Extra Curricular

At 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:

Student Leadership

The Student Leadership Team at The Vale Academy is led by the Head Boy and Head Girl and is made up of 7 senior student leaders from years 11 and 10 and 5 junior student leaders from years 7-9. To find out more please click here.


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

Visits as appropriate.

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; Theatre visits KS4.


Woodwind ensemble; string ensemble; brass ensemble; junior brass ensemble; samba band; belleplates ensemble; rock bands; taiko; 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.


Mine Craft clubs.


Residential field trips; 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.

Inter-House Activities

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

Duke of Edinburgh Award 

Students have the opportunity to participate in  The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.


The Vale Academy wider community is an essential part of our ethos. The Academy actively participates in a variety of community events and there is always community events taking place. These offer rewarding experiences for all that participate and offer enrichment opportunities for students. A flavour of the dynamic experiences the Vale Academy has promoted can be seen in our termly magazine 'Vale Views'.

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