The Blue Coat School has a variety of clubs and societies which engage students and give them opportunities to discover new interest or explore concepts outside of the curriculum.

A member of staff is responsible for each activity but we encourage students themselves to generate the ideas and drive to make each society successful.

Given the current COVID restrictions there are no extra-curricular activities taking place on site at lunch or after school, however we are hopeful that we will be able to gradually re-introduce these as the term progresses. We feel that this is of the upmost importance not only in order to re-establish routines but to support our students mental health and well-being.

 

    • Art department open for enjoyment of all or for the completion of existing artwork/coursework
    • Business leaders will be running a series of enterprises for charitable causes. They will be involved in a Christmas fair and trading day.
    • Computing club will be accessible to all students of varying age and ability.
    Computing club will encourage learners to build projects and develop their technical skills in a less formal setting. Students will be consulted with to gauge which aspects of computing the majority are interested in.
    Any external competitions will be supported during this time.
    • The Economics society run debates, talks and competitions such as a Share for Schools.
  • The Junior History Society is an apportunity for young historians to meet to study topics that are not necessarily on the school syllabus.
    There are games, videos and presentations as History prefects bring the past to life.
    The Senior Orchestra rehearses for perfromances at all school concerts and at A Level prize giving. Entry is open to students who have acheived the required grade standard.
    Concert Band features music from films, disney, rock, pop and jazz. The concert band play at formal and informal events within school and is desgined to support students with their ensemble playing and sight-reading skills.
    Jazz Band features jazz from all decades, New Orleans, Swing/Big Band, cool Jazz and jazz arrangements of popular songs. This group is desgined for students who are at a more advanced level on their instrument from grade 5 plus to support with ensemble/sight-reading skills.
    The Jazz Band performs at many formal and informal events within school.
    The Chamber Choir rehearses for performances at all school concerts and external events. Entry is open to all students in Year 8-13 and a short audition piece is required. The audition piece is the first page of Locus Iste by Bruckner or a piece of similar standard for solo voice.
    Chamber choir is for those students who wish to develop their singin beyond Senior choir in a small group context. Most memberbers of Chamber Choir undertake singing tuition.
    The senior choir rehearses for performances at all school concerts, A Level Prize Giving and external events and competitions. The choir undertake an international tour every two years.
    Entry is open to all students in Years 8-13 and a short audtion is required. The audtion piece is the first verse of Once in Royal David’s City. Audtions are held in September each year.
    The training choir rehearse for performances at all school concerts and external events. Entry is open to all students in Years 7-8 and a short audtion is required. The audtion piece is the first verse of One MOre Step Along the Road I Go and audtions are held in September each year.
    “It doesn’t matter how beautiful your theory is, it doesn’t matter how smart you are. If it doesn’t agree with experiment, it’s wrong “– Richard P. Feynman
    Debate, discussion and activities focussing on ‘Big Questions’. Topics include Should we all be vegetarian? Is there life on other planets?
    Life after death, What is love?
    Developing communication skills as well as analysis and evaluation.
    Small groups of Year 13 students will select a current topic in Physchology, the first being Criminology, and present upon selected areas.
    Discussion is encouraged.

    To create an enjoyable and productive working environment for both staff and pupils, where we strive to actively engage to learn and improve and where pupils develop physical, social and mental well-being through a Balanced Active Healthy Lifestyle.
    As a department, we aim to provide a challenging, disciplined and safe environment for high quality extra curricular activities. Students should experience a range of activities which have the necessary coherence and breadth to promote the importance of educating through the physical the holistic benefits of continued participation in physical activity.
    Through a high quality Physical Education curriculum, each student will be empowered with the knowledge, skills and understanding to make informed lifestyle choices that directly impacts upon his/her health and well-being.

 

Member of staff I/c: MC and GH

When/Where/What time does it take place: Wednesday after school in the art department.

Year group: Yr 11 – Open for Yr 13 (small cohort)

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Essential intervention for pupils who didn’t have the required materials to complete remote learning during school closure. This is now even more important as the GCSE qualification will be solely awarded from the portfolio (coursework) this year (Covid related – due to the pandemic the exam board has removed the examination aspect for 1 year from this course). Pupils need to have access to materials such as Modroc, clay, hot glue guns, caulk, sand etc for their surfaces project. This work would typically be completed at lunch times/after school due to time constraints within the subject.

Member of staff I/c: LA and KMN (DT)

When/Where/What time does it take place: THURS / NO4/ 3pm-4pm

Year group: Yr.11

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Enable intervention for Yr.11 NEA completion – Worth 50% of GCSE this academic year (Covid related – due to the pandemic the exam board has removed the practical completion requirement for 1 year from the NEA. Worth 16/100 marks approximately)

Member of staff I/c: NJE/SKB

When/Where/What time does it take place: Monday 3-3.45pm ideally in N3

Year group: 13

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Subject support year 13 biologists


Member of staff I/c: DJP/SP

When/Where/What time does it take place: Thursday 3pm-3.45pm ideally in C16

Year group: 11

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Subject support for year 11 biologists

Name of Club/Society/Student Academic Support: Year 13 Chemistry clinic

Member of staff I/c: MCM

When/Where/What time does it take place: Thursday 3pm- 3:45pm N2

Year group: 13

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Subject support for any Y13 Chemists


Name of Club/Society/Student Academic Support: Y11 Chemistry clinic

Member of staff I/c: E Roberts

When/Where/What time does it take place: Monday 3pm-3:45pm C15

Year group: Y11

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Subject support for Y11 Chemists

Name of Club/Society/Student Academic Support: English Literature

Member of staff I/c: KS

When/Where/What time does it take place: Wednesday W05 3-4PM

Year group: Y13

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Y13 English Literature Booster Club

Name of Club/Society/Student Academic Support: KS4 French

Member of staff I/c: JW (and maybe on rota with other French staff)

When/Where/What time does it take place: Wednesday 3.10pm-3.40pm C11

Year group: Year 11

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: This is a support session for under-achieving Year 11s in French. It will be an opportunity for them to receive 1-1 support and close the gap in their attainment.

