Extra Curriculum Activities
Due to new and exciting ideas constantly emerging from our fantastic staff team and our students, Please be aware that this timetable can change from time to time. We will always try our very best to keep it as up to date as possible.
We believe that all students have an entitlement for a Curriculum for Life that prepares young people for the world in which we live today; providing opportunities which contribute towards developing strength of mind and strength of character. The activities they can experience will contribute to our curriculum aims to “equip every child with the knowledge, skills and personal qualities in order to reach the limits of their capability, regardless of their background, additional needs, experience or social privilege” so students “achieve success now and in the next phase of their education and life; making a positive contribution to their community and to society.”
The wider curricular offer gives students opportunities to develop their interests and skills and to spend time with their peers outside of the classroom in structured activities that build character and cultural capital. The wider curriculum includes enrichment opportunities, trips and visits, sporting activities, after school clubs and leadership opportunities.
There are a wide range of lunchtime and afterschool activities for pupils to participate in, from sport, music and drama to cooking and personal fitness. There are many benefits that come from involvement in wider-curricular activities and we would encourage all students to attend as many enrichment opportunities as they can and to use their Inspire booklets to record this.
They provide a productive break from study
- Weekly activities can offer a welcome break from studies and homework. Depending on your child’s interests, they may provide the chance to get outside and exercise, see friends, pursue a hobby or simply de-stress and refresh their mind. They also help limit the time your child is spending in front of a TV or computer screen.
They can help your child build their skills outside the classroom
- In addition to building skills within a specific discipline, wider curricular activities are great for developing general academic as well as soft skills. Think debating for public speaking; academic competitions for exam strategies and sport for teamwork. Balancing a number of commitments can help to improve your child’s time management skills, while finding an area they enjoy or excel at, can boost self-confidence.
They can open your child’s mind to new interests (and views)
- While students usually have the opportunity to pursue a wide range of study areas through their curriculum choices, wider curricular activities allow students to explore an interest in more depth than what is covered in class, or maybe even find a completely new interest that they wouldn’t have been exposed to otherwise. They can also provide a great chance for students to broaden their perspective of the world.
They provide social opportunities
- Being part of a group or team provides a sense of belonging, with wider curricular activities offering an opportunity for your child to interact with others with similar interests, building confidence and potentially forging friendships outside of their usual circle