Extended Day & Extra-Curricular activities
The extra-curricular activities offered at Pimlico Academy enrich the lives of our students and complement their academic studies. Widening our pupils' horizons is fundamental to our ethos.
The extended day
We operate an extended day, starting with early morning breakfast clubs and finishing with after-school homework support, intervention lessons and a huge range of sporting, musical, creative and academic clubs: rowing, jazz, steel pans, creative writing, basketball, debating, cookery... Clubs are run by teaching staff who continue to invest time in our students beyond the classroom.
We have a compulsory extended day for our Year 7 students, requiring their attendance in school until 4.05pm from Monday to Thursday. This longer day enables us to ensure that all students are achieving their academic potential, are learning a musical instrument, are exercising regularly and are widening their horizons through a range of extra-curricular activities.
Trips, Visits and Summer Schools
Students at Pimlico Academy have the opportunity to participate in overseas trips that support and enhance their studies. For example, groups have recently visited Paris, Kenya, Rome and Barcelona.
Residential trips in the UK include stays in the Brecon Beacons, at Jamie’s Farm (which helps children to flourish in education, at home and in the community), and a residential in Surrey with Wildchild.
Pimlico Academy also makes full use of its London location: ‘Passport Days’ are an opportunity for students to embrace London’s cultural scene, with museum trips, theatre workshops and gallery visits.
During each holiday, the inclusion team runs holiday activities for students who are at risk of disengagement. They are designed to boost confidence and self-esteem, as well as to develop the social skills of our most vulnerable students. Students participate in a combination of historical, cultural and sports-based activities in and around London. There are also specific courses that focus on English and maths for Key Stage 4 students.
Pimlico Academy is affiliated with First Story, a charity that aims to foster literacy, creativity and talent in young people. Published writers lead after-school workshops in the Academy, culminating in a published anthology.
BBC School Report
This year we have included BBC School Report within our new extended day programme. Students use it as a way of exploring the key theme of Communication, and have explored areas such as the different media types of news, how to check sources, and what is news.
Students then use these lessons to create news articles and stories, of areas of interest to them, or a current news article/ story they feel passionately about, such as plastics in the ocean. These develop key skills associated with their area of communication.