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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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/
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’.
Ark Greenwich Free School uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a guide to plan our Pathways and Enrichment programme. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.
Ark Greenwich Free School also proactively seek to build relationships with these partners as we plan our Pathways and Enrichment activity throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-13, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. Ark Greenwich Free School ensures that Academy staff involved in personal guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these post 16 and post 18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.
Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE, post 16 or post 18 option choices. Ark Greenwich Free School’s Pathways and Enrichment programme is monitored for quality and impact by the school’s Senior Leadership and Governance Teams.
In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment Lead, Ms Jackson at email@example.com, with a minimum of 6 weeks’ lead time. All requests will be considered on the basis of; staffing availability to support the activity, clashes with other planned activity, trips or visits to the Academy, interruption to preparation for examinations or rooming and space availability to host the activity.
For questions on this or Ark Greenwich Free School’s wider Pathways and Enrichment programme, please contact the Academy’s Pathways and Enrichment Lead, Ms Jackson.