ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

 

At St Alban’s High School we offer a wide range of enrichment opportunities.

Sporting Opportunities 

Every member of the school community has the opportunity to participate in sporting activities. There are a number of clubs available to pupils of all abilities both at lunch time and after school to include netball, football, rugby, crossfit and weightlifting, as well as rounders, cricket and athletics in the summer term. Our sporting teams regularly compete against other schools in a range of tournaments and sporting events.

Educational Visits and Trips

The school offers a variety of educational visits and trips, which range from local day trips to residential visits abroad. In offering such valuable opportunities, our main aim is to provide pupils with a range of learning experiences beyond the classroom, to develop their skills and broaden their knowledge.

Opportunities to be creative

There are plenty of opportunities for pupils to develop their skills and talents in creative and expressive arts. The music department at St Alban’s is one of the busiest in the school and plays a central role to its ethos and life. The school choirs are integral to the life of the school. We also stage two school productions every year, one being for Upper School pupils and the other for Lower School pupils. There are also numerous clubs and opportunities for pupils to practice their artistic skills in art clubs and to cook in baking club.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Pupils have the opportunity to achieve the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award at various levels and participate in a range of activities from volunteering to physical activities, life skills to expeditions. Achieving a DofE Award is a passport to a brighter future, valued by employers and universities.

Opportunities to discuss and debate

There are ample opportunities for pupils to discuss and debate at lunchtimes and after school. Some year 9 pupils choose to visit the local courts of justice every year in preparation for the Mock Trials. There are also opportunities for pupils to compete in competitions such as Youth Speaks.

RAG

Day / Time / Venue
Tuesday
3.15pm-4.15pm
D9 Art room

Year Group
Years 10 & 11

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
‘Raise A Grade’ session for GCSE art students to spend extra time on their coursework in an energetic and friendly working environment.

MAT Club

Day / Time / Venue
Monday (Wk A only)
Period 6
D9 Art room

Year Group
Year 9

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
‘More Able & Talented’ art pupils will be provided with additional tasks to stretch and challenge in preparation for KS4. Pupils will also be encouraged to par-take in art competitions to represent the school, developing independent learning skills.

Baking Club

Day / Time / Venue
Thursday
3.15pm-4.15pm

Year Group
KS3

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Pupils create products from raw ingredients. Develop cooking skill and washing up/hygiene.
KS4 are welcome to join as support/helpers for the younger pupils.

Health and Wellbeing Week

Day / Time / Venue
Last week of term in July

Year Group
KS3

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Pupils have the opportunity to attend a range of activities linked to health and wellbeing e.g. fitness classes, creative classes, outdoor learning. During the week, they will also attend their end of year reward trips and participate in the sponsored walk. In 2019, we are also introducing CPR training for all students during Health and Wellbeing Week.

After School Club

Day / Time / Venue
Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday
3.10 – 3.45
A26

Year Group
KS3 and KS4

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Pupils can finish work/homework or have some quiet time.

Mock Trial

Day / Time / Venue
Monday/Wednesdays
3:10pm
B13

Year Group
Y9/Y10+

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
MAT opportunity for those interested in a legal career or have a general interest in law. Young Citizens UK wide court room competition.

Language Ambassadors

Day / Time / Venue
Friday
Lunchtime
C6

Year Group
Y8/Y9

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Planning extra-curricular activities to raise the profile of MFL in school.

French Spelling Bee

Day / Time / Venue
Thursday
Lunchtime
C6
(from October)

Year Group
Y7

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Practice to take part in the spelling bee competition.

French RAG

Day / Time / Venue
Wednesday
3:10 pm
C6
(day to be confirmed in September)

Year Group
Y10

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Opportunity to get extra help and support or go over tricky grammar points in a smaller group.

German RAG

Day / Time / Venue
Tuesday
3.10pm
C5

Year Group
Y10

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Pupils can attend for extra support or extension activities, e.g. listening to songs, reading a literary text.

Public Speaking / Debate Group

Day / Time / Venue
Ad hoc, depending on requirements

Year Group
Any years but historically 6th form

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Mrs Read in B1 enters pupils and rehearses with them for competitions like Youth Speaks.

Learning Champions Research Group

Day / Time / Venue
Wednesday
Break time
B14

Year Group
Currently Y8 and 9

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Pupils meet with Mrs Read to research and present findings designed to improve Teaching and Learning in school. Pupils can also be involved in interviewing members of staff.

