There is a wide enrichment programme at the school which covers all curriculum areas. Our popular Breakfast Club allows students to access the school from 8.00am. At the end of the day, a staffed Homework Club based in one of our ICT suites, enables set work to be completed in school with the use of our facilities.
Numerous clubs run throughout lunchtime, with the ever popular chess club pitting staff against students. Music, sport, mathematics, DT, ICT and art run well attended enrichment sessions at lunchtime, whilst our extended school provision for all year groups supports the development of knowledge and understanding and fosters enthusiasm and interest in subjects.
The school has a strong tradition of staging high quality performances, with recent productions such as I was a good girl ’til and Art in Motion gaining great feedback. These productions are admirably supported by the dance, drama, DT and music departments.
Many students work with our peripatetic staff for specific tuition or attend the choir and orchestra who practise regularly. Students have the opportunity to perform in school events and are often invited to contribute to local community events. Students regularly perform within Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent showcasing their talents.
The school has a thriving Health, Sport and Exercise Department with many teams gaining local and national success. The school also enters regional and national competitions, with a number of current students gaining city, county and national representation. A significant number of students take part in the Duke of Edinburgh award programme, working under the guidance of the school’s trained staff towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold awards. Year 9 to 13 students spend weekends completing navigation and camping exercises having previously planned these expeditions.
Students also have the opportunity to gain leadership experience in the subjects of dance, sport and literacy. Sixth Form students complete a range of community leadership activities as part of their enrichment programmes.
The school is proud of its international visits to Iceland (Geography), France (History & MFL), Holland (Health, Sport & Exercise), Spain (MFL & Health, Sport & Exercise) and USA (Sixth Form). Students also have the opportunity to attend theatre productions, universities, galleries and museums. Field work takes place around the local area, as well as in the Peak District and North Wales, as curricular enrichment activities and wider course requirements.