There is an incredibly extensive range of clubs and activities that are offered before and after school as well as at lunchtime. We encourage all students to take part in extra-curricular activities at Newstead Wood School to complement their academic studies. Not only do these activities develop skills, extend talents and build character, but research shows positive association exists between academic attainment and physical activity levels of students. It is widely acknowledged that participation in extra-curricular activities also has a positive effect on attainment and wellbeing.
Sports, Music, Debating, ICT, Languages and the Duke of Edinburgh feature very strongly in these clubs and the opportunities are extensive where all interests are catered for.
All students have the opportunity to take part in Performing Arts and Music events. There are many visits and trips locally, nationally and internationally that all students can take part in: Skiing, World Challenge, and New York. There are also numerous subject visits such as Languages trips to France, Spain and Germany, Art trips both in the UK and abroad, as well as a plethora of visits in Britain such as Year 8 Camp and Year 9 Ironbridge.
All of these are true learning and development opportunities for students – as well as great fun.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
Newstead Wood School are very pleased to offer our students the opportunity to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh's Award programme. Students can undertake all three levels of the award - Bronze, Silver and Gold within the school.
We are very lucky to have a dedicated and skilled team of Teachers, Support Staff and Volunteers who all give up a large amount of their time to allow the award to be run within the school.
Students who wish to undertake the award normally begin with doing their Bronze Award during Year 10, followed by their Silver award in Year 11 and then their Gold award during Year's 12 & 13. Students can start the award at any level as direct entrants.
More information about the DofE Programme can be found on the DofE website at www.dofe.org
For any enquires regarding the DofE Provision at Newstead Wood, please contact Mr Burgess, DofE Manager by e-mail - firstname.lastname@example.org
"The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award enables a young person to develop their mind, body and soul in a non-competitive environment. Its ability to elevate their self-confidence, skills and aspirations should never be underestimated. The whole experience will have an amazing influence on participants which will last for the rest of their life.’
(DofE Leader’s Handbook 2009)
"An expedition should be a life-changing experience: your goal is to ensure it is a positive one."
(Peter Barker, DofE Leader & Assessor, Buckinghamshire County Council)