Jam Group - Years 7 & 8

Day / Time / Venue
Friday Week A
12:40-13:30 (first lunch)
Music Department

Year Group
Years 7 & 8

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Pupils can come and learn to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards or any other instrument they like, in an informal setting. Pupils can develop their aural skills and theoretical knowledge as well as developing instrumental skills.

Jam Group - Year 9, KS4 & Sixth Form

Day / Time / Venue
Friday Week B
13:30-14:20 (second lunch)
Music Department

Year Group
Y9, KS4 and Sixth Form

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Pupils can come and learn to play guitar, bass, drums, keyboards or any other instrument they like, in an informal setting.
Pupils can develop their aural skills and theoretical knowledge as well as developing instrumental skills.

Senior Choir

Day / Time / Venue
Every morning during registration
C15

Year Group
Whole school

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Rehearse and perform a diverse repertoire of music for concerts in school and in the local area, masses, services and foreign concert tours.

Disney Choir

Day / Time / Venue
Tuesday
After school until 4pm
C15

Year Group
Years 7 and 8

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Rehearse and perform a programme of music in Disneyland Paris. The choir also perform the Summer Concert, Christmas Extravaganza and Carol Service.

Piano Academy

Day / Time / Venue
Monday and Thursday
Morning break
C15

Year Group
Whole school

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Pupils with no experience of playing the piano can learn for free with staff and more advanced students.

Orchestra

Day / Time / Venue
Wednesday
After school until 4pm
C14

Year Group
Whole school

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
An opportunity for instrumentalists of all levels and abilities to come together to rehearse and perform a wide variety of music.

Drama - Years 10 - 13

Day / Time / Venue
Oct – Feb

Year Group
Years 10-13

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Senior production. (rehearsals Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3.10pm – 4.30pm)
Opportunity for all students from years 10-13 to take part in our annual senior production.

Drama - Years 7 - 9

Day / Time / Venue
March – June

Year Group
Years 7-9

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Lower School production. (rehearsals Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3.10pm – 4.30pm)
Opportunity for all lower school students to be involved in a production.

Drama GCSE Drop in Clinic

Day / Time / Venue
Thursdays
3.10pm – 4.30pm

Year Group
Years 10 & 11

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
An opportunity for all GCSE Drama students to enhance their learning and have more one on one time with staff to boost their grades. Students can drop in at any time to ask questions or go through written work.

Netball - Year 7

Day / Time / Venue
Monday’s

Year Group
Yr7

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
All Yr7 Pupils – Development of physical literacy skills and competitive game experience.

Netball - Years 8 & 9

Day / Time / Venue
Wednesday

Year Group
Years 8 & 9

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Development of physical literacy skills and competitive game experience.

Netball - Years 10 & 11

Day / Time / Venue
Thursday

Year Group
Years 10 & 11

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Netball Team & GCSE Pupils – Skill & Performance development.

Rugby - Year 7

Day / Time / Venue
Monday’s

Year Group
Yr7

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
All Yr7 Pupils – Development of physical literacy skills and competitive game experience.

Rugby - Years 8 & 9

Day / Time / Venue
Tuesday

Year Group
Yr 8 & 9

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
All pupils Yr8&9 – Development of physical literacy skills and competitive game experience.

Rugby - Year 10

Day / Time / Venue
Tuesday

Year Group
Yr 10

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
All pupils Rugby Team & GCSE Pupils – Skill & Performance development.

Football - Years 7, 8 & 9

Day / Time / Venue
Thursday

Year Group
Yr 7/8/9

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
All pupils Yr7, 8 & 9 – Development of physical literacy skills and competitive game experience.

Football - Years 10 & 11

Day / Time / Venue
Tuesday

Year Group
Yr 10

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Football Team & GCSE Pupils – Skill & Performance Development.

Crossfit

Day / Time / Venue
Wednesday

Year Group
All Year Groups

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Health fitness and well-being. Physical Literacy. Open to all pupils.

Weight Training

Day / Time / Venue
Friday

Year Group
Y7-11

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
Health fitness and well-being. Physical Literacy. Open to all pupils. (Yr7/8/9 Lunchtime, Yr10/11 Breaktime)

New to Rugby

Day / Time / Venue

Year Group
Y7-11

Brief outline of activity
Targeted pupils / Who would benefit most from this activity?
In conjunction with WRU HUB Schools – Girls rugby initiative. Health fitness & well-being. Development of physical literacy. Speak to Mr Francis for more information.