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Enrichment++ Timetable:

Day Enrichment++ Start Year Group
Monday Games and Programming Club Lunchtime All Year Groups
School Production After School All Year Groups
Book Club After School Year 7 / 8 / 9
Topical Talk After School Year 7 / 8 / 9
Science Club After School All Year Groups
Gymnastics After School All Year Groups
KS3 Football After School Year 7 / 8 / 9
Volleyball After School Year 7 / 8 / 9
KS4 Art & Technology Club After School Year 10 / 11
Board Games After School All Year Groups
Home Learning Club After School All Year Groups
Tuesday Home Learning Club After School All Year Groups
Music Production Club After School All Year Groups
Wednesday Basketball After School All Year Groups
Latin Rhythms After School All Year Groups
Cheerleading/Dance After School All Year Groups
Rugby After School All Year Groups
KS3 Art Club After School Year 7 / 8 / 9
Horrible Histories Club After School Year 7 / 8 / 9
Band Club After School All Year Groups
Home Learning Club After School All Year Groups
Thursday Year 8 Rowing After School Year 8
Creative Writing After School All Year Groups
KS4 Football After School Year 10 / 11
School Production After School All Year Groups
Elite Debate Club After School Year 7 / 8 / 9 / 10
Chess Club After School All Year Groups
Volleyball After School All Year Groups
Year 7 Bake Off After School Year 7
Maths Circles After School Invite Only
KS4 Art & Technology Club After School Year 10 / 11
Mandarin Chinese After School Year 7 / 8 / 9
Home Learning Club After School All Year Groups
Friday Year 7 Rowing After School Year 7
Karate After School All Year Groups

Within The GORSE Academies Trust we are passionate about, what we call, Enrichment++. Enrichment++ is the experience that students have outside of the classroom; these enrichment opportunities allow students to socialise with students and create new friendships, whilst also having a positive influence on self-esteem, well-being and confidence.

At John Smeaton Academy we offer a rich and varied Enrichment++ programme including students having the opportunity to participate in the trust’s BIG 3, The Trinidad Legacy and GORSE debating in addition to the more ‘traditional’ activities such as Art, charity and community work, Debating, Dance, Drama, Music, Sport and Technology.

We encourage all students to participate in a minimum of one extra-curricular club per week in order to support their progress and engagement with learning.

The GORSE Academies Trust’s BIG 3:

On 25 May 2000 Nelson Mandela said: “Sport has the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does.”

Sir John Townsley and the professionals within The GORSE Academies Trust believe that sport plays an integral role in the development of all young people. It leads to improved fitness, health and well-being, concentration span, attitude and academic achievement. Most importantly, however, we believe sport can give our young people experiences they would not otherwise have.

In order to enable our young people to experience the most wide-ranging opportunities possible, we run the “BIG 3” programme.  These are three sports – Rowing, Volleyball and Karate – which we believe contribute to this trust wide focus on improving the lives of the students in our care.  These sports offer students with different skills and natural abilities, the opportunity to try something completely different and to rise to the very top of their sport as young athletes.  

The Trinidad Legacy

Embedded across all Academies within the GORSE Academies Trust, The Trinidad Legacy aims to establish an understanding of the environment, climate change and our impact on the world amongst students and colleagues. In 2017, students from The Ruth Gorse Academy took 40 students on a once in a lifetime trip to Trinidad. This expedition has inspired projects across the GORSE academies trust, including new and exciting expeditions for students at the John Smeaton Academy and others to visit the country. Here they will learn about the environment, climate change, different cultures as well as local wildlife and plants. You can learn more about the legacy projects here.

Peripatetic Lessons

At John Smeaton Academy we are pleased to offer a selection of instrumental lessons to all students taught by experienced, professional, musicians. These lessons are of extremely high quality and are at a heavily subsidised rate.