“Barclay Academy takes pride in offering opportunities and experiences to all which go beyond the curriculum — whether this is on the sports field, in the drama studio or elsewhere.
We are proud of the wide range of different societies and clubs on offer which run before school, during lunchtime and after school.”
Extracurricular sport is a valued part of Barclay Academy. Pupils are provided with the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports across the week at both lunchtime and after school. Sports offered across the year include football, netball, hockey, table tennis, volleyball, basketball, gymnastics, cheerleading, cricket and rounders.
Pupils are provided with the opportunity to compete in sports against other schools at both district and county events. Pupils who prefer to participate for fun are given the opportunity to participate recreationally in their favourite sport each week. Pupils are also encouraged to try a new sport, with our clubs being open to all pupils.
The Arts are an important part of student development at Barclay Academy. Outside of curriculum lessons, our enrichment provision allows all students to access different arts activities to widen student experience and promote love of learning.
For music, students can learn an instrument through our instrumental lesson programme.
This includes both 1-2-1 and small group teaching delivered by a highly skilled team of peripatetic music teachers.
Students can take part in a range of ensembles, from beginner to more advanced including woodwind and strings group, guitar ensemble and KS3 and KS4 choir.
For drama, the students also can take part in a range of drama and dance activities outside of curriculum lessons; this includes joining our Performing Arts Company, Drama Group and Dance Company. These opportunities are to further develop student understanding and appreciation of how drama and dance can influence people's lives and evoke change.
For our talented artists, the art department offers a range of enrichment activities after school. This includes weekly workshops as part of after school provision. Throughout the year, a range of concerts, productions and exhibitions take place. This includes music concerts such as our annual carol concert, drama and dance showcases, whole school productions and our annual Key Stage 4 and sixth form art exhibitions. This allows students' work to be celebrated with members of their family, peers, and staff to showcase their hard work, effort and talent.
At Barclay there are a wide range of societies and clubs where students can develop their personal character. These include the gardening club, the school newspaper group, the cookery club and the debating society. The Duke of Edinburgh Award and Young Enterprise Scheme are both offered as well.
Throughout all years and departments, trips are organised to inspire and enable learning to come to life with awe and wonder. These include visits to museums, art galleries and places of historical interest as well as UK and international residentials with destinations such as Belgium, Berlin, Poland, Iceland and Washington DC.
As part of enriching students’ understanding of the theatre, students are regularly offered the opportunity to see live theatre and take part in professional workshops. Students are given the opportunity to visit art galleries to further their understanding of a range of artists and techniques.
Careers education, information and guidance is an important part of preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.
A planned programme of activities supports the students in choosing pathways at key transition points that suit their interests and abilities and helps them to work towards a career path and sustainable employment.
Our programme empowers young people to plan and manage their own futures.
We acknowledge that availability of information is a key factor in career choice and pathway decisions.
It raises aspirations, promotes equality, diversity, social mobility, challenges stereotypes and supports young people to achieve personal and economic well-being throughout their lives.