Session 6 - Extracurricular & Afterschool
Ely College hopes to offer a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities through a timetabled programme over the year. These in the past have encompass traditional activities such as sports, music and additional subject support, and less traditional activities such as Warhammer, Knitting and Archaeology Club.
The learning day often extends to 4.15pm for those students who wish to stay for after-school activities or additional curriculum assistance. We call this 'Session 6'.
We hope that every curriculum area will offer afterschool sessions and we will continue to develop other opportunities throughout the year– for example, Duke of Edinburgh and the Arts Award, as well as elite programmes in rugby, hockey, football, and netball across our partnership with the Trust.
The extensive programme will also factor crucially in ensuring our students achieve their absolute best. Tutors will recommend sessions that will be useful if a student needs additional support or clarification. Students can also drop into extra-curricular study support sessions themselves if they are feeling overwhelmed or need assistance.
Full listing is attached at the bottom of this page. We are planning to offer more Session 6 events when we are able to ensure pupil and staff safety. The list will be updated periodically, so please check back every ½ term for updates.
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We believe in an all-inclusive education where every child not only develops academic skills, but self-confidence, life-skills, and leadership experiences.
In addition to the weekly enrichment programme, there is a wide -range of other whole academy community events:
- Inter-House competitions
- Extended curriculum days
- Enrichment week
- Charity events, including the annual charities morning
There are student leadership opportunities to be found throughout all aspects of academy life – from the informal leadership that is inherent in the mixed age tutor groups, through to the schools' Student Council, Student Librarians and local and national representative groups.
Valued Member of the Community
Ely College will be a valued member of the wider community and a source of immense pride as will all of our students.
Drawing upon the village college roots of the Trust, we firmly believe our role is to provide for all members of the community we serve. This means that we will continue to open the school’s facilities to the community and extended the community education courses we are so proud of.
Students will also be exposed to many opportunities in which they can help their in-school communities. They may take up a Head of House role, Head Student responsibilities or join the Student Council, and, in doing so, work towards their Leadership Pledges whilst airing their views and concerns.
Establishing close links with younger pupils at nearby primary schools is also important, and we will be inviting them into Ely College to take part in a range of sporting, science and cultural projects. Some of the academy’s teachers will also be attending local primary schools to provide the pupils with wider opportunities in areas such as high-ability maths and English, modern languages and sport.
Ely College has, with the support of local partners, developed and relaunched our sixth-form provision in time for the students joining in September 2017. Drawing on the Trust’s experience of growing and setting excellent standards for post-16 learning, we believe that this total 11-19 years provision will benefit the school and East Cambridgeshire communities.