Enrichment and the co-curriculum are integral to The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy.  We want our students to access the very best the opportunities, so that our young people grow in learning, skills, experience and confidence, and develop their whole self in a fully multi-cultural environment where they interact authentically with a wide range of students, and experts/coaches from the wider community.

All students take part in two timetabled co-curricular Period 6 activities per week.

All students will achieve at least one nationally accredited co-curricular qualification during their five years at the school, e.g. the Duke of Edinburgh Award; a CREST Award; national Maths or Computing Challenges, or Young Engineers; National Enterprise Project or National Citizen Scheme – “#iwill”; a grade in a musical instrument/voice; competing at a high level in a school team for sport,debating,public speaking or chess.

An electronic “passport” records student achievements and encourage them to participate in a wide range of activities and to set personal goals.

The co-curricular offer is wide-ranging, including academic activities, the arts, sport and societies which enhance the curriculum – such as language clubs, creative writing, coding club etc, and which extend the range of what is studied in class, e.g. in art, photography, media, textiles, cookery, engineering and construction. 

Saturday Morning Enrichment/Peer Tutoring

This will be available at key points in the school year for Years 10 and 11.  It will be open to all, with particular encouragement for disadvantaged students.

Use of Pupil Premium Funding for the co-curricular offer

The following are examples of how in particular, disadvantaged students, will benefit from the co-curricular offer:

  • Creation of music scholarships to enable disadvantaged students to learn to voice/play an instrument, sing/play in ensembles and bands both in school and in local, competitive brass-banding; and to develop a school choir, orchestra, band and jazz groups;
  • Ensure that all disadvantaged students complete their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award, and financially support those who move on to Silver in Years 10-11.
  • Subsidize uniform, books, trips to build cultural capital.

The Brian Clarke Church of England Academy is proud to be part of the Cranmer Education Trust

Cranmer Education Trust is a company limited by guarantee and an exempt charity registered in England. Company registration number: 07687709. Registered Office: Cranmer Education Trust, c/o The Blue Coat School, Egerton Street, Oldham OL1 3SQ. The website address is and the phone number 0161 785 5082.