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The curriculum at Pleckgate extends far beyond the academic and vocational lessons offered during the school day.  We provide a vast array of extracurricular and enrichment  activities across key stage 3 and key stage 4, which support our pupils to develop their interests and talents outside of the classroom.  These experiences help pupils to develop their resilience, confidence and independence, as well as keeping them physically and mentally healthy.

Aims of Extracurricular at Pleckgate High School

Research indicates that participation in extracurricular activities positively correlates with pupils’ development both academically and personally. Pupils who participate in extracurricular activities have greater academic success, greater character development, especially in the areas of time-management and leadership skills, more positive social development, and greater interest in community involvement.

Pleckgate’s extracurricular offer provides additional opportunities for pupils to develop as rounded individuals, in line with the values of Pleckgate High School: Aspire and Believe, Act and Succeed.

Extracurricular activities are in addition to the taught Personal Development curriculum and offer flexible enrichment opportunities that allow us to respond to the needs of our pupils and build upon the taught curriculum.

In practice this means:

  • There are opportunities for pupils to develop an awareness of, and respect for, themselves and others.
  • Supporting the development of positive self-esteem, which will help pupils to cope with the challenges of personal growth.
  • The wide range of activities enable pupils to be aware of the personal choices they can make and prepares them to make responsible decisions.
  • Extracurricular activities help pupils to explore their feelings and emotions and promote confidence in one’s own ability.
  • We also provide chances for pupils to explore and question their own thoughts and feelings.
  • We give pupils the opportunity to engage with employers and further education providers to ensure future generations will benefit from quality, meaningful interactions that help them understand the links between courses, skills and the pathways they open up

We actively promote the extensive personal development of our pupils. Our pupils have access to a wide, rich set of experiences. Opportunities for pupils to develop their talents and interests are of exceptional quality and there is a strong take-up by pupils of the opportunities provided.

“Many pupils appreciate the breadth of additional opportunities they can get involved in. These pupils are keen to participate in sporting, performance and other activities to develop new skills and support the development of their character”

Ofsted 2023

Ofsted Outstanding Provider
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