Extra Curricular

vale14At The Vale we offer a wide range of activities and visits to cater for all tastes and interests, some activities are held during lunch time although many take place after 3.20pm. Our aim is to provide our students with supplementary and additional learning experiences which enrich knowledge, improve skills and build self esteem. We believe that these kinds of activities encourage young people to make their own choices about learning and that this will foster in them the belief that learning is an activity for life. Below is just a flavour of some of the activities we offer:

Board games and puzzles; ‘Mathletics’ lunchtime sessions; participation in National Mathematics Challenges.

Visit to Stratford at KS3 and KS4; workshops from visiting poets and writers; poetry and short story writing competitions; London Theatre Visit for Year 8.

Film club; The Vale Views production team and the photography club.

Horrible Histories Club; KS4 Movie Club; Archeology Group.


Modern Foreign Languages
Visit to Barcelona.

Art and Design
Art club; opportunities to work with artists and designers.

Young Engineers; Enterprise Challenge; cookery club; textiles club.

Rehearsals for academy productions at various points throughout the year; visiting theatre companies and workshops; Pantomime visit for Year 7; London Theatre visit KS4.

Woodwind ensemble; string ensemble; brass ensemble; junior brass ensemble; samba band; belleplates ensemble; rock bands; steel pans; Gigajam club; choir; chamber choir; concert band/orchestra; lads’ vocal group; folk group; Music Tour to France.

Netball; football; cross-country; rounders; cheerleading; hockey; rugby; athletics; cricket; basketball; aerobics; trampolining; badminton; table-tennis. Full details of this terms activities are available from the file at the bottom of this page.

Lunchtime and after-academy clubs.

Residential field trip to Gibraltar Point; World Wise quiz.

‘Space Circus’; visits to the Deep and Corus; visiting speakers; ecology field trips; first aid training.

Ski Trip
Our annual ski trip to Courmayeur, Italy, is always popular.

Outward Bound, Ullswater

A weekend outward bound course for Y11/12/13 sudents.

Inter-House Activities
Numerous inter-house activities take place throughout the year, including Sports Day.


A four week expedition working in local communities in Borneo; this is available to Year 11 & Sixth Form students.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Students have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.