Education outside of the classroom is a fundamental part of a students’ Cathedral experience. Cathedral Academy’s extra-curricular programme, INVOLVE, ensures that students experience a range of character and resilience building out of classroom activities. The vast range of clubs enhance our students’ interests, skills and talents outside of the usual curriculum; there’s something for everyone to get involved in.
Activities range from Sports including Football, Rugby and Netball, Creative activities including Clay club, Gardening club and Eco club and STEM based clubs which ask students to investigate out of this world questions such as ‘Can you survive an asteroid impact or a zombie apocalypse?’
The INVOLVE programme runs outside of the timetabled school day with students are able to attend more than one club in a week to ensure that they try new activities that stretch and challenge them. All KS3 students must take part in a minimum of one extra-curricular club each week as this is one of the criteria needed for a successful Graduation.
A student at Cathedral has access to more than a quality education in the classroom. A plethora of trips to exciting destinations from New York to France, conferences with speakers including Brian Cox and work with local businesses/ charities including the National Coal Mining Museum forms a key part of a students’ experience and compliment the school’s four core values. Students can take on a position of responsibility as a student ambassador and lead on an initiative that is rolled out across the school which has included mental health awareness and LGBT awareness week. Head Boy and Head Girl are elected in Year 11 and play a key part in leading their year group in assemblies, running charity events and organising prom. All students can become volunteers and assist in the successful running of important school events such as Open Evenings, Parents’ Evenings and the annual Pensioner’s Party.
This vast array of opportunities equips our students with the necessary communication and organisation skills whilst exposing them to new experiences, developing their cultural capital.