Currently not running due to Covid-19 restrictions but hopefully back soon
We run a number of extra curricular during and after school clubs that are free to attend for students, (these are subject to staff and premises availability and are not offered as wrap around care). Students can check the daily news for details of what is available through out each term. Some of the activities we run periodically across the year are:
- Creative writing
From October half term each academic year recruitment for the Bronze and Silver Duke of Edinburgh’s Award takes place.
The Award offers our year 9 and 10 students the opportunity to experience adventure and enjoyment whilst they take part in a range of activities. The Award is recognised by universities and employers alike whilst at the same time building confidence and resilience in the youngsters who take part.
If you wish to know more please follow this link: www.dofe.org On enrolment your child will be given a logon to their e-dofe account whereupon they can manage their own progress against the award criteria. This includes a successful expedition of two days and one night for the bronze award and three days and two nights for the silver. On both these expeditions the students are expected to carry all their equipment for survival including clothing, food and shelter. They need to plan a route and navigate as a team from start to finish.
In addition to the expedition they need to meet criteria in three “other” sections as follows: Volunteering, Physical and Skills. It is up to your children to organise their participation in these sections independently, but if they cannot make headway outside of school they can potentially become involved in relevant initiatives in school and extra-curricular clubs.
For the bronze award, students can spread their commitments by committing to two out of the three extra sections for three months and one for six months, whilst the silver recruits commit to two out of the three sections for six months and one for twelve months.
Much of the equipment required for the expedition can be borrowed from the school, but equipment lists are issued early in the year so that letters to Santa can be written in plenty of time for Christmas!
What do we ask?
Commitment from students. It is important that students do not enrol in the award merely to take part in the expeditions! Therefore, we insist that students must have completed at least one “other” section and have made significant progress towards a second “other” section before they are allowed to take part in the qualifying expedition of their award
An enrolment fee (non-refundable) and a small sum paid to cover the costs of transport and camp site fees for practice expeditions in the spring/summer and final qualifying expeditions in the summer/autumn. There is also a small fee for a one day navigation course locally usually in the early spring. The total cost will be in the region of £100 for each student.
We expect that the students who enrol will also commit to a weekly session after school where they undertake cooking, camp craft training and a first aid qualification throughout the academic year.
The sessions and expeditions are run by Mr Bovington and Mrs. Ressel. Numbers are limited due to pupil staff ratio and transport. It is therefore essential that students who apply recognise that if it comes to shortlisting, attendance and behaviour logs assist in the decision making.