In the secondary school, our day ends with a wide range of extra sessions that run from 3.40-4.40pm Monday to Thursday and 3.10-4.00pm on Friday. Every day we host a variety of after school clubs for the children, hosted by our own staff or external providers.
While some pupils will be chosen specifically by their teacher to have extended support, this may take the form of study support or intervention lessons, those not targeted have the chance to choose an enrichment of their liking.
Enrichment sessions run for a term at a time. A new range of activities is offered each term [some activities will continue beyond one term].
The offer ranges from homework club and interest clubs, including coding, robotics, art, drama and science experiment club through to a host of sporting and physical activities beyond the obvious team sports, such as football fun and cheerleading. These sporting enrichments take place in addition to the double PE lesson every student has during the normal school day once a week.
It is through enrichment the school has become heavily involved in the North London Citizens group which has seen our pupils take part in a host of social action activities and campaigns from the London Living Wage to the Passports not Profits campaign for young people.
In the primary school, the offer can change each term but includes activities as diverse as sewing, a range of sports and STEM. These sessions run from 3:45-4:45pm Monday-Thursday and 3:00 – 4:00pm on Friday.
When we were designing the options from which each child can choose, pupils are polled to determine what they would be interested in. It is important to us that children can engage in activities – of their own choosing and direction, as far as possible – that offered them chances to try out experiences that are fun, enriching and useful.
Primary School: Themed weeks
We hold four themed weeks per year, one during each term. Themes like Art Week, STEM week, 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.