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Curriculum Bonus Time


How will Extra-Curricular Activities be Delivered?

Curriculum Bonus Time (CBT): A period of time is built into the end of every school day (apart from Fridays) for extra-curricular activities. It might be that you play football on an evening for your club, or volunteer with the girl guides, or do any number of other things. In any case you have the opportunity to continue with these activities as well as leading or taking part in extra-curricular activities through The Academy.

Vacations: The longer and more frequent vacations mean departments can run residential trips which do not disrupt your learning at A-Level. Each department will run at least one trip during each school year, which might be UK-based or overseas. These trips will be optional but relevant to the subject you are studying. They will give you a great opportunity to interact with your classmates and teachers in a different setting, and to really explore the subject through a different context.


What Extra-Curricular Activities Will be on Offer?

As well as encouraging our students to continue with their own hobbies and interests outside of The Academy, we also offer a CBT (Curriculum Bonus Time) programme, whereby students are encouraged to bring their hobbies and interests into The Academy and share them with others.

Our CBT programme runs either during lunch time or during P7 as part of the college day. Students, supported by the pastoral team, set up and lead their CBT programme. This is a great opportunity to add to your leadership, coordination and communication skills as well as joining forces with likeminded peers at The Academy. To support the programme, a number of staff offer a variety of activities too. From; badminton and football to; history and culture, art and music club. There really is something for everyone.


Work Experience

Work experience is now fundamental to success in the world of work and many of you will have done some already in Year 10.

We will seek to arrange work experience placements through our network of business mentors for students who want to benefit from an additional opportunity. It is clear that relevant, meaningful experience of this nature demonstrates to employers that you have a commitment and willingness to immerse yourself in the real world.

In addition we will invite people from industry to deliver sessions and workshops to give you continuing insight. Career decisions must be well-informed and these sessions, combined with your exposure to your business mentor, means you will have the knowledge at your disposal to make sensible and appropriately ambitious career choices.


Student Executive

The Student Executive will represent student views to the Academy’s Leadership Team and (where relevant) its Governing Body. Every year there will be elections to the Student Executive where every student will be able to vote on who should represent you on whole-school issues.

This is designed to give you a real and exciting taste of both the voting and representational element of the democratic system, as well as to give you the opportunity to continue to shape and direct life at the Academy at the highest levels.

The Student Executive will lead on particular initiatives; especially on developing relationships with community organisations and local primary and secondary schools. The Academy’s Leadership Team will support the Student Executive through a progressive, collaborative relationship.