Extra-Curricular Clubs, Visits & Residential
At De Lacy, we know that not everything that is important in a school happens in a classroom or during the normal school day. That is why we enhance our normal curriculum with a full and varied enrichment programme and education outside the classroom experiences.
The school day finishes at 2.30, giving us plenty of time to offer enrichment opportunities to students.
Sport, being active and staying healthy.
After school, PE is a strong feature of the school. Students take part in local competitions such at the Delta Games, School Games competitions, and Five Towns local events and play regular fixtures against other schools. We enter Cup competitions in most traditional sports, such as rugby league, cross-country, football and netball.
In addition, PE is available after school on the following days:
We continue to offer a yearly sports day and combine this with a public service function as students raise money for a charitable cause.
We are passionate about introducing students to sports that they may not normally get the opportunity to access. We have partnered with a local golf club to allow students access to a golf coach, years 7 and 8 get a dance teacher for a 6 week period, as well as students have also experienced wheelchair basketball, which we also incorporate into our sports day. We have bought resources for Tchoukball, Rock-It ball and Frisbee. As well as offering ALL students, a block of inclusive sports, such as Boccia and new age curling.
Peripatetic music lessons are offered to students and take up is greatest in both drum kit and guitar lessons. Students have access to weekly 20-minute lessons, which are paid for by the academy.
Students are given the opportunity to take part in productions, combining both music and Drama. Students prepare and deliver a summer and Christmas concert as well as supporting other events throughout the year such as Year 8 Graduation.
A regular feature of De Lacy is the yearly staff Christmas panto; however, we would hesitate to classify this as Art! In addition, the Enrichment Faculty put on an annual Winter Warmer performance, which gives students in Drama, and Music the opportunity to perform in front of an audience made up of families and members of the community. This is in addition to performance opportunities that are provided throughout the rest of the year, Year 8 Graduation for example.
The Music department runs two weekly extra-curricular groups, Singing Group on Mondays and Steel Pan Band on Thursdays. Singing group provides an opportunity for students to explore their voices through solo and ensemble singing. The steel pan band allows up to 16 students to learn to play the traditional Trinidadian instrument using arrangements of popular and traditional songs.
The Drama department have a drama group that meets every Thursday after school to work through a combination of scripted and devised pieces. Students work in groups of various size to produce performances that allow them to develop their use of acting and presentation skills in a supportive and creative environment.
Art Club runs every lunchtime for different year groups. The club offers pupils a chance to break away from the curriculum and develop their own ideas. Art Club also offers our pupils the chance to work on whole school projects or catch up on work in their sketchbooks.
Each year there is a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park where students can engage with contemporary and historical art in a world-class environment.
To link with the Academy’s reading initiative, the Drama department recently ran a trip to see a stage adaptation of Malorie Blackman’s ‘Noughts and Crosses’ at the Grand Theatre, York. Having already read the novel, students got to see it acted out and were able to compare their thoughts on whether the play lived up to how they had imagined the story whilst reading it. Students were also able to comment on how theatre uses and adapts texts to suit the stage.
On the 1st May, 30 Year 9 music/drama students will attend a half-day taster session at Leeds College of Music. The session will focus on ‘Finding Your Voice’ and students will explore how protest is used as a stimulus to produce music and drama performances. Students will get a feel for life at college as well as working with practitioners to produce their own protest performance. The session will be followed with an in-school workshop looking at performance skills and confidence building.
Science club runs on a Monday night after school, and is open to all students. Science club allows students to engage with science topics and experience practical activities that are not covered by the National Curriculum. Science club activities have included making rockets, egg drop competition, and rat dissection, along with especially themed activities such as making sparklers for bonfire night.
Spanish club involves learning cultural aspects of Spanish speaking countries. The principle aim is to increase awareness of other cultures and languages and to gain an understanding of conversational Spanish. Also for students to see the language learning through different means to increase their appreciation and motivation for language learning.
ICT club runs every Wednesday. Students look at how to use Adobe suite - web design, digital design, animation, photo shop, w3schools.com and elements of games design.
History Club allows students to expand their historical skills and knowledge from lessons, to help understand their local history. History Club also allows students to challenge the misconceptions about history shown through various media outlets such as films; this expands their source analysis skills.
The library is open for students of all ages and staff before school, during break times, lunch times and after school. All of these sessions are supervised by our librarians who can help pupils engage with the Accelerated Reader programme, borrow books, access magazines from our subscription service, use the computer suite and access revision materials.
Homework club runs on a Friday after school and students are able to access computers to do research or use revision tools.
GCSE revision clubs run every night except Tuesday and maths run a maths club on a Saturday morning 9-12.
Residential Experiences and visits.
Allowing students to stay away from home in a different environment is something we encourage. Over the past 12 months, residentials that we have run or are running include Paris, Barcelona, Krakow, Cambridge and Ullswater.
Students are encouraged to visit institutes of higher education and trips have taken place to Leeds University, York St John’s University, Cambridge University and Huddersfield University. In addition, all students in Y10 must visit three local colleges as well as have assemblies from them on CIEG. We have visited the houses of Parliament a number of times and enjoy excellent support from our local MP Yvette Cooper.
Cultural and sporting trips are important to us too and we have facilitated trips to venues such as West Yorkshire Playhouse, York playhouse, Sheffield Lyceum, the Yorkshire Sculpture Park and Leeds United.
Students are also offered many work based opportunities such as ‘give construction a try’ and Drax power station and we attempt to encourage all students to visit the coast.
The notion of public service and personal responsibility are important themes of the Academy. Students are encouraged to get involved with wider issues and make a difference and they invariably do so with energy and gusto. We adopted the Children’s Air Ambulance as a charity last year and over the summer term attempted to raise £6000 in 6 weeks, the equivalent of £10 per student at the time. We smashed that target earning well over £7000 in a truly student led experience.
Similarly, we have identified the environment as an area of concern. Students have worked to rid the canteen of single use plastics, have researched and identified a more environmentally friendly way to reduce food waste and are currently planting 200 trees, a vegetable garden and a wildflower meadow for bees.
The Colours system
The colours system is our attempt to formalise and reward students who meet our wider values in school. In addition to rewarding and recognising students who contribute to the wider life of the Academy, colours encourage students to make positive contributions and show students that staff value these.
Gate crasher is a fun way to increase our cultural capital whilst also teaching us how to revise. Form time is used to teach students new things, for example to recognise the work of key artists or the music of classical composers as they enter the academy and cross the blue line on a morning.