We offer a fabulous enrichment programme at Luckley. We use this time to expose students to everyday events within our lives and how to deal with them. Activities such as cooking demonstrations from our head chef, how to change the wheel of your car, as well as general car maintenance, completing academic profiles to build up your CV and work experience are only a few from the list. We also attend a very thought-provoking driver awareness training session which gives a valuable insight into the dangers of driving and how to ensure your own and others’ safety when you become a driver. Every half term we enjoy a Friday Service with the rest of the school and in this time students are encouraged to reflect on themselves and others around them.
BEYOND THE CURRICULUM
The need to balance academic studies with rich and varied experiences outside the classroom is always at the forefront of our minds. Many departments arrange trips to academic lectures, conferences and theatres to complement classroom studies. Residential trips in Biology and Geography have proved very successful, as have our cultural trips to South Africa, Paris, Venice and America, to name a few.
There is a wide range of clubs and activities on offer to enable you to explore and develop your talents and passions. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Combined Cadet Forces give you the opportunity to experience outdoor adventures whilst learning some valuable life skills such as basic first aid, navigation and outdoor cooking.
Young Enterprise offers the ultimate business experience and the chance to set up and run your own company for the year. Supported by a business mentor, your company will go through the entire entrepreneurial process, from selling shares and opening a bank account, business planning, production, marketing and sales, attending trade fairs, hosting an AGM and liquidation. It gives students the chance to work as a team and develop skills which will prove invaluable at university, in the workplace and beyond! Previous companies have written and illustrated children’s books, held social events, made jewellery and produced environmentally friendly bags, decorations and cards. Success in the competition could lead to an invitation to London to visit the HQ of the Institute of Directors.
The termly RAG Week is run entirely by the Sixth Formers, who arrange a programme of lunchtime activities which engage the whole school in having fun, whilst raising valuable funds for the school’s chosen charities.
SPORT & KEEPING FIT
You will have lots of opportunities to take part in sporting activities and keep fit at Luckley. All Sixth Formers enjoy an afternoon of PE every Wednesday and in this time you can choose to play fixtures or participate in recreational activities, such as ultimate frisbee, tag rugby, climbing, trampolining or tennis. Many students also use the sports centre facilities during non-contact time, which is a great way to relieve stress and enjoy that feel-good factor for the rest of the day. We are very supportive of students who have sporting interests and talents outside of school, particularly in terms of allowing time out of lessons to compete in national competitions. Over the years we have been proud of our students’ talents in rowing, cricket, dancing, climbing, riding and karate, amongst others.
If you have a passion for drama, you can certainly express your creative talents here with our amazing new performing arts theatre. All students can take part in school productions, whether in an acting role or working behind the scenes on costumes or stage management. Regular House competitions give students the chance to display any hidden talents, such as the Christmas Cracker and Spring Musical Entertainment competitions. Optional speech and drama lessons are on offer resulting in high levels of success in Trinity examinations.
If you are musical, you will adore our state-of-the-art Music Centre, with its acoustically perfect performance hall, high tech recording studio and many practice/tuition rooms. Senior and Chamber Choirs are always looking for new members and tuition is available in both instruments and singing. Our students’ success in the Associated Board examinations is always excellent (Grades 1 – 8). The Carol Service and Spring Concert, together with more informal events such as the Christmas Cheer Concert and music masterclasses, are held throughout the year creating a rich, varied and challenging musical programme.