Alongside a wide range of extra-curricular activities open to all students, ranging from our PE department’s daily programme of team events and coaching, daily breakfast clubs as well as opportunities to participate in Expressive and Performing arts events; Heworth has an ambitious co-curricular programme for Key Stage 3 students, running between 2.45 and 3.30 pm every Wednesday and Thursday.
The purpose of the co-curricular programme is to provide enrichment activities for all our students outside the main curriculum of the school, creating the opportunity for all students to maximise their Cultural capital opportunities. At Heworth, we believe that our co-curricular programme enables our students to broaden their horizons, raise their aspirations, and develop their character and resilience. It offers all students the chance to work and co-operate with others in a relaxed and fun environment, developing their social skills and enhancing their sense of well-being.
Year 9 – Duke of Edinburgh (D of E) award scheme
This will be our main focus for Year 9 students and is an opportunity open to everyone, the scheme is:
“A life-changing experience. A fun time with friends. An opportunity to discover new interests and talents. A tool to develop essential skills for life and work. A recognised mark of achievement; respected by employers”
The D of E award programme is at one of three progressive levels which, when successfully completed, leads to a Bronze, Silver, or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. Year nine students who opt to take part in this scheme will begin at Bronze level. There are 4 sections to complete at Bronze level:
- Volunteering: helping in the community or the environment
- Physical: becoming fitter
- Skills: developing new skills
- Expedition: planning, training for, and completing an expedition
No prior knowledge, skills, or ability are needed, and the award programme is open to everyone in Year Nine. The award programme is led and supervised by qualified and experienced school staff with all the skills required to run the award scheme in school.