Grace Academy Solihull Enrichment Programme

Studies have proven that students who get involved in extra-curricular activities:

  • Have better attendance
  • Get higher exam results
  • Have better social skills
  • Get on better with staff
  • Enjoy school more
  • Are more likely to succeed in further education

Starting in 2018, we have made a change to our weekly timetable, allowing more of our students to access our enrichment programme. Previously, all enrichment activities happened after the school day was finished. This actually prevented some of our students who desperately wanted to be involved in enrichment activities from doing so, as they needed to go and collect younger siblings from primary school, or they had a longer journey home from school and parents/carers didn’t want them arriving home after dark.

In order to make enrichment available to more of our students, we decided to create an optional enrichment programme that takes place within the normal timetabled week on a Wednesday afternoon. Students who want to participate in enrichment can now do so and still fulfil their other responsibilities. This enrichment programme is in addition to all the other enrichment activities that take place during lunch time or after school on other days.

We pride ourselves on our extensive extra-curricular provision. There are many activities that take place outside the classroom across a range of interests – art, leisure, performing arts, science, sport, and technology – with most students belonging to at least one club. The activity choices change throughout the year, which encourages students to try new experiences from time-to-time.

Currently, our weekly Enrichment schedule is as follows:

Monday: 2:50pm-3:50pm

  • Academy show rehearsal
  • KS4 and senior football training
  • KS3 rugby club
  • Badminton club

Tuesday: 1:10pm-1:50pm (Lunch)

  • Keyboard club

Wednesday: 1:50pm-2:50pm (P5)

  • Frame Academy (bicycle repair)
  • Cooking and baking club
  • Book and craft club
  • Film club
  • Homework club / independent study
  • Academy show rehearsal
  • Boxing
  • Dodgeball
  • Trampolining
  • KS3 football training
  • Netball
  • Table tennis

Thursday: 1:10pm-1:50pm (Lunch)

  • Academy choir

Thursday: 2:50pm-3:50pm

  • Hockey club

Friday: 1:10pm-1:50pm (Lunch)

  • Academy show rehearsal

Friday: 2:50pm-3:50pm

  • BTEC Sport support session