Students make better progress if they take part in activities outside school lessons. Research has shown that children who take part in ‘out of school hours learning’ make better progress and improve their attendance and attitude to school and learning. A survey by ‘Save the Children’ showed most parents thought their children miss out if they do not take part in after school activities. Donald Hirsch of Loughborough University’s centre for research in social policy states, “What the research seems to show is that if you have a background of having done various forms of learning ‘out of school’, then that actually affects how you’re able to engage in learning when you get to school”.
Extra-curricular activities help students gain experience in a variety of areas that will enhance their future. Through participation in sports, students learn cooperation, teamwork and time management. By serving as an officer in an organisation, students learn responsibility, problem solving and communication. Extra-curricular activities can also help students discover hidden talents, meet people they might otherwise not encounter, and learn about things outside their own environment. Enrichment activities at Stockley Academy include the Lego Education Centre Clubs, Manga Art Club, Sports Clubs, Competitions, School Council, Debate Mate, Book Club and Film Club. A programme if activites takes place every term, the Spring programme is available as a download here.
Higher Education Access Programme
The top students in the Sixth Form take part in HEAPs (Higher Education Access Programme) which provides them with a personal mentor and experiences such as a residential trip to Cambridge University to ensure they have the best chance of gaining a place at a top university. Throughout the lower years in the schools trips, summer schools and the close ties with Brunel University help to raise the aspirations of students.
Lego Education Centre
Stockley Academy is the first school in the UK to feature a LEGO® Education Centre (LEC). The LEC is designed to develop essential skills built around the key areas of science; technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM subjects).
With the LEGO brand invoking fond childhood memories in both students and teachers alike, it’s not surprising that the LEGO Education kits have been very eagerly received... But while these are just as engaging and fun as the brightly coloured LEGO sets we had as kids, they are serious learning tools that stimulate our students’ interest in science as well as allowing them to develop real, practical problem-solving skills.
Students build their own LEGO solutions based on the innovative LEGO 4C approach: Connect, Construct, Contemplate and Continue. After using the hardware to build their own LEGO creations, simple, icon-based software even allows students to programme robots. This encourages them to use their imagination and problem solving skills in the process – can the class build a robot that will guard the room, sounding an alarm when someone comes through the door? Can they create a ‘power station’ that generates energy using wind or water?
The LEC offers tuition for students of all ages in a wide variety of disciplines - as well as involving mathematical and scientific skills, they encourage pupils to develop softer skills such as creativity and cooperation. It’s incredibly important for students to enjoy and engage with these kind of subjects, as they are our next generation of engineers, mechanics and even spacecraft designers.
Extra Curricular Sports
We believe that giving our students the opportunity to participate in extra curricular activities is a most important part of our Physical Education programme.
It gives our students the time to;
Refine their skills
Experience winning and losing
Be a leader
Be part of a team
Meet friends and socialise
We have a very wide range of activities, not only the traditional team games that we play against other schools but also new ones that we hope will encourage wider participation for those students who do not necessarily enjoy team games.
This includes Boxercise, Gymnastics, Rowing, BMX Biking, Futsol, Ice skating and Ten-pin bowling.
We also enter all the Hillingdon Borough Sports competitions including; Football, Cricket, Badminton, Rugby, Rounders, Table Tennis, Basketball, Athletics, Bi-athlon, Hockey, Netball, Rowing and Futsal.
Extra Curricular Performing Arts
Performing Arts at Stockley Academy is thriving, from Year 7 to the Sixth Form, there is something for everyone.
Activities include dance, drama and music as well as the school productions (which are open to all); and Theatre Crew, who work backstage to support all the productions and events both on and off-site.
This year there have been many curricular and extra curricular performing arts opportunities, including Rock Challenge, the Red Cross' 'Dance for Life'. The Rock Challenge team has also been asked to perform outside the London Mayors office, for the ‘National Youth Dance celebrations’ on 4th July.
Learning Resource Centre
Our LRC is a calm and quiet retreat for students to come and learn, with a warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
The LRC houses a broad range of resources that are accessible and meet the needs and learning styles of every student from Year 7 to the Sixth Form. This allows our students to learn and research information at a pace that is most comfortable for them, we call this ‘Imaginative research’.
We have a wide range of Fiction and Non-fiction books, newspapers, journals, magazines and study guides. Our listening area houses an Audio listening centre with audio books and music CD’s, our writers corner has an interactive white board and a computer suite and we have a visual centre that contain educational DVD’s that run in-line with the curriculum.
Our LRC has two floors, downstairs is the main library and upstairs is the Sixth Form library, which also houses resources and a computer suite. We have a connexions team that provide information about careers and choices; they help guide our students as they make important decisions for their future.
We aim to provide our students with opportunities and innovative learning resources that will motivate and inspire them to become competent readers and independent learners. The essential skills required for life-long learning.
Our LRC Manager, Mrs Bhatti was awarded Highly Commended in The School Library Associations, ‘School Librarian of the Year 2008’ and is regularly asked to judge National book awards.
The LRC is open throughout the school day and also after school, the hours are 8.40 – 4.00pm.
Extra-curricular activities for the Spring term are in this booklet