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!
The Enrichment programme offers all students a series of experiences that will deepen their understanding of the curriculum, develop their existing talents and introduce them to new opportunities that will engage and inspire them. All of the experiences are linked to curriculum areas or the Academy’s S.P.O.R.T skills and behaviours.
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.