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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!


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.

Booster classes that enable students to enhance their levels of achievement and success in a variety of curriculum subjects. This includes Emerge activities to stretch students who are able or talented in an area.
Trips and visits both local and international. Our Duke of Edinburgh students even organise, plan and run their own.
Strong work experience links are developed within the local and wider community to give older students the opportunity to experience, at first hand, a variety of careers and work environments, before making their own career choices.
After school enrichment activities run every night for all year groups. Students are encouraged to attend as many of the clubs as they can.
A minimum expectation is for Year 7 and Year 8 students to attend one club for the full term. These students will be issued with an enrichment card, each time they attend a session their teacher will sign their card. At the end of each term enrichment trips will be organised and students must produce their signed enrichment card to be considered for a place on the trip.

Enrichment Timetable

The Summer Talent Camp is a series of activities aimed at students who are about to join our Year 7 and runs during the Summer Holiday.  Students choose the workshops they would like to attend during the transition days at the end of the Summer term. The workshops are designed to develop the talents of the students and at the end of the camp the  families of the students visit the Academy to celebrate what has been achieved.
The workshops range from Art and Drama to Engineering and Sport and every day starts with an hour of literacy and numeracy booster classes.

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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