We offer a range of after school clubs which are open to all pupils. Our performing arts club is extremely popular and produces two school productions each year. We have a STEM club, a wide range of sports clubs and activities before and after school, a cookery club and a creative writing group.
We offer a range of educational visits to places such as The Deep, Magna and Careers fairs, as well as rewards trips to venues chosen by the pupils. We have a residential to Homerton College, University of Cambridge for our most able Year 11 pupils and also encourage Year 10 to participate in university summer camps. We regularly run a ski trip to Austria and a cultural trip to Paris.
As an academy in an Opportunity Area we have also been able to access enrichment offers from external providers and ran Level 1 Dance Leaders and Level 1 Sport Leaders courses during holidays in the last academic year.
At De Warenne Academy we offer a wealth of extra-curricular activities available for students both during the school day and outside of their school day. These include; sport, shepherding and drama.
The De Warenne Academy Council provides an opportunity for pupils to have their views heard and influence decisions made which impact upon them, their education and their community. They form an integral part of the communication between their peers and the Academy leadership team, allowing them to express and represent the views of each and every pupil. In addition, Academy Council representatives are empowered to take a leading role in organising a number of events throughout the academic year such as:
- Fundraising for The Children’s Air Ambulance (The chosen charity for Delta Academies Trust)
- Additional fundraising for community projects
- Listening & recording students’ views and sharing these at meetings
- Feeding back to the wider Academy progress from council meetings
- Supporting and being involved in assemblies and presentations for pupils
- Representing pupils as part of the interview panel for teacher & support staff recruitment
- Representing the Academy at local events
This year the logistics of putting together a council have been challenged by the need to keep pupils and staff safe within the year group bubbles however, the council members have not been deterred!
All pupils have the opportunity at the beginning of each academic year to apply for a position on the Academy Council. Each application is supported by a reference from a member of staff and pupils are encouraged to apply from Year 7 through to Year 10 so that representation is inclusive. Year 11 are included in the communication process, however due to their final year commitments do not attend formal meetings.
This year due to current circumstances all applicants were set a challenge to further support their application. Applicants were tasked with taking ownership of The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal Collection. They took responsibility for selling the poppies on a rota and collecting and returning collection boxes to the office. This initial challenge raised £330.
The current academy council is made up of 14 students both male and female and represented over the year groups. They meet each Tuesday at 2.30pm for one hour and discuss ideas for fundraising events and events that could support the community wellbeing. They are so committed that even during the lockdown weeks we meet online through Teams meetings and discuss ideas for the future. In the Autumn term the Academy Council raised over £1600 in total for The Royal British Legion, Leukaemia UK, the NHS and the Children’s Air Ambulance.
The Eco-Committee was established in October 2020, and is headed up by Miss Carr, Teacher of Science, but very much driven by our keen committee members from a range of year groups (some of whom are pictured below). Here at De Warenne, we aim to create a generation of young people who are socially and environmentally responsible, and we have been impressed with our pupils’ response.
Our two main foci from the outset were to achieve Green Flag status as an eco-school, and to go plastic-free.
We have introduced plastic-free Fridays, and every pupil in school has a reusable water bottle which has gone a long way to tackling our goals for a plastic-free life! We also hold regular assemblies on recycling and other topical environmental issues, in addition to keeping the wider school community informed through our Eco noticeboard.
The first step on our Eco-Schools journey was Bronze status. The committee conducted an environmental survey of De Warenne, and selected three areas for action: global citizenship, waste, and school grounds. We partnered with Mrs Nadin & the Academy council to fundraise for local charities, we have learned about different cultures; set up a scheme to recycle our food waste more efficiently and re-labelled our recycling bins. We have also begun to set up an allotment to provide food, habitat for wildlife, and a relaxing community space within school grounds (although construction is currently paused due to lockdown!).
In June 2021 we achieved the prestigious Green Flag status, achieved by only 25% of schools to date!
The Year 8 Pledges Programme was launched in October 2020 and has been designed to encourage pupils to further their involvement with Academy life and the wider community, whilst working on key skills.
The programme consists of 8 Pledges which pupils have multiple opportunities to complete throughout the academic year. Those who successfully complete all Pledges will be invited to a rewards day in the summer to celebrate their huge successes.
Every pupil in Year 8 has a Pledge Passport and a Pledge Journal. Once a pupil completes a Pledge, they fill in the relevant section in their Journal to demonstrate the effort they have put in and reflect on the skills they have learned. On Wednesday lunchtimes pupils have the opportunity to bring along their Pledge Passport and completed Journal to the dining hall, where they receive a certificate and a stamp in their Passport.
The 8 Pledges include:
Pledge 1: Represent the Academy in a sporting, cultural, or academic event;
Pledge 2: Participate in a fundraising event;
Pledge 3: Regularly attend afterschool enrichment;
Pledge 4: Be involved with a community experience;
Pledge 5: Take part in a presentation to an audience;
Pledge 6: Help with the sustainability of the academy;
Pledge 7: Regularly offer help to staff within the academy;
Pledge 8: Consistently show kindness and courtesy to others around them.
Whilst there are opportunities to complete some of these within lessons, the majority really require pupils to go that extra mile and show a further commitment to the Academy beyond the classroom.
Pupils are actively encouraged to take part in the programme, as completing Pledges gives them additional opportunities to work on their transferrable skills which can then be utilised throughout their future. Taking part in a presentation to an audience, for example, gives pupils the opportunity to further enhance their confidence, whilst attending afterschool enrichment gives them the opportunity to develop new skills and talents. Many of the Pledges also link to various activities which regularly take place across the Academy; this year for example we have already seen many fundraising events take place which pupils were able to take part in, whilst also completing a Pledge.