Well-organised, safe and stimulating activities before and after school provide children and young people with a wider range of experiences. These make a real difference to their chances at school and beyond. It gives them the opportunity to keep fit and healthy, to acquire new skills, to build on what they learn during the school day or simply to have fun and relax.
Denefield offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students. These vary across the academic year but might include dance, science, cookery, music, chess, eco club, public speaking, Combined Cadet Force, DofE and many others. On the sporting front, the PE department at Denefield firmly believes in the numerous positive benefits from regular participation in physical activity. In addition to providing our students with a stimulating and challenging curriculum, PE staff are firmly committed to providing our young people with a wide ranging extra-curricular programme. This includes both lunch time and after school clubs, off-site adventure activities such as climbing, canoeing, kayaking and orienteering, and the participation of school teams in district, county and national competitions.
Matches and fixtures take place each week in a number of sports, depending on the time of year. Generally the autumn term will see students participate in rugby, netball, hockey, basketball and cross-country matches; the spring term mainly consists of football, tag rugby, netball, basketball, hockey and cross-country competitions whilst the summer term sees fixtures in cricket, rounders and athletics.
Students are consulted regularly to find out what activities they enjoy and would like to be involved in at school. Feedback is also welcomed from students on the current offer so that activities can be made even better. By this means, Denefield can tailor its activities to suit students’ interests and also provide them with additional study support to help them in realising their full potential. Taking part in these activities helps boost students’ confidence, self-esteem and social skills and supports them in developing key skills for later life. The sessions also give students the opportunity to receive additional support with their work, particularly nearer exams.
There are also opportunities for children in Years 5 and 6 to join us for activities which support their progress at KS2 and which can aid their smooth transition into Year 7. Their feedback tells us they really enjoy the termly Kids College sessions which include a range of six-week courses in science, technology and the arts. Children identified as gifted and talented by their primary schools will be invited to take part in our regular Super Learning Days.
A full list of enrichment activities is available from tutors to ensure that children don’t miss out on any exciting opportunities. Students can also find out more about what is on offer by referring to the notices around the school site or by asking at student reception.