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At Ockbrook School, we provide an enormous variety of extra-curricular activities in order to develop a diverse range of life skills. We feel that our students should feel rewarded in their endeavours outside the academic curriculum, and so our extra-curricular activities are designed to challenge, to stimulate and to develop.
Clubs and societies range from Strategy Games Club to the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, from Creative Writing to Young Enterprise.
The school also takes a keen interest in sport and music, and the school’s house system encourages competitive thinking in a friendly environment. All the extra-curricular activities available to our students are provided as a way of improving the quality of their experience at Ockbrook School and are designed to equip them with the life skills they will value and take forward into their future endeavours.
All students throughout the Senior School are encouraged to participate in Art Club which offers an opportunity for students to work alongside each other in a lively and dynamic environment, developing their skills in team work and improving their confidence and social skills. Students can seek individual support and extra guidance with class or homework tasks and often attend regularly to extend their coursework for their GCSE or A Level examination work.
Above all, participation in this extra-curricular activity gives students the opportunity to experience and explore a new interest.
The Drama Department invite audiences to various performances throughout the year. Full scale musicals such as ‘Annie’ and ‘Oliver!’ utilise the skills of our performers, musicians, dancers and singers and often involve Primary students too. School plays are usually smaller-scale, and students work within similar year groups. We take work to the Derby Arts Festival and Derby Theatre (as part of the National Theatre Connections programme) to compete and perform on a professional stage. Our GCSE and A Level performance work is also shared with family and friends as part of public evening performances.
Older students may work as Assistant Directors for school shows and all students are welcome to be a part of the backstage team, work on the lighting desk, in set design and painting or as a stage manager, for example.
Students can study for and take public examinations in Verse and Prose, Reading for Performance and Acting, as examined by the prestigious London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA).
Our results are consistently outstanding and our candidates achieve Distinction and Merit awards at all levels. Most students continue these exams right through until grade eight (The Gold Medals), therefore gaining useful UCAS points before they even finish their A Levels.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is available to students in school from Year 9. It is “a voluntary non-competitive programme of practical, cultural and adventurous activities designed to support the social development of young people aged 14-25”. It offers an individual challenge and encourages young people to undertake exciting, constructive, challenging and enjoyable activities.
There are three separate Awards – Bronze, Silver and Gold with different minimum starting ages and periods of participation. At each level there are four sections:
Volunteering – to encourage service to individuals and the community Skills – to encourage the discovery and development of personal interests and social and practical skills Physical Recreation – to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity Expeditions – to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery.
We are very proud of our musical traditions at Ockbrook School. A good proportion of our students take individual instrumental and singing lessons within school. These are taught by our team of six specialist staff.
There are may opportunities to make music with others at lunchtimes and after school. This includes:
-Chamber Choir (by audition)
-Music Theory Club.
Our overseas expeditions started in 2002 when students from Year 11 and the Sixth Form went to Belize, Central America. This was followed by equally successful expeditions to Uganda (2004), Ecuador (2006), Botswana and Zambia (2008), Borneo (2010), India (2012) and Nepal (2016). An expedition to India is planned for 2018.
Each three week expedition follows 18 months of preparation and planning by all team members which involves raising funds to take part as well as researching and planning the itinerary. The expeditions involve several phases including a challenging trek and a conservation or community project. Whilst on the expedition, team members develop their leadership and teamwork skills by taking it in turns to lead the group, as well as rotating other roles, for example taking responsibility for organising the transport, food or accommodation.
In the Senior School sports clubs and teams run throughout Years 7 – 13. Cricket, netball, hockey, athletics, tennis, rounders, cross country, football and dance are just a selection of activities offered by our expert staff at lunchtimes and after school. Regular competition with other schools take place.
The PE Department organises a bi-annual skiing trip; in the past we have visited Jasper, Banff, Lake Louise, Stowe (USA) and Austria.
Young Enterprise is the United Kingdom’s largest business and enterprise education charity. Young Enterprise’s mission statement is “to inspire and equip young people to learn and succeed through enterprise.” Its guiding principle is to do this through “learning by doing”.
Latest independent research from Kingston University Business School in 2012 found that alumni of Young Enterprise Company and Start-up programmes were almost twice as likely to set up businesses later in life.
Our students take part in an eye opening experience as they take on the role of a small business, sharing the real-life experiences of a volunteer from a local company. Our student businesses have enjoyed considerable success, winning local and regional heats, as well as competing at a national level.