Beyond the Classroom
Stamford Welland Academy offers a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities through a timetabled programme over the year. These encompass traditional activities such as sports, music and additional subject support, and less traditional activities such as military self-defence, RockBand and Green Team.
The academy day extends to 4.15pm for those students who wish to stay for after-school activities or additional curriculum assistance – these sessions are called Session 6s. It is expected that students will attend at least two Session 6s a week.
Every curriculum area offers at least one Session 6 after school and we continue to develop other opportunities – for example, Duke of Edinburgh, World Challenge, Army Cadet Force, and Water Sports, as well as elite programmes in rugby, hockey, football, and netball across our partnership with the Trust.
Session 6s also factor crucially in ensuring our students achieve their absolute best. Tutors will recommend sessions that will be useful if a student needs additional support or clarification. Students can also drop into extra-curricular study support sessions themselves if they are feeling overwhelmed or need assistance.
Current Session 6 Timetable: 2016 – Term 2 Session 6
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We believe in an all-inclusive education where every child not only develops academic skills, but self-confidence, life-skills, and leadership experiences.
In addition to the weekly enrichment programme, there is a wide -range of other whole academy community events:
- Inter-House competitions
- Extended curriculum days
- Enrichment week
- Charity events, including the annual charities morning
There are student leadership opportunities to be found throughout all aspects of academy life – from the informal leadership that is inherent in the mixed ag e tutor groups, through to the academy Student Council, and local and national representative groups.
Similarly, internationalism is promoted through the House structure with Houses linking to different continents on an annual rotation. This is also supported by a range of foreign trips and links to partner schools on other continents.
Valued Member of the Community
Stamford Welland Academy will be a valued member of the wider community and a source of immense pride.
Drawing upon the village college roots of the Trust, we firmly believe our role is to provide for all members of the community we serve. This means that we will look to open the school’s facilities to the community and seek to run community education courses.
Students will also be exposed to many opportunities in which they can help their in-school communities. They can take up a Head of House role or join the Student Council, and, in doing so, will work towards their Leadership Pledges whilst airing their views and concerns.
Establishing close links with younger pupils at nearby primary schools is also important, and we will be inviting them into Stamford Welland Academy to take part in a range of sporting, science and cultural projects. Some of the academy’s teachers will also be attending local primary schools to provide the pupils with wider opportunities in areas such as high-ability maths and English, modern languages and sport.
As part of the promise to deliver on the vision of the Free School, Stamford Welland Academy will seek, with the Department for Education’s support, to develop sixth-form provision in time for the students joining in September 2015. Drawing on the Trust’s experience of growing and setting excellent standards for post-16 learning, we believe that this total 11-19 years provision will benefit the school and Stamford communities.