An enriched experience

One of our key aims is to provide a great education for all students…and a little bit more besides! Our Enrichment programme, on a Thursday afternoon, really does encapsulate our commitment to educating the whole child for the whole of their life. Described by Ofsted as ‘excellent’, this provision is at the heart of our determination to ensure that our students have an outstanding all round experience of education, which really does equip them to become the best they can be. Our school day is extended to 4.10pm on a Thursday and, each half term, students choose activities from three strands. These are: Culture and Recreation, Community and Curriculum Challenge. All courses are designed to offer new experiences, forge links with our local community and extend and support students’ engagement with the curriculum.

Some notable features of our enrichment programme to date have included:

  • Working closely in conjunction with partner Siemens to promote Design and Technology, Engineering and STEM. Activities throughout the year include the ‘Rollercoaster Challenge’ and mentorship projects on small engineering design tasks.
  • Our ‘Young Writers’ being published in a number of different publications on a regular basis – resulting in them being featured in Cheshire Life and the school being described as ‘a go-ahead school’ by the prestigious magazine.
  • Our talented artists attending a Gifted and Talented Art Retreat for the weekend, giving them a unique opportunity to work with a range of artists and develop existing skills.
  • Developing our partnership with the local Rotary Club so that a number of our students undertake The Rotary Youth Leadership Award each year, where they learn leadership skills while undertaking a wide variety of outdoor activities. Rotary Club members also run a programme of mock job interviews for all of our Year 11 students in order to prepare them for life after school.
  • Our partnership with ‘Cheshire Peaks and Plains’ ensuring that a number of different community projects can be offered to students. All of these are focused on inter-generational work in order to break down barriers between younger and older generations and challenging traditional stereotypes.
  • Our partner primary schools offering half termly placements to KS4 students, giving them the opportunity to help with reading and generally assist the classroom teacher on a Thursday afternoon.
  • The Enrichment Programme has resulted in our annual school production becoming a truly whole school affair. As well as members of the student body playing key roles on stage, there are also opportunities for our students to: choreograph the dancing; play in the orchestra; design and create scenery and costumes; organise props and help to prepare Year 5, from our partner primary schools, for their time in the limelight.
  • Students from all years engaging in a wide range of cultural and recreational activities, including: knitting, hockey, tag rugby, swimming, horse riding, samba, chess, card making, animation, classical musical appreciation and a whole lot more.
  • Our extensive work in the local community has been recognised by a local Parish Council, and Academy students now help to conserve an area of woodland, situated near to the school. There are opportunities for students to undertake art, sculpture and conservation based projects in a bid to make the space a place that the whole community can enjoy and where wildlife can thrive.
  • Giving students opportunities to learn something new, which would not be part of a normal curriculum, such as Mandarin, Astronomy and Photography. As a result of these short programmes and their popularity among students, Astronomy and Photography are now offered as GCSE options for students to take.

We are proud of our enrichment programme and believe that it offers something distinctive to every student. We were especially pleased when our OFSTED inspectors recognised how it enhanced the rest of our provision: The Academy’s good quality curriculum is enhanced by an excellent programme of enrichment activities. These engage and enthuse students in valuable experiences within and beyond the ‘typical’ curriculum.