Clubs and Activities
After lessons finish, our staff put on a range of clubs that students can take part in. In addition, during the year students will have opportunities to go on special trips or hear from guest speakers.
Our PE department offers activities for girls and boys and for all year groups – some mixed and some for particular groups.
The timetable changes each half term to include seasonal sports such as cross-country in the autumn, and athletics in the summer, as well as popular sports such as football, netball and rugby. Students who want to play for the academy’s teams against other schools should attend these clubs for the best chance of being picked.
Each summer, we organise a sports day which take place at the Manchester Regional Arena and give students a chance to represent their academy Family in track and field events.
The PE department also organises a range of fun sports competitions between our academy Families across the year.
Music Lessons & Concerts
There are many opportunities for students who enjoy music and singing, incluidng
- individual lessons in woodwind, string, brass, percussion, guitar and vocal skills arranged by our Music teachers during the school day (please contact our Music staff to ask about availability and timetables)
- after-school Rock Band, Academy Big Band, String Group and Choir
- Concerts and performances
Drama and Productions
Every year we offer students the chance to sing, dance and work behind the scenes in our Theatre.
Our annual productions are spectacular and put students in front of a live audience. Find out about our past shows here.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Ms Cherry recently relaunched the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at the academy with a group of Year 9 students.
What is the DofE?
A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers. There are four sections to complete at Bronze and Silver level and five at Gold. They involve helping the community/environment, becoming fitter, developing new skills, planning, training for and completing an expedition and, for Gold only, working with a team on a residential activity.
The Library and Academic Clubs
Our wonderful academy Library, staffed by experts (adults and students) provides a great place for students to work independently and explore the world through our extensive Library collection. There are thousands of fiction and non-fiction books, graphic novels, manga, newspapers and magazines, a careers section, computers and more! Students can sit and study at tables or relax and read on our comfy chairs and beanbags. The Library is open before school, at break and lunch times, and after school.
Some subject areas run clubs for students to learn beyond the curriculum, including some aimed specifically at Gifted, Able and Talented students. These include Debate Mate, Photography Club, Chess Club, Science Club and more.
Our extra-curricular timetable from April 2022
|Day||Club (year group)||Time||Staff||Room|
|Monday||Girls Football (All Years)||2:45-3:45||Miss Heslop||3G|
|Practical Upskilling (Year 11)||2.45-3.45||Ms Longmore||Tech 1 HC|
|Ms Foster, Mrs Davies and Ms Taffe||ICT 6 and TE2 D&T & TX|
|Eco Warriors (All Years)||3:00-4:00||Mr Simpson/ Dr Hopper||SC11/ Academy Grounds|
|Global citizens||3:00-4:00||Miss Nwokedi||MFL1|
|KS3 drama club||2.45-3.30||Mr Hill||Drama|
|Accelerated GCSE for those wanting to do both language (Year 8)||3:00-4:00||Miss Kirkham||MFL2|
|Business Boffins (Year 8 invite only)||2:45-3:30||Mr Yeandle||ICT2|
|English poetry club||2.45-3.45||Miss Bland||En7|
|BTEC Sport XL – Year 10 & 11||2.45-3.45||Mrs Locke, Miss Atkinson, Mr Lavelle|
|Tuesday||Big Band (All Years)||2:45-3:45||Mr Rudden||MU2|
|Girls Fitness Suite (All Years)||2:45-3:45||Miss Rowan||Fitness Suite|
|Student committee meetings (most Tuesdays, all welcome – speak to Ms Morley or Mrs Brice for details)||2.45-3.45||Ms Morley & Mrs Brice||Media Suite|
|Maths Puzzle Club (All Years)||2.45-3.45||Miss Asquith||MA8|
|Boys Fitness Suite (Year 10 & 11)||2:45-3:45||Mr Schofield||Fitness Suite|
|Girls & Boys Cricket (Year 7 & 8)||2:45-3:45||Mr Bromhead, Dr Hopper and Mr Simpson||3G|
|Choir (All Years)||2:45-3:30||Miss Stott||DR2|
|Girls Rugby Club (All years)||2:45-3:45||Miss Heslop||3G|
|Badminton (All Years)||2:45-3:45||Mr Small||Sports Hall|
|Yoga (All Years)||2:45-3:45||Miss Kannenberg||Dance studio|
|Film Club (Year 7 & 8)||2:45-3:45||Miss Lowes||EN8|
|Green Power (Invite Only)||3:00-4:00||Mr Montgomery/ Dr Hopper/ Mr Simpson||SCI LZ/Te 2|
|Duke of Edinburgh drop in||2.45-3.45||Mrs Cherry|
|ART Club (KS4)||2.45 – 4.00||Mrs Wright||Art 2|
|Pride group (student-led, all welcome)||2.45-3.30||Ms Morley / Ms Wedderburn||Sanctuary (2nd floor)|
|Thursday||Maths A Level Club||2:45-3:45||Mr Tollman||MA7|
|Boys Rugby (Years 7 & 8)||2:45-3:45||Mr Schofield/ Mr Small||Grass|
|STEM CLUB (Year 7 & 8)||3:00-4:00||Miss Owen||SC7|
|Art Club (Year 7 & 8)||2:45-3:30||Miss Esmail and Ms Smith||ART1|
|Rounders (All years)||2:45-3:45||Mrs Locke, Miss Gamlin & Miss Atkinson||Sports Hall|
|Dance/Cheerleading||2:45-3:45||Miss Heslop||Dance Studio|
|Climbing (Year 7 – sign up only)||2:45-3:45||Mr Mills||Climbing Wall|
|Handball (Year 7 Boys)||2:45-3:45||Mr Lavelle||Sports Hall|
|Photography Club (Year 8)||2.45-3.30||Mr Lawlor||Media Suite|
|Bee club||2.45-3.30||Ms Palkimas||Science 4|
|Scalextric club||2.45-3.30||Mr Montgomery/ Dr Hopper/ Mr Simpson||Tech 2|
|Maths Challenge club||2.45-3.30||Miss Ellison||MA6|
|EAL ILT club||2.45-3.45||Mr Kabwebwe||EAL 1|
|Friday||Boys Fitness Suite (Year 7, 8, 9)||2:45-3:45||INI Mr Kabwebwe||Fitness Suite|
|Badminton (All Years)||2:45-3:45||Mr Small||Sports Hall|
|Knit and Natter (All Years)||2.45-3.30||Mrs Brice/Miss Tindall||Library|