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Enrichment is an essential part of life at the Academy.  As well as ensuring our students succeed in exams, we aim to develop character, compassion and service. Our aim is that all students will experience one thing they have never tried before, go to one place they have never been and become an expert in one thing they had never heard about. The Academy doors are open from 7:45am every morning as students take advantage of the wide variety of opportunities that exist outside the main curriculum.

We are incredibly proud to deliver an Education with Character; an education which challenges, inspires and excites our students and prepares them for the ups and downs of life.

Please see the information below as well as the galleries of images in the trips and visits and academy blog sections to see some of the massive range of opportunities students benefit from. There are too many to list!


All KS3 students are to attend at least 1 enrichment activity each week, this is an extended part of curriculum offer here at the Academy.  On introduction to the program students will sign an enrichment contract as a sign of commitment to the program.

Enrichment sessions will run on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening as well as some sessions running at dinner time.

Each term students will be given the opportunity to select a different activity. Students will be registered each session on the central enrichment and activity tracker. At the end of each term students who have attended 1 session a week or more will have access to the reward scheme.

To signify the importance and value of enrichment at the Academy students will also be able to achieve the enrichment awards in bronze, silver and gold. Each term attendance data will be analysed and where students meet the criteria, they will be awarded this recognition at the end of term assembly in front of the whole school.

Enrichment Timetable
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Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

At whatever level you enter, you have to undertake four key sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skill and an Expedition. To achieve the highest award (Gold) you also have to take part in a residential section. When a young person takes on the challenge of the DofE Award, it shows resilience, discipline and a ‘can do’ attitude. When a young person successfully completes the Award, it demonstrates they have learned key employability skills as well as social and interpersonal skills. Not only do these skills help prepare a young person for the world of work, they better enhance their chances of succeeding in life. The aim of the Award is to create a rounded, confident and capable young person. It’s about giving young people the best possible start in life. At Accrington Academy, the DofE Award is highly prized – we encourage all students, regardless of background, to attempt something new and to broaden their horizons. This scheme, alongside other enrichment opportunities, lends itself to students who want more from life.

For more information view our dedicated Duke of Edinburgh’s Award page.

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