Extra- curricular activities
We believe in educating the whole child, giving each of our young people an opportunity to have experiences and to build their skills outside of the classroom through a range of extra-curricular activities. These activities help our pupils to build in confidence, problem solve and interact with a wider range of people, including those from outside the school. A successful extra-curricular programme brings psychological, social, physical and educational benefits to all of those who take part.
We run our sports days in conjunction with the University of Lancashire to develop pupils teamwork and social skills. Fair play and respect, as part of their spiritual and moral development, is encouraged throughout the sports activities. These activities build self-esteem, confidence, resilience and co-operation. In addition there is a programme of enrichment days, residential visits and outdoor activity days which are very popular with all the pupils.
The enrichment days usually take place at the end of each term. They are a variety of topics / subjects covered in one day that focuses on practical creative activities. These enrichments can be: STEM, health and wellbeing, spirituality, literacy, numeracy and enterprise. Besides building new skills and interests it gives them an experience of developing real world learning opportunities that also support core subjects.
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award
The Duke of Edinburgh award develops key life skills. Pupils have to complete four sections to pass their award, these are: volunteering, physical (developing fitness or learning a new sport), skills (developing a new skill in their chosen field) and completing a walking one night, two-day expedition. The results from interviews and meetings with employers showed that the key attributes they looked for were leadership, teamwork, self-motivation, communication, confidence and the ability to learn – all of which you gain from doing the DofE expedition alone.
Our pupils get a chance to complete their bronze DofE award in Year 10. They will record their sections online using the DofE system. The pupils thoroughly enjoy completing this award and are amazed at the resilience and passion that they show on their expedition.