Every half term, after discussion with Student Voice, we review our enrichment calendar to respond to student requests. Please find attached our enrichment offer at Darton Academy for the January to February half term. Please also note that we offer a study bus which will help support students who previously found it difficult to attend enrichment activities due to transportation issues.

What is enrichment?

Although formal lessons end at 2.30pm, the Academy day does not. Students are able to choose from a fantastic range of after-school enrichment activities and clubs, both academic and non-academic. Sessions are typically 2.30 – 3.30pm, although some go on later than this. 

There are over 50 enrichment opportunities to choose from each week, running from Mondays – Fridays. There are less clubs on a Tuesday due to whole staff training after school. 

All sessions are run by staff volunteers. Enrichment is overseen by Mrs Sharples, who is always happy to help.

Why attend enrichment?

There are two main reasons to attend the after-school activities on offer. Firstly, catch up sessions are a fantastic tool to help accelerate your academic achievement. Whether you missed a lesson, want to improve your depth of knowledge or need help with coursework then catch up sessions will provide you with one to one tuition from a range of staff in different departments. Secondly, enrichment activities allow you to gain experience and skills in areas not typically part of your everyday curriculum. Enhancing your personal attributes by opting to gain new experiences is extremely desirable to future employers and higher education providers. 

Who can attend?

Everyone! Whatever year group you are in there are a huge range of after academy sessions to choose from. Some activities are specifically targeted at individual year groups or key stages and this information is provided in this letter Enrichments that are open to everyone provide great opportunities to make friends in other year groups. 

What is available?

Whatever your needs or interests there are multiple activities to get involved with. The selection of activities are organised by day and in alphabetical order. If there’s an enrichment you would like to take part in that isn’t currently offered, mention it to Mrs Sharples and we will try our hardest to run it. 

New enrichments this half term:

After liaising with students and staff we are pleased to be able to offer the following new enrichments next half term, these are highlighted in yellow on the enrichment programme: Careers advice, global challenge, sign language, STEM club, creative writing, board and card games, rugby, running and hair and beauty. 

What happens if an enrichment has to be cancelled?

Occasionally enrichment sessions may need to be cancelled, such as when there is bad weather or staff illness. You will be made aware of this at the very first opportunity so that you can plan your journey home. A text message will be sent to your parent/carer. If you are concerned that you cannot leave the academy until 3.30 staff will be available to guide you to an alternative enrichment provision. 

This half terms enrichment programme will begin on Monday 6th January 2020 unless students have been informed otherwise.

Please dowload a copy of the enrichment timetable. 

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