At Castle Mead Academy, we believe that all scholars should have access to a wide range of opportunities to grow their skills and desired character traits so that they develop their whole self.

Therefore, all of our scholars are on a unique enrichment journey.

Castle Character Time

At the core of their journey is ‘Castle Character Time’. This is similar to an after-school club but takes place through our extended school day, on Monday and Thursday, to ensure all of our scholars access a broad range of experiences.

Scholars get to pick from a wide range of electives with something for everyone, regardless of prior experience. Scholars’ choices are guided to ensure that disadvantaged scholars in particular have access to enriching and challenging experiences. The elective activities change each term to give scholars a variety of choice and experience. This also provides staff the opportunity to share their skills and expertise from outside of school.

Each elective has three core pillars: mastery, courage and fulfilment. The intent is for all of our scholars to master a new skill, be taken out of their comfort zone and also feel immersed in their elective.

Please click the links below to see our current electives on offer.

Year 7 Elective Choices

Year 8 Elective Choices

Year 9 Elective Choices

Co- Curriculum

Furthermore, our enrichment journey complements our core curriculum through a variety of curriculum enhancing experiences and trips. The goal is to provide all of our scholars with enriching experiences which link directly to their learning in different subjects. Recent examples include historical re-enactments, a theatrical workshop on ‘The Tempest’, and a visit from 6 tropical rainforest animals.

Music Scholarships

Music scholarships are also made available to scholars, who are provided with an instrument of their choice, are given weekly peripatetic music lessons by professional teachers and practise weekly as part of our orchestra. 

CMA Cultural Enrichment Journey

All scholars at Castle Mead will achieve at least one nationally accredited co-curricular qualification during their five years at the academy, e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award, CREST Award, National Maths Challenge, National Enterprise Project or a grade in a musical instrument, and many enrichment opportunities.

We are currently in the process of mapping the range of experiences all of our scholars should have access to by the time they reach the end of KS4.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is recognition of a young person’s successful journey of self-discovery and development, renowned by employers and universities alike for the qualities young people have who’ve achieved a D of E Award.

Its balanced programme develops the whole person – mind, body and soul, in an environment of social interaction and team working.

There are three progressive levels of D of E programmes which, when successfully completed, lead to a Bronze, Silver or Gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

In order to achieve the Award participants need to complete a programme of activities in four sections that involve helping the community/environment (volunteering), becoming fitter (physical), developing new skills (skills), planning, training for and completing 2 expeditions.

With the help of DofE Leaders, participants select their own programme of activities and set themselves objectives. It’s not a competition or about being first. It’s all about self-development.

In order to achieve the Bronze Award students must attend all of the training sessions, plan and prepare for a practice expedition and complete an assessed expedition.

If you would like further information about the D of E Award please click here to go to the D of E website: http://www.dofe.org

As part of the Castle Credo, our pupils are encouraged to ‘Be Kind’. This includes being kind to their peers, but also to others outside of school through our nominated charities each year. We allow our whole school community (scholars, staff and parents) to be le by our Charity Society in deciding which charities we are going to support, and then scholars have opportunities to fundraise for these charities throughout the year. We will soon be deciding upon our charities for the 202/22 academic year.

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