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Beyond the Classroom

We believe in balancing academic attainment with a diversity of experiences outside the classroom that are fulfilling, challenging and thought provoking. It is this conviction that produces young adults with well-developed skills of communication, teamwork and leadership.

We are proud of the wealth of extra-curricular possibilities on offer to our students. Whether they are interested in Sports, Music, Performing Arts, Reading, Films, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme or ICT apps, there is something for everyone!

Our superb facilities and highly committed staff are the perfect combination to help all of our students realise their dreams.

Performing Arts:

The arts form an important part of Academy life, and students are provided with a number of ways in which to express their creative side including dance, drama and choir. We have had great success in national Youth Speaks, Young Musician and Young Chef competitions. Productions and concerts provide an excellent platform for students to express their creativity and we are always recruiting new talent to perform.

We have a successful history of musical productions including Little Shop of Horrors, Les Miserables and We Will Rock You, have a highly praised Academy band and excellent junior and senior choirs.

Trips and theatre visits are common activities and students perform their work to a range of audiences from assemblies to full scale productions.

Art:

The excellent quality of art work is apparent around the Academy displayed in prominent areas. Students attain exceptional results and a high number take advantage of lunchtime and after-school clubs to develop their skills.

We have gained the Artsmark Gold award on 3 consecutive occasions. This is as a result of our fantastic arts provision and credit to our talented students. The award is about music, dance, drama, textiles as well as art and productions.

Sports:

We offer a full range of extra-curricular sporting activities including clubs at lunchtime and after school. Football, basketball, rugby, netball and rounders are offered competitively and older students are actively involved in Junior and Community Sports Leader Awards.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (DofE):

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is well established in the Academy and we regularly have the largest group of graduates in the Borough of Doncaster. Students undertake Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards while they are at the Academy. Expeditions during weekends and holidays have been to the Peak District, the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, Exmoor and the North Yorkshire Moors.

Residential Opportunities:

We firmly believe that residential education provides unique opportunities for personal development. A variety of residential experiences are on offer and these include:

  • Outdoor Adventure Experiences.
  • Kingswood.
  • France.
  • Germany.
  • Italy.
  • New York.
  • Academy Band Tours.
  • Aim Higher University Visits.

Gifted and Talented Programmes:

Students with high ability and specific talent are identified on entry and throughout their time at the Academy. They take part in a number of enrichment activities to stimulate and challenge them. The Academy plays host to a higher than average number of students who gain access to the Young, Gifted and Talented network (YGT). Hubs based at Universities throughout Yorkshire will allow students online access to exciting workshops and support.