At St Thomas a Becket Catholic School extra-curricular and enrichment activities play an essential part in enhancing the educational experience of all our students. We are committed to developing the whole child as part of our school ethos… ‘Esse quam videri’ the Latin phrase meaning ‘To be, rather than to seem to be.’

We aim to nurture inquisitive and engaged learners who have a thirst for knowledge, and a restless approach to school life who are not passive within our community. We promote and value not just academic achievement, but student involvement, enthusiasm and personal development.

During this CoVid period, our Enrichment offer is limited by our risk assessment.

However please see below for our more regular offer to which we will return in style once times allow:

Our Clubs vary from term to term and year to year, but please see below a selection of regular enrichment opportunities:

PE and Sports:

  • RUGBY (clubs and teams)
  • NETBALL (clubs and teams – again competing and winning at regional level)
  • CYCLING (clubs and teams – again winning at regional Level)
  • ATHLETICS (competing at district, regional and national level)
  • GYM SESSIONS for different groups and cohorts

Music and Drama:

  • An annual large scale production – recent years have seen fantastic productions of “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Hairspray”, “Les Miserables”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “The Lion King”
  • We host the regional MUSIC FOR YOUTH FESTIVAL and enter groups every year, regularly winning places at the National Festival in Birmingham
  • Our Orchestra and Band play at our Masses, Carol Services and other celebrations where our Massed Choir also performs
  • We annually have groups of all types in the Wakefield Music events
  • Drama Clubs for different groups
  • Dance Clubs – again competing at regional level

Other Clubs:

  • Art Club
  • Chess

Duke of Edinburgh Award:

We routinely support around a third of each year 10 cohort to achieving Duke of Edinburgh Bornze, with Mrs Webb leading the provision and a large number of staff supporting the expeditions. Some of these then choose to begin their Silver Award with us an d complete in Year 12 or 13 at thei chosen destination. More recently, we have entered the whole cohort and those who do not complete the Bronze Award before the end of Year 11 are able to continue at most colleges.

Examples of regular and recent trips:

  • Lourdes Pilgrimage – we send one of the biggest groups of Year 10 pupils in the Diocese each year, despite being one of the smaller schools and even then, we are oversubscribed and have to use a selection process
  • FLAME – a youth worship event at Wembley
  • Walsingham as part of the Diocesan Pilgrimage
  • World War One Battlefields – History and Poetry
  • Auschwitz and Poland – History and Politics
  • Harry Potter World (a Literacy and Reading focused trip for younger pupils)
  • Food trips to work with famous chefs – last year we went to Paris and the pupils cooked in a famous hotel
  • Rome – a Latin focused trip
  • Iceland – Geography focus
  • The Ardeche – a summer water sports trip for all ages
  • Skiing in the Alps

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