The Bluecoat Aspley Academy is passionately committed to developing every facet of the young people in our care. We believe that while academic success of is a prime concern, we should pay equal attention to the support and development of our students’ physical, mental and spiritual potential. Our enrichment programme reflects this ethos providing opportunities for all students to explore new interests, challenge themselves and have a lot of fun.
Thursday afternoon enrichment for Years 7
Every Thursday afternoon (period 5) the normal timetable is suspended and the Year 7 students take part in enrichment activities.
At the beginning of each term students will choose the enrichment activity they wish to take part in for the two 5-week blocks of that term. Activities include sports; Basketball, Tennis, Racketball, Cricket, Athletics, Dance, Dodgeball, Fitness, Table Tennis, Urban Hockey, Football and Softball. Students can also opt for clubs such as Into Film, Film reviewers or the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Club.
During these afternoons professional coaches are invited into the academy to lead the sessions from a wide variety of organisations e.g. Nottingham Forest, Notts County Cricket Club, The National Ice Arena, The Hoods Basketball, Legends Gym, Nottingham Softball Club, England Table Tennis, Mini Motions and Matt Bradbury Sports.
The sessions will last between 1 – 1 ½ hours depending on the activity and everything is free of charge. Students are encouraged to choose a variety of options over the 6 blocks in the year.
We have a huge programme of lunch time clubs suited to all tastes and interests. These clubs are run by staff who give up their time to provide fun places to meet friends and explore new activities. The clubs include sports, STEM, arts, Christian unions, movie clubs, music clubs and much more. They are all free and members receive a membership card that entitles them to an early lunch.
A number of subject specific and general study clubs are available every week in order to enhance and support the curriculum. These clubs run at lunchtimes and after school and operate on a drop-in basis. The study clubs are there to help with class work, homework and controlled assessments, as well as to give support in areas where students may be struggling.