Extra – Curricular activities refer to all of the opportunity that is offered to students outside of the regular teaching hours. SCA provides a substantial list of diverse activities that happen every afternoon after school is finished. For a full list of what is happening on each night please click here. With nearly 60 clubs on offer each week your Son/Daughter is sure to find something that suits their interest and we fully encourage them to try it out and get involved.
In order to get the most out of a students time here at SCA we encourage all students both new and existing to make use of the free opportunities that are put on. Attending a club regularly will help build knowledge, show commitment and above all be a lot of fun for the pupils. A Student who embraces and takes advantage of Extra – Curricular opportunities will make a more well-rounded University applicant as well as showing qualities desirable in future work or apprenticeships.
With a range of activities stretching from Sports based, Performing Arts as well as a number of classroom and academic based, there is opportunity to stretch and improve students knowledge and understanding in subjects that they are familiar in or try something completely new.
All weekday clubs run from the end of school (15:10) until 16:30. Pupils will be dismissed through the main reception of school and there is no formal sign up procedure pupils just arrive at the room/area detailed after school. It is the Students responsibility to let you at home know when they are staying late to avoid and worry or confusion.
Our partnership with Birmingham Hippodrome (HEN- Hippodrome Educational Network) has been an exceptional experience.
Shireland Theatre school creates two shows each year. These shows are then performed to families and Academy students. Previous shows include: Guys and Dolls, Peter Pan, Aladdin, Matilda, Mary Poppins, Hairspray and many more. By taking part in such large-scale projects students have had the opportunity to develop their personal well-being, confidence, developed tenacity, friendships and transferable skills to apply throughout everyday life.
Additionally, our partnership gives access to our students to attend professional shows at the Hippodrome and even have access to the cast where they can explore the opportunities of becoming a professional in the industry. The partnership has opened up so many opportunities for our students. It has formed a unique experience enabling our students to see world class Theatre and develop their understanding of the process and dedication required, not only to work independently but most importantly as part of a team. These experiences have led to more confidence when communicating with peers and professionals and using the support and guidance they have received to embark on ambitious career choices not only in the performing arts but in all aspects of their life.
Student voice is the regular forum that takes place each term to ensure that Student opinion is heard and responded to by the leadership of the school.
There are termly meetings that start with classroom debates in morning tutor sessions that are led by classes Tutor Reps, progress to Head of Year meeting with Year group Lead Students, make up an agenda to be discussed by the 15 members of school council and then finish with a meeting with our head students with Mr Irish to talk through student opinions on everything from how they respond best in a learning environment, things they would like to see around the Academy in order to make their time and Shireland more enjoyable and opportunities they would like in each year group.
The process means that every student opinion is heard, listened to and discussed by students for students and has been a huge success in both Students and teachers working together to create a positive learning environment.
In order to help students grow and learn the skills that will help them become the industry leaders of tomorrow there is a varied range of roles and responsibilities that can be obtained throughout the school journey.
Pupils can become a Tutor Rep where they will conduct meeting with their tutor group in obtaining student voice as well as taking part in several representative roles across the year on a year group level.
Each year group will have a Lead Rep who will work closely with the Head of Year to convey the thoughts and ideas from the entire year group and feel back responses. The Lead Rep will conduct a team of 8 Tutor Reps and be a part of whole school Student Council, offering the voice of their year group.
Head Student roles are offered from the period of Christmas in year 10 until Christmas in year 11. This is to avoid students having to take part in representative activity during the final GCSE revision period but also making sure our students who have the most experience at school get to represent the student body. These roles include Head and Deputy Head Boy and Girl as well as Chairperson of Student Council. Head students will deliver assemblies, get involved in school events, represent the school in transition primary school as well as the community.
Subject Champions and Captains are nominated students who departments have identified as those who go the extra mile and throw themselves into learning and achieving in that particular subject. This applies to all year groups and students can be nominated for more than one. These students will be offered opportunities to stretch their knowledge and represent the department in open evenings and departmental events. They will show as a role model to other students about how to engage in a particular area and embody hard work.