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The Academy Vision is to enable our students to ‘achieve more than they ever thought possible’. Academic attainment and excellent results are vital, of course, but just as important is the way in which we open our students’ eyes to the amazing possibilities offered by life beyond the Academy gates. We want our students to leave the Academy as bright, optimistic people who have had some incredible experiences and challenges in their time with us.
We are serious about giving our students the chance to try activities they never thought they could do; to learn new skills, to meet new people and to have experiences that few other schools in the country can offer.
In addition to activities, clubs, sports fixtures and study support sessions during the week after school, in the Secondary phase, every Wednesday afternoon from 2.30pm until 4.30pm becomes an extended lesson 5, which is compulsory for all students. During this lesson we offer students the most extensive programme of enrichment in the region, if not the country. Primary students also take advantage of co-curricular and there are opportunities for Year 5 and 6 students in the Primary to work with secondary students on some of the activities and initiatives.
Full details of these activities and timings are displayed around the Academy.