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Extra Curricular

Homework

Homework is given to all students regard it as an important part of the education process. It allows more time to be spent on learning than is provided by the lessons alone. It also trains students to study independently and gives parents a good opportunity to become involved in their children’s education. Homework will vary in extent and type according to the age and ability of the student and the subject.

In order to help students remember their Homework, they are issued with a logbook. This is also intended to be used by the form tutor and parents to help them monitor the children’s work. Parents helping students to organise themselves at home for Homework is very much appreciated.

Students who find completing Homework difficult are invited to the Academy's Homework Club which is held in the library on Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00pm to 4:15pm. Students are encouraged to use the resources of the Library and have the support of the library and OBA staff.

Sport

The Academy has superb sports facilities. We have full use of the City Council sports provision - indeed the Bushfield Sports Centre is the Academy Sports Centre. We have over 10 acres of playing fields including football, rugby and hockey pitches and track and field facilities; an all-weather floodlit pitch, a floodlit Astroturf area; tennis courts; gym, sports hall, squash courts, weights room and Planet Pulse fitness studio.

The PE staff are fully qualified to teach PE and in addition hold coaching qualifications in the following sports:

  • Trampolining
  • Gymnastics
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Table Tennis
  • Swimming
  • Badminton
  • Golf
  • Rounders

All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have 2 hours 30 minutes of PE and Dance each week.
All students in Years 10 and 11 have 1 hour 40 minutes of core PE and have the opportunity to take part in an extra curricular activity including Tenpin Bowling, Ice Skating, Pitch and Putt and Swimming.

Some students also choose to take a GCSE PE and/or Dance course (2 hours 30 minutes per week) in Key Stage 4. In addition, sports clubs and practices are run after the Academy day; Academy teams compete against local schools.

The Peterborough School Sport Partnerships are families of Secondary and Primary schools that work together to enhance the quality of sporting opportunities, through the curriculum. They often hold sports tournaments that students from the Academy can take part in. Further information can be found on thePeterborough School Sport Partnership's website.

Workshops

We welcome many professional artists and groups into Bushfield to work with our students to enrich their learning. These have included Theatre in Education Companies; ballet dancers from Sadlers Wells; stage make-up from the Key Theatre; the author Peter Corey and a local Samba musician, Fiona Lidgey.

Visits

The curriculum is enriched by students’ visits out of school to pursue their studies through investigation and exploration. For example, Geography and History field trips; visits to art galleries and science museums; theatre visits; and participating in dance presentations at the Key Theatre.

Superlearning Days

During the year Superlearning Days are arranged for all years. These provide students with the opportunity to learn in greater depth over a whole day, either specific subjects such as PSHE, Citizenship, Science and Technology, cross-curricular themes such as Native Americans or Study Skills.


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