All our pupils participate in an enrichment session each Friday; when we were designing the options from which each child can choose, pupils were polled to determine what they would be interested in. The activities include a range of constructive sessions, aiming at developing skill which enrich the lives of our pupils, including: debating, newspaper, team games, football, dance, sewing, crochet and board games.
After school clubs
Everyday we host a variety of after school clubs for the children, hosted by our own staff or external providers. The offer can change each term but includes activites as diverse as yogo, sewing, a range of sports, drama and STEM.
We hold four themed weeks per year, one during each term. In Autumn we hold an Art Week, in Spring a STEM week and in Summer we hold a mental health and PE week. These weeks enable pupils to immerse themselves in the subject areas and develop a great sense of community. During these weeks, pupils are involved in class and whole school projects; they go on trips and meet visitors to the school; we discuss potential career paths within the field and celebrate our successes in assemblies.
Ark Academy’s 50 Things- a list loosely based on the National Trust Campaign 50 things to do before you are 11 ¾ - provides experiences beyond the classroom, not by adopting a tokenistic forest school label, but by creating a sustainable approach to outdoor learning embedded through whole-school involvement and enthusiastic staff and pupils.
We provide a pathways programme which gives the pupils opportunities to consider their school path as well as paths into future education and a career of their choice. This includes university visits, guest speakers and careers days.