of Y10-11 scholars. This team includes head and deputy student leaders and prefects The remainder of the team is made up of two form/house reps from all year groups.
The senior team go through a rigorous election process which includes completing an application form and providing two references (one personal and one professional). Shortlisted candidates attend an interview and those successful move through to the next stage and participate in a debate that takes place during assembly. Fellow scholars and staff cast their votes to elect the senior team.
Year 7’s will have a similar opportunity at the beginning of the year to put themselves forward as a form/house rep. Y7-9 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/
Young student leaders and senior student leaders lead their own student voice meetings. Senior student leaders complete lunch duties, contribute and lead school events and receive leadership training.
Our student leader team are proud to bridge the gap between teachers and scholars, have a say to improve the school whilst developing leadership qualities that prepare them for the real world.
There are five exciting international/residential trips that are planned outside of our normal drop down day programme. These include:
Duke of Edinburgh – To complete silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh Award involves scholars carrying out 6 months of volunteering and 6 months of physical or skill activities along with the assessed expeditions
Y11 Geography Trip - As part of their GSCE Geography specification, scholars are required to take an exam on geographical applications. It is therefore crucial that they are able to attend fieldwork experiences to understand how to conduct research enquiries and accurately interpret results
KS4 MFL Paris Trip - To develop and practice their language skills in French as well as experiencing and immersing themselves in some typical French culture
KS4 MFL Barcelona Trip - This is a fantastic opportunity for scholars to develop and practice their language skills as well as experiencing and immersing themselves in some typical Spanish culture and cuisine.
At AGFS we are extremely proud and excited to celebrate cocurricular school events. These include:
Black History Month Concert: Scholars lead in performing a concert comprised of performances, speeches and monologues to celebrate black history.
Prize Evening: As a community AGFS scholars, parents and staff celebrate the achievement and successes of scholars.
Christmas Concert: Student and staff performances to celebrate the Christmas season
School Musical Production: Each year the school runs a production. Productions such as Matilda and Hairspray are our big show stoppers. This year we will be running High School Musical
International Woman’s Week: We celebrate this week by running workshops at lunch times and having key note speakers to speak to scholars to promote woman in careers.
Aspirations Evening: An evening will provides scholars and their parents to speed date different professionals and find out how they got into that industry and what they need to get there. An experience that will inspire scholars and spark their ambitions.
Summer Concert: Another student led production showcasing performances and speeches.
Lunch time and After School Clubs
At AGFS we a proud to offer lunch time and after school clubs. The following clubs will run this year and your scholar needs to see the lead teacher to secure a place (scholars will need to get a lunch pass from the lead teacher to attend lunch time clubs).