The Radclyffe School has an extensive range of Student Enrichment activities were the opportunities for students to be involved before, during and after school are extremely wide. Our Student Enrichment programme helps build positive relationships and key transferable skills such as communication and leadership that are needed to thrive beyond The Radclyffe School Gates. The school tracks and records every student’s involvement in the student enrichment programme via our lesson 6 tracker allow us to celebrate students’ commitment and contribution to learning and Personal Development beyond the classroom.
Our Annual school production which is consistently sold out, including favourites such as Grease, The Wizard of Oz and Beauty and The Beast is a key student enrichment for our young people at The Radclyffe School. Students who are interested in drama, music and dance are encouraged to audition within a supportive theatrical environment. The Voice, Chess Club, Trampolining, Science Club, Cheerleading, Mathletics, Creative Writing, Proud Club, and Indoor Climbing are just some of the Student Enrichment choices that are available to participate in.
Students can check out the Student Enrichment Programme and speak to the member of staff running the session should they wish to attend.
If there is not a Student Enrichment Programme running that you wish to be running, you can submit your request to Miss Parkinson via email: KParkinson@theradclyffeschool.co.uk or alternatively visit the Personal Development hub
Student Enrichment Reports
Our Year 7 - 10 Students most recently got the opportunity to explore a world in politics. Our students heading down to London via the train straight to Buckingham Palace. Following on from Buckingham Palace our students visited Number 10 Downing Street where they experienced what it would be like to be the next Prime Minister. The day didn't stop there, our students then headed to the Westminster watching live debates in both the House of Commons and House of Lords followed by their very own debate workshop.
Our Year 7 - 10 Students got the opportunity to attend The Lowry to watch the hit musical 'Everyone's talking about Jamie'. This was a fantastic opportunity for our students to engage explore the Arts and Culture. The performance included InGenius and modern choreography, overall, a phenomenal production.
On Wednesday 8th February, 8 of our students from years 7 to 10 competed in The Rotary Club Young Chef competition. Students had a budget of £15 to plan and create a two course meal to for two in just 1 and a half hours. Students were awarded points on time management, use of ingredients, cooking skills as well as taste and presentation. The students were AMAZING as always and the judges had a difficult time deciding the winner.
The winning students were;
3rd place – Maniyah Saleem Yr 10
2nd place – Maria Sheikh Yr 9
1st place – Adi Yusuf Yr 8
Maria and Adi will go through and compete in the next round against other schools in our area to win a place in the district final of Greater Manchester.
Our Year 10 students have been exploring their options today at the UK University and Apprenticeship Fair.
They were provided with the opportunity to attend seminars on higher degree apprenticeships and university courses. Our students applied themselves throughout the day, engaging with providers and taking part in the activities. In addition to our current students, the police officer in the bottom right of the photo's is one of our past students who left in 1995!
The Radclyffe Netball teams plus a few other students that have a high attitude to learning went to watch the England Netball team play Jamaica in the International Series. England were behind in the first two quarters but brought it back in the final quarter. The girls loved going to watch the match and they were polite, respectful and well behaved at all times. They said thank you for taking and organising the trip and students were asking when can we go again, saying how good it was and looking up the next fixtures. Another student said it was one of the best nights of her life, whilst another said I love that GA, and when told who she was, said I want to be like her one day.
On Tuesday 10th January 2023, we welcome the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain into school for our ‘Play the School’ event. Students across the school worked alongside NYO musicians in a variety of way including creative workshops developing Musical confidence and creativity, workshops creating music based around the 5 Respects and even Dance workshops where our students choreographed pieces whilst musicians performed live.
Students were treated to live performances at break and lunch times as well as witnessing a group of touring musicians visiting lessons throughout the day all culminating in a performance to Year 7 in the assembly hall which was livestreamed to the rest of the school during P5.
In addition, KS4 photography students captured the events of the day and managed the media strategy for the event whilst Year 10 musicians learned about project management, stage management and developed a deep understanding of those all-important off-stage careers within the Music Industry.
It was a fantastic day for the entire school and one that students and staff will remember for a long time to come.
On the 13th December, our wonderful Year 10 French students took part in a trip to the Manchester Christmas markets at Exchange Square and St Ann’s Square. The students were able to sample goods from the market stalls and work together with their peers to complete challenges. They were given the task of finding different products and cuisines from around the world (from Germany and France to Brazil and beyond) and they even had the chance to speak French to stall-holders. It was great to see them apply their knowledge to the real world and they behaved impeccably. We can’t wait for next year’s trip!
Some students attended a ten pin bowling competition at Sandbrook park Rochdale. It was an excellent competition which the students really enjoyed. They still were talking about it days after. We had a number of students get strikes and spares. One student had never bowled before and got over 100 points which is fantastic! It was a great competition in which everyone received a medal and certificate. A great time was has by all.
At The Radclyffe School we have a fantastic school Charity team. Throughout the year the team meet to organise and plan various charity events, Children in Need, Comic Relief, Anti-Bullying week are a few examples of the events and charities we support and get behind.
