Super Curricular & Extra Curricular Activities
Our teaching staff lead an interesting and varied programme of super-curricular (that is, subject related) activities. This includes working with well-regarded universities to host lectures from academics at the Academy, attending events and conferences in London and beyond and engaging with the most up to date literature and thinking in each subject. Our subject societies regularly give students the opportunity to participate in events such as Science Week or alumni talks. There are regular trips to London’s world-leading theatrical productions and art galleries, and students compete, and succeed, in national arts competitions such as ARTiculate. Our links to industry are strong and constantly growing, with students able to secure work experience, visits and mentoring at legal and financial firms in the city.
Extra-curricular activities are a significant part of student life in the Sixth Form. This is underpinned by our highly competitive house system and indeed the Sixth Form inter-house events are some of the most popular and hard-fought competitions across the Academy. Early highlights in the calendar include inter-house dodgeball and the Great Ashcroft Bake Off, which take place during the first half-term of the year. It is unusual to find a student who has not participated in one of these competitions and more often we find our students have been involved in both. Our popular series of Friday afternoon events and competitions is complemented by an array of external opportunities open to students. In recent years, this has included visits to Poland, Morocco, Iceland, Paris and Kenya, for example. We also offer specialist PE facilities, which include a fitness suite with resistance and aerobic machines, freestanding weights and a full size flood-lit astroturf pitch.