Name of Club/Society/Student Academic Support: GCSE geography intervention (for students grade 6 or below).

Member of staff I/c: Liz Nock

When/Where/What time does it take place: Thursday 3:10-3:45pm. C16

Year group: Year 11

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: To help students progress from a grade 6 to a grade 7 and above. If the sessions prove to be successful, more students could be added later on in the academic year. Students will receive bespoke support to combat their personal barriers to learning in Geography, e.g. issues with longer answer questions.

Name of Club/Society/Student Academic Support: Year 11 Maths Clinic

Member of staff I/c: S. Shipgood

When/Where/What time does it take place: Venue: C16 Time: Wednesday evening

Year group: 11

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Year 11 Maths Support

Drop in clinic for students in my year 11 Maths group (with attendance made compulsory for some students.)
Purpose: – to help students address gaps in knowledge and anxiety caused by lockdown.

Name of Club/Society/Student Academic Support: Y13 Maths Intervention

Member of staff I/c: Miss E Lunney

When/Where/What time does it take place: Thursday 3pm – 4pm, W8

Year group: 13

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Weekly maths intervention for underachieving Y13 students. Staffed by Maths department on rotation.

Member of staff I/c: Simon Emery

When/Where/What time does it take place: School Chapel Wednesday 3.00pm-5.00pm

Year group: Year 13

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Choir


Member of staff I/c: Simon Emery

When/Where/What time does it take place: Dance Studio (tbc with PE once approval sought) Friday 3.00pm-5.00pm

Year group: A different Year Group bubble each week (around 10 students)

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: School Show


Member of staff I/c: Simon Emery

When/Where/What time does it take place: 3 Thursday’s in Nov/Dec

Year group: Year 12

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Year 12 Chamber Music Ensemble ( Piano, Cello, Clarinet, )

Member of staff i/c: PP, EC, JA, NDB, GS

When/Where/What time does it take place:

Monday year 10 Football PP

Wednesday year 7 Football NDB

Wednesday year 8 Football JA

Wednesday year 9 Football EC

Thursday year 11 Football GS

All training is 3pm-4.30pm

Member of staff I/c: Bernard Doherty

When/Where/What time does it take place: Thursday C12 3pm-3.40pm

Year group: Year 11

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: Physics Clinic: Selected students invited for additional support

Name of Club/Society/Student Academic Support: KS4 Spanish

Member of staff I/c: John Adamson (and maybe on rota with other Spanish staff)

When/Where/What time does it take place: Monday 3.10pm-3.40pm C11

Year group: Year 11

Brief description of the Club/Society/Support: This is a support session for under-achieving Year 11s in Spanish. It will be an opportunity for them to receive 1-1 support and close the gap in their attainment.


DaySubjectVenueYear GroupTime
MondayBiologyN3133pm-3.45pm
SpanishC11113.10pm-3.40pm
WednesdayArtArt DeptNov-133pm=4pm
FrenchC11113.10pm-3.40pm
MathsC16113pm-4pm
Music (Choir)Chapel133pm-5pm
English LitWO5133pm-4pm
ThursdayMathsW8133pm-4pm
DTNO4113pm-4pm
ChemistryC15/N2Nov-133pm-3.45pm
PhysicsC12113pm-3.40pm
BiologyC16113pm-3.45pm

The DofE award at the Blue Coat is thriving, last year a total of 272 students participated in the bronze, silver and Gold awards. Within Merseyside the Blue Coat school has the highest percentage of possible candidates taking part in the DofE award at over all three levels.

All awards are offered through school. Year 9 begin with the bronze award and then in year 10 they take on the silver. During Year 11 the students have a break while they complete their GCSEs and once they return in Year 12 they are offered the gold award.

When your child does their DofE programme they’ll develop the skills and attitudes they need to become more rounded, confident adults. Qualities that colleges, universities and employers are attracted to. So when you put your backing behind your child’s pursuit of a Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, you’re investing in valuable skills. Setting the tone for a lifetime of achievement.

You’ll see all kinds of new talents bloom in your child as they achieve their award including; self-belief, a sense of identity, initiative, a sense of responsibility, a real awareness of their strengths, new talents and abilities, the ability to learn from and give to others in the community, problem solving, presentation and communication skills, leadership and team working skills

With such high numbers we are lucky enough to have staff members that work alongside, Miss Baker, Mrs Heath, Miss Long, Mr Owens, Mr Carney and Mr Caulkin are just some of the staff members that offer their support along with Mr Lennon and Mrs Preston our associate staff.

Useful links:

https://www.dofe.org/

DofE Kit Guide

Expedition Kit List

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