Extended schools are activities that take place out of school hours.
Extended school activities allow students to learn without realising they are learning! Through extended school activities we are able to offer pupils an education that the curriculum doesn’t always allow access to. All our students attend clubs voluntarily.
At The Clare School we have a range of lunchtime clubs running each day which every student in the secondary department is able to attend if they wish. There are a great mix of clubs, all teaching our students valuable new skills, developing old skills, developing co-ordination, encouraging fitness, and all the time helping to practice numeracy, literacy and communication skills.
Some activities allow school teams to thrive. For example the football team compete annually in the FITC Grand Prix competition and the table cricket team have made it to the national finals which takes place at Lords.
Tuesday night Youth Club restarted in 2015 with 10-12 members! We encourage the young people to develop their own timetable at Youth Club allowing them ownership of their time and giving them chance to make decisions. We arrange a number of different activities including, sport, cooking, dancing and music.
Saturday club is our most popular activity and is supported by approximately 25 regular members. The club is open to all students from school plus some ex-students up to the age of 25.
The Clare School have also run a summer scheme for several years now, and each year becomes more popular. Activities take place in school and out in the local community and sometimes even further including visits to the Theatre, Puppet Theatre and the seaside.
Youth Club, Saturday Club, Holiday schemes and residential visits all provide pupils and their families with valuable respite, it gives parents opportunities to spend quality time together and to spend time with other siblings. As the activities are run by school staff and are generally based at the school, parents feel comfortable and confident about their children joining clubs. Lunchtime clubs don’t provide respite but give our students who are unable to attend other clubs the opportunity to feel included and try new things.
To find out more about the current activities on offer, and to book a place, please contact the school office using the information on the contact page.
For a classic update on our Extended Schools Activities, please read this extract from our previous Extended Schools Lead, Kim Holmes:
Having had a fantastic Summer Scheme and transitioned into the Autumn term, lots of planning has been taking place to improve our Saturday Club provision and to ensure we have a more appropriate youth club programme in place. We have recruited deputy leaders to assist the current leaders during Saturday Clubs. We have also recruited leaders and deputy’s to run youth club sessions. Staff who have shown an interest are being mentored to provide them with the confidence and further skills to undertake the positions.
The Saturday club provision has been extended and we will be offering two extra sessions a year. All students from The Clare School are invited to attend. Primary and secondary students will meet on the first Saturday of each month and the 16-25 pupils and ex-pupils will meet on the 3rd Saturday of each month. We are hoping the set date each month will help families organise other respite opportunities and family activities around our sessions.
Youth club will take place on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Tuesday of each month. Primary pupils will continue to share activities with the young people that attend the Beehive after school club. Secondary students will be selecting their own activities from the ASDAN scheme “Lifeskills challenge”. There are 100’s of challenges to choose from with a large range of topics, providing fun educational activities.
Click on the link below to read the latest from our Extended Schools Lead, Abbie Robinson: