The range and quality of extra-curricular activities at Etonbury Academy is an area of great pride for the school and has long been one of our exceptional strengths. We believe the extra-curricular offerings play a vital part in developing the learner and person.
As cited in the ‘Extended Activity Provision in Secondary Schools’ research report there are a variety of benefits of offering extra-curricular activities. These include:
- Expanding pupils’ horizons and to allowing them to engage in activities that they might not otherwise have an opportunity to engage with outside of school.
- Improve “cultural capital”, meaning pupils’ exposure to a wide range of cultural activities, such as theatre, opera, ballet, classical music, choir, or art exhibitions, that some pupils would not commonly access.
- Increase pupils’ social capital, which school staff often referred to in relation to creating more rounded individuals with the necessary social and life skills to lead a happy and healthy life.
At ETA we encourage all pupils to get involved in extra-curricular activities, be they clubs, trips or community events as they are integral to the positive and life-affirming experience at the heart of the Academy.