A charity event not only raises vital funds for much needed charities, but it also injects a sense of fun, togetherness and belonging to our staff and students. The most recent event was Children In Need where our school raised a total of £606.21! WE even had a special guest visit us… Pudsey Bear!
At the beginning of November 150 year 10 students took part in an outbound Photography day to Media City in Salford Quays. The students had the opportunity to learn to apply their photography skills in a real environment, focusing on the modern. reflective architecture. The students were an absolute credit to the school and the photographs produced were of world class quality. Year 10 also had the opportunity to be inspired by the local landscape and changing architecture of Manchester and Salford with particular focus on the area of Media City and the BBC. As a changing, modern, fast paced and growing city the students could then become aware of the potential career opportunities that do not have to stray far from home!
This years Anti Bullying Theme was 'Reach out'. Our TRS Anti Bullying Ambassadors delivered assemblies to Year 7 - Year 11 exploring what behaviour is classed as bullying and how they can contribute to creating a safe and inclusive environment at TRS based on how they choose to behave to one another. Our Anti Bullying Ambassadors placed an emphasis on the importance of being respectful and kind to one another at all times. In addition to this, they also shared advice on what to do should they see, hear or experience bullying at TRS, encouraging all students to reach out to their PLG, Year Manager or any member of staff to prevent and stop bullying.
To support our Careers Programme and to contribute towards supporting our students to be ambitious, our Year 7, 8 and 9 students took part in BBC SHARE YOUR STORY. The storytellers that visited were Melanie Stewart and Lucy Gilder. Here is a short summary of what they spoke about: Melanie Stewart is a journalist with Breakfast TV. Melanie spoke about her experience growing up as a person of colour and how she has built a career combining science education and journalism. Lucy Gilder is a Home and Social Affairs Researcher and spoke about how she suffers with anxiety and low self-esteem and how she deals with that. Both talks were inspirational and really emphasised the importance of self-belief and that everyone can achieve!
Our Year 10 and Year 11 Business and Enterprise students recently took part in a workshop gaining and understanding of what employability skills are required to succeed in Business and Enterprise. Students formed teams to create their own product and pitched their product identifying their unique selling point and branding. The broad objectives of this fantastic opportunity have been to:
- Link our Business and Enterprise curriculum with careers
- Broaden students' knowledge in Careers
- Encourage development of key employability skills
Intra School Competitions take place at the end of each half term. The classes compete in the sport they have been performing in that half term in the penultimate week within their classes. These students plus any other students that are performing with excellence get invited to compete against the other classes in their year group. These competitions take place in the final week and are well attended. Students have the opportunity to compete against classes in the other half of the year group which they wouldn’t normally. It is an excellent opportunity for students to compete against students of a similar ability, develop their skills and enjoy sport!
Over the past 2 weeks our year 10 and year 11 sport studies students have visited Old Trafford and the Etihad stadiums as part of their learning. During the visit students learned about what happens on a match day and had a behind the scenes look at the work that goes into hosting thousands of spectators on a weekly basis. Students also took part in an educational workshop at Old Trafford which focused on the nutritional needs of professional footballers.
The broad focus of this visit was to develop students’ knowledge of:
- The different user groups who attend major sporting facilities.
- How stadiums are accessible to a broad range of user groups.
- The barriers clubs have had to overcome to provide a positive matchday experience to fans.
- Modern developments in stadiums such as safe standing.
- Initiatives clubs have developed to encourage participation.
- Career opportunities in sport such as in the media, catering and ground staff.
- How clubs meet the needs of players form a wide range of backgrounds and nationalities.
On the 26th September, 300 year 7 students made the trip to Waddow Hall, in the beautiful Ribble Valley near Clitheroe. We had a fantastic day out completing a variety of team building activities, such as bushcraft, abseiling, orienteering and nightline. Students learnt how to work together in order to achieve a goal, and had lots of fun whilst learning new skills.
We were also blessed with amazing weather which made the whole experience even better, and many students (and staff!) got to try out the famous grass sledges!
At The Radclyffe School believe it is important to support all of our Young People in making an informed choice about their next steps. Taking this into consideration we provide a range of opportunities throughout the school year for our young people to interact with Post 16 providers and employers to find out more information about what course they offer from Apprenticeships, T Levels and A Levels. Students also gain the opportunity to find more information about the different sectors and gain an understanding of why transferable skills that are developed through their curriculum are important for them to go on beyond The Radclyffe School and thrive. Our students have gone away with a range of different information to share with their parents and carers and support them on their next steps.
Having applied for and received some funding through Curious Minds, six students from The Radclyffe School, Oldham, have started working together to create a glass and metal sculpture that will be displayed in the grounds of the school. The students have received their initial training in glassblowing by professional Jess Davids and now better understand what can be achieved in their sculpture. Over the coming weeks they will be working together to design the components that will make up a sculpture for the school site. They will then under close supervision and guidance of a trained glassblower and blacksmith produce their sculpture.
The broad objectives of this exciting extra -curricular opportunity have been to:
- Introduce students to working with glass and metal.
- Broaden students' knowledge in careers in the Art/Creative industries.
- Encourage collaboration.
- Encourage multi-disciplinary practices.
- Student personal development.
- Gain skills in project management.