Trips and Extra Curricular


Rhine in Germany and Madrid in Spain

The Modern Foreign Languages department is excited to be running two trips abroad this year! We are taking 48 Year 8 & 9 students to the Rhine in Germany in July, and in September, 24 of our new Year 11 students will be flying to Madrid. Both trips will offer students plenty of opportunities to practise the language they study in the academy, as well as offering cultural visits to Cologne chocolate and sports museum, a boat ride on the river Rhine and a to the visit the famous Gothic Cathedral and Treasury.  Also visiting the Retiro Park, Plaza de Espana and Museum Reina Sofia (Madrid). Both trips also include a day to relax and have fun in a local theme parks, and Warner Brothers in Madrid.

Our Year 11 trip to Paris (including Disneyland) was the last time we were able to run a trip abroad, just before the arrival of Covid, and we are delighted that so many students aremadrid able to take part in these long-awaited trips to Germany and Spain. We would like to thank Thomas Anguish for their financial support, which means that many children who have never been abroad will be able to do so for the first time.

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duke of edinburgh award

The Academy runs the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze and Silver level, with all students encouraged to participate in the Award.  The Award is the most prominent youth award in the country, with the students taking part in physical activities, learning a skill, volunteering, as well as completing two expeditions to achieve the award.

The award is aimed at providing for young people an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding program of personal development.   The completion of all four sections of the award is also looked on very favourably by colleges, universities and employers as evidence of a well-rounded and committed individual.

To assist all students in participating in the award, the Academy will be able to provide tents, rucksacks, rolls mats and cooking stoves for all students.  Students will need to bring their own clothing, however, we do have some boots and waterproofs that students can borrow.  Trainers are not acceptable.

There are three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award.  We currently do the Bronze Award.

•Bronze – 6 Months

Bronze Award:
The Bronze Award is offered to students at the end of Year 9, to complete from the end of Year 9 and throughout Year 10.

Due to financial support the school has been able to obtain, the overall cost of completing the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award is £72, but we can apply for funding for the enrollment fee and no student would be excluded on the basis of not being able to afford the expenses.  This covers all costs including campsite, assessors and registration.  If you are unable to pay for the costs in one payment please discuss this with me, please do not let the cost be the reason your child is unable to participate.

The physical, skills and volunteering sections are to be completed by the students over a 3-6 month period and can be completed during the schools extra-curricular program or outside the school in sports clubs etc.  The expedition section will be led by the school and delivered during the school term.  Students will be to complete this in friendship groups from their form.

The Practice Expedition will take place over three days, with one day based in school and a two day expedition in the local area to follow.  The two day Assessment Expedition will take place when the students are in Year 10.


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