Children from Year 3 and above can stay after school to take part in a number of activities. These vary according to the time of year and the commitments of the staff. Volunteers from the community can also run some activities, and we are always pleased to hear from parents who would like to help.
The programme is always changing. When a new club is about to begin, letters will be sent home to the relevant year group. Parents/carers will need to complete a permission slip if their child would like to attend the club. A note is put onto the school newsletter to show which letters have gone out and to which year groups during that week.
The school promotes children’s involvement in sports coaching arranged locally. Friendly and league fixtures and tournaments for various sports provide team experience, as does participation in cross-country running and District athletics competitions. Please see the Sports tab on the website for details. Members of staff often arrange visits throughout the year to local sporting events.
Children in Key Stage 2 receive a 10 week block of swimming lessons in each year. These are held during the school day at Brackley Swimming Pool and the children are taught in ability groups, working towards various stages and certificates which are presented in assembly at the end of the relevant term. Letters will be sent home with further information prior to your child’s class beginning their block of lessons. Usually Year 5 swim in the Autumn term, two of the Year 3/4 classes swim in the Spring and the last Year 3/4 class with some selected Year 2s will swim in the Summer term.
During the school day limited places are available for musical instrument lessons. These are provided by County music teachers who come into school. Lessons are usually in pairs or small groups and cost £62.50 per term. A notice is put into the weekly school newsletter when places are available.
A residential visit is organised for children in Year 4 where they stay away locally for two nights and again in Year 6 when they stay away for four nights. This enables them to take part in field study and outdoor activities, and to provide opportunities for social experience and learning not available in the normal school day. Please see the separate tab for Visits at the top of this site for more information on our residentials.
This council comprises of two children selected from each class and two members of staff. Meetings are held regularly and provide the children with the opportunity to voice their views about the school and to have a role in deciding how best to improve the school environment. Their contributions are valued as an important part of the school community. The first project was to work closely with the Parents’ Association to install the play equipment on the field. Again, please see the separate Extra Curricular tab at the top of this site for more information.
Charging for School Activities
Most activities that the children take part in during school hours are free. A charge may, however, be made for:
- Travel, board and lodging and specialist instruction on residential visits
- Materials used in school where the parent wishes to keep the end product
- Activities organised by a third party
- Some activities outside school hours
- Tuition during school hours on certain types of instrument
For some activities parents are asked for a voluntary contribution towards the cost. This is usually for educational visits in connection with a part of the curriculum children are studying. We see such visits as an important part of the child’s experiences. No child is treated differently from any other whether or not a contribution has been made, but it may sometimes be necessary to cancel an activity if there are insufficient funds. For full details please refer to the school Charging Policy which is on the Policies page.