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Curriculum Enhancement Programme

Every week two Thursday afternoons, conventional school is replaced with ‘Curriculum Enhancement’, an afternoon of enrichment activities led by specialists.  These opportunities are intended to broaden your child’s experience of the curriculum and introduce them to new skills, knowledge and experiences.  Remaining in school is optional, so your child can leave school at 1.55pm to continue their learning from home during the afternoon. 

Students are rotated automatically on a termly (Sep/Jan/Apr) basis and will have the opportunity to experience three enrichment activities during the year.  Please see the ‘Course Descriptors’ below for information about each activity offered until July 2023. 

More information will follow when your child joins in September 2023, we urge parents to check and respond to their emails to ensure their child has a smooth start.  This page will be updated when final arrangements have been confirmed, so please check again nearer the time.

Course Descriptors 2022-23

(We reserve the right to withdraw/change/modify/add to any of the courses at any stage of the year)

The following courses are funded by the school and offered free of charge to all year 7's only.

Please note most students will have the opportunity to experience three activities as they will rotate automatically on a termly basis (Sep/Jan/Apr). 

Aston Villa Football (Year 7)

This course seeks to develop Speed, Agility and Quickness (SAQ) and a variety of strategies and tactics.  Students will travel to and from the venue on the school minibus accompanied by a member of staff.

This is an outdoor activity, so students need to come dressed in suitable sportswear appropriate to the time of year.

Building Fitness & Resilience (Year 7)

These sessions will cover a variety of activities such as team building, self-regulation, self-discipline and emotional resilience to promote positive mental health and well-being.  Students will also develop mindfulness techniques to aid concentration and help to combat negative thinking.

Fencing (Year 7)

Fencing is the recreational sport of swordplay that can be enjoyed by people of any age, and offers a multitude of benefits.  Fencing is both a physical and a mental workout, in which fencers learn to hone their strategies against opponents of varying skill levels, and build up physical endurance, agility, and accuracy.  Confidence and sportsmanship are gained through participation in fencing and extend throughout other areas of life.  You can begin fencing as a youth or an adult – for fun, for fitness, or to train for competing.

The programme will be based on 5 Styles of Fencing:

  • Offensive Techniques (Foil)
  • Defensive Techniques (Sabre)
  • Exercises 
  • Matches 
  • Games 

Magic (Year 7)

An introduction to magic which promises to be a fun and entertaining confidence workshop.  Students will learn a few magic tricks to amaze their friends and family.

Multi-Sports (Year 7)

Students will develop a variety of skills, strategies and tactics in a range of sport disciplines for example Cricket, Basketball, Rounder’s, Football, etc.

This is an outdoor activity, so students need to come dressed in suitable sportswear appropriate to the time of year.