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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, We Will Rock You and Alice, 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.

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.

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.

Extra-curricular Timetable:

Lunchtime Activity Description Other Information

'MUGA Monday' Football 



All Years - MUGA

Y10 - Sports Hall

Activity Hall


Team Gymnastics

Activity Hall

Football - Team Epic All Years - Sports Hall  
BTEC PE Catch Up BG1  
Wednesday Basketball  All Years  - Sports Hall Trainers need to be worn
Gymnastics  Activity Hall  
Thursday Table Tennis All Years - Sports Hall Trainers need to be worn
Dance Y11 GCSE - Dance Studio  
BTEC PE Catch Up BG1  
Friday Boys Badminton Club  All Years - Sports Hall Trainers need to be worn
'Football Friday'  All Years - MUGA  
Dodgeball Y7 & 8 - Activity Hall  
After School Activity Description Other Information
Monday Fitness Year 9 to 11 - Fitness Suite  
Science Achieve Achieve sessions for Y11 students to prepare for their GCSE exams 3 - 4pm
Tuesday Girls Netball  All Years - MUGA  
Choir An opportunity to sing some of your favourite songs with an amazing group of people! With Mrs Ledwood
English Achieve Achieve sessions for Y11 students to prepare for their GCSE exams 3 - 4pm
Wednesday Football and Netball Fixtures Fixtures can be found on our 'Results and fixtures' page Students need o bring full PE Kit including trainers and meet in the changing rooms.
Maths Achieve Achieve sessions for Y11 students to prepare for their GCSE exams 3 - 4pm
Hegarty Maths Hub Students can work on their Maths prep  
Thursday Art Club An opportunity to improve your art work and explore a range of exciting materials and resources.

Open to all Years. All materials provided.

RE Achieve Achieve sessions for Y11 students to prepare for their GCSE exams 3 - 3:45pm