We are particularly proud of the enrichment provision we have for our students here at SRPA. The variety of opportunities our students have are wide ranging and provide further support with building character.

Extra Curricular Activities Calendar, including PE and Expressive Arts – Rise and Read through to Science Club, check it out!

Termly House Activities Calendar

Student Leadership – Get involved with your House Team! Could you support other students around the academy?
Mathematics Challenge – Problem solving and chances to represent the Academy against other schools nationwide!

This is a national competition aimed at the top Mathematics students in schools aged between 11 and 18. We believe the challenge offers students the opportunity to problem solve in a competitive environment that will encourage improvements in thinking skills through interpretation and deconstruction of problems. The school has had some fantastic results with  more than 40 students medalling in the past year. Particular mention should go to our gold medallists:

  • Isaac B (Year 7)
  • Jessica D (Year 7)
  • Bradley K (Year 8)
  • Fraser M (Year 11)

Two of the students (Isaac and Bradley) also performed in the top 1.5% of their age group and qualified for the international kangaroo competition; an outstanding achievement.

Alongside the individual competition there are team events designed to inspire collaboration and teamwork.

Our students have  represented our academy at regional events; demonstrating their abilities to communicate mathematical concepts and solve in depth problems:

Junior team:

  • Billy W
  • Yusuf R
  • Charlotte H
  • Eva W

Senior Team:

  • Joshua W
  • Jacob B
  • Ezekiel P
  • Toby M
Reading Challenge – Read books and get House Points for it! Read the book of the month for extra House Points!

The Reading Challenge is now into its eighth year and is continuing to grow!  So why not get involved?  Earn yourself extra House Points and see if you can be the lucky winner of signed books or even a Kindle!!!

This year’s list contains some phenomenal books (various award winners as well as books that are so great that they’ve made it onto the big screen!!) so why not give some a shot?  Remember that you receive 10 House Points for every review that you submit on Frog!

Something new to look out for too… there will be Book of the Month! I look forward to hearing your thoughts on them all! Reading and reviewing this can earn you 30 House Points each month! Get climbing that leader-board!

Also, for those who finish the Reading Challenge list, there is last year’s Carnegie award shortlisted books to try too- so get reading!

House Fundraising Challenge – Can your House raise the most for your own nominated charity?

To donate, please click here: House Fundraising Challenge

World Challenge – Do you like exploring? Want to work in a team to make a difference all over the world?

We started our partnership with World Challenge in 2005 when we launched our first oversees expedition to Kenya and we have just completed our 13th expedition to Southern India.

Students within Year 9 and above are invited to apply for an expedition usually in September where they then take part in a program lasting just under 2 years. This program supports them in fundraising for the expedition cost, provides them with a training expedition and in school meetings run by World Challenge focused on how to fundraise for their expedition. As an academy we hold weekly meetings with the team to support their development, team skills and fundraising organisation. We also offer a kit information evening for students and parents and support the team with fitness testing required by World Challenge.

Over the past 13 years 152 students from the academy have travelled to 12 different countries all over the world.

For more information please visit https://weareworldchallenge.com/uk/

Duke of Edinburgh Award – Do you love an adventure and want to meet like minded people?

We have been running a thriving DofE centre for many decades and are proud to be able to offer this enriching, extra-curricular activity for our students, who realise there is more to life than being a couch potato.

We run our programme at three levels, which when completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. These awards are achieved by completing a personal programme of activities in four sections (five if students are going for Gold): Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition (and for Gold, a Residential).

Doing a DofE award brings many advantages and positives:

– helping people or the community
– getting fitter
– developing skills
– going on an expedition for two or more days and being self-sufficient
– problem solving
– self-management
– developing a sense of responsibility
– reliability
– perseverance
– resilience
– team working
– leadership
– communication
– making decisions under pressure
– you get to choose what you do, as long as it conforms within the criteria for a section
– employers favour the can-do attitude of candidates with a DofE award
– looks great on UCAS applications

Due to a limited places available, we would advise you to return your application forms as soon as possible. Please join us on our open evenings, the Y9 DofE meeting, or simply contact us.

These amazing opportunities all develop ‘the qualities and attributes students need to thrive as individuals, family members and members of society’, supporting our core aims set out in our personal development programme.

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