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Extended Learning Opportunities

Brilliant Tutoring Programme

We currently have 36 students in Year 10 working with university tutors and PHD students through the Brilliant Tutoring Programme with the aim of accessing the highest GCSE grades.  Focusing on specially selected topics in English, Chemistry and Biology, students attend after school sessions in small groups to receive tutoring, supporting them to achieve top marks in these topics.  This is aimed at our students with a target of a 6+ at GCSE and is primarily aimed at our disadvantaged students.

Student leadership

Student Leadership roles are vital in supporting an ethos of strong community and innovation. There is wide range of opportunities for students to contribute to the development of the school and the wider community.

Students are encouraged to contribute formally and informally in a number of ways and through a variety of democratic structures. All student leadership opportunities are advertised via the student bulletin and social media. Students are able to apply for certain positions of responsibility at various stages in their school career. 

Year 7: Form Representative & School Council opportunities

Year 8: Form Representative, School Council opportunities & Student Receptionist

Year 9: Form Representative & School Council opportunities

Year 10: Form Representative, School Council opportunities and Peer Mentors

Year 11: Form Representative, School Council opportunities & Senior Students

Senior students 

Students in Year 10 are invited to submit an application to become a Senior Student. Following successful short-listing students will be interviewed by the Head of Year and Assistant Headteacher. 

Once recruited, Senior Students take a lead role in key school events demonstrating that they can communicate effectively with a wide range of stakeholders and be ambassadors for the school. Our aim is to give Senior Students the opportunity to develop key employability skills such as leadership, resilience and problem-solving, to support them with future applications and skills for college, university, apprenticeship and jobs.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme

Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is a nationally recognised scheme which encourages young adults to complete challenges, learn new skills, overcome obstacles and build confidence and resilience.  All students in year 9 and 10 have the opportunity to apply for the Duke of Edinburgh scheme.

There are three levels of the award to achieve starting with Bronze and progressing to Silver and Gold.  Each level has varying challenges and length of time to complete.

School Council 

The School Council is the voice of the student body.  Each form group has 2 representatives who are elected democratically.  Representatives from each Form meet every term with their Head of Year and agree an agenda to discuss at the whole School Council meeting.  Student representatives take the lead on deciding which topics are to be discussed and addressed and feedback to the Headteacher.  

Ambassador roles within the council include:

  • Eco Ambassador
  • LGBTQ+ Ambassador
  • Anti-Bullying Ambassador
  • Safeguarding & Wellbeing Ambassador
  • Faith, Belief and Culture Ambassador
  • Additional Needs Ambassador

Ambassador roles are open to all year groups.

Breakfast Club

The Royds Hall breakfast Club opens at 7:30am Monday to Friday during term time and is a free service. High expectations of behaviour and normal school rules will apply during Breakfast Club. 

All students attending the breakfast club will be offered a free bagel or bowl of cereal to start the day. Mellor’s, our catering team, will also offer waffles, drinks and toast, these are chargeable at the normal rate, paid for via the normal parent pay system. The free bagel /cereal offer is part funded by the National Breakfast Programme.

Students have the opportunity to talk with friends, play board games or relax before the start of the school day.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

An extensive amount of extra-curricular opportunities are available to students at break, lunchtime and after school. Please see table below.

Students are also given the opportunity, should they wish, to start their own club. With the help of our Extended Learning Coordinator, students complete a robust proposal form and receive on-going support with the running of their clubs.

Week A   Week B
Monday   Monday
Quiz Club Wellbeing Lunchtime   Quiz Club Wellbeing Lunchtime
Table Tennis  PE Lunchtime    Table Tennis  PE Lunchtime 
Girls Football 7,9,10 only  PE Lunchtime    Girls Football 7,9,10 only  PE Lunchtime 
Year 7 and 8 netball    PE Afterschool    Year 7 and 8 netball    PE Afterschool 
Dance club (Performance)  PE Afterschool    Dance club (Performance)  PE Afterschool 
All Years football training  PE Afterschool    All Years football training  PE Afterschool 
Y8 Boys Football  PE Afterschool    Y8 Boys Football  PE Afterschool 
ILC Homework & Reading  ILC Afterschool    ILC Homework & Reading  ILC Afterschool 
Y10 Art Catch up  Room 12 Afterschool    Y10 Art Catch up  Room 12 Afterschool 
Craft Club  Wellbeing Afterschool    Craft Club  Wellbeing Afterschool 
Tuesday   Tuesday
ILC Boad Games Club  ILC Afterschool    ILC Boad Games Club  ILC Afterschool 
ILC Homework & Reading  ILC Afterschool    ILC Homework & Reading  ILC Afterschool 
Year 7 & 8 Rugby PE Afterschool   Year 7 & 8 Rugby PE Afterschool
Wednesday   Wednesday
Badminton   PE Lunchtime    Badminton   PE Lunchtime 
Fitness suite   PE Lunchtime    Fitness suite   PE Lunchtime 
Y7 Maths Club Maths Lunchtime    Table Tennis 7,9,10 only  PE Lunchtime 
Table Tennis 7,9,10 only  PE Lunchtime    Netball Practice All years  PE Afterschool 
Netball Practice All years  PE Afterschool    Art Club  Room 12 Afterschool 
Art Club  Room 12 Afterschool    ILC Homework & Reading  ILC Afterschool 
Drama Club Drama Room Afterschool    Drama Club Drama Room Afterschool 
ILC Homework & Reading  ILC Afterschool    Thursday    
Thursday   Thoughtful Thursday Club Wellbeing Lunchtime
Thoughtful Thursday Club Wellbeing Lunchtime   LGBTQ+ Club Room 7 Lunchtime
Table Tennis 7,9,10 only  PE Lunchtime    Table Tennis 7,9,10 only  PE Lunchtime 
Football 8 and 10 only  PE Lunchtime    Football 8 and 10 only  PE Lunchtime 
Running Club  PE Afterschool    Running Club  PE Afterschool 
ILC Homework & Reading  ILC Afterschool    ILC Homework & Reading  ILC Afterschool 
Friday   Friday    
LGBT Club  Friday  Lunchtime    ILC Homework & Reading  ILC Afterschool 
Girls Fitness   Friday  Lunchtime         
Dodgeball/Basketball All years  Friday  Lunchtime         
ILC Homework & Reading  ILC Afterschool