Wider Opportunities at Coal Clough Academy

We truly believe in a holistic approach to education at Coal Clough Academy, encouraging and inspiring all our students to explore a wide range of extra-curricular interests and helping them to develop their individuality, their way. 

Our school ethos aims to produce individuals who are well-rounded and able to meet the challenges of life and feel strongly that personal development is greatly enhanced by the challenge of a wide-ranging extra-curricular programme across all sections of the school.

We are proud to offer an extensive extra-curricular programme that provides opportunities for every individual to flourish. The programme offers a large number of wider opportunities for our pupils they would not otherwise receive. Taking into account the schools context, we also offer a number of before school, lunch and afterschool activities for our pupils.

At Key Stage 4, students deepen knowledge and understanding, extend and rehearse skills, and further explore attitudes, values and attributes acquired during Key Stage 3. PSHE education reflects the fact that students are moving towards an independent role in adult life, taking on greater responsibility for themselves and others.

Overview of Activities offered at Coal Clough Academy

Activity  Overview Year Group 
BFC Character Development  The group sessions focus on inspiring learners to develop their personal skills and positive attitudes to succeed in and out of education. The focus will be on skills/areas such as creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership, teamwork, reliability, integrity and being reflective. All year groups
BFC Literacy Game Changers  A reading programme designed to raise reading levels amongst students, improve their comprehension skills and enhance their interest towards reading for pleasure. The sessions also give an opportunity to participate in team building activities related to sport and fitness. All year groups
BFC Mentoring Mentoring through the Premier League Inspires programme allows students to have access to the support they need to reach their full potential. The programme uses a positive role model approach to improve students’ outlook towards education and life. The mentoring process aims to help students to identify and achieve their goals. Together, the mentor and student will break down their goals into manageable steps so that they can be achieved, reflecting on what is going well and what else can be done to achieve them along the way. All year groups
Burnley Youth Theatre  Burnley Youth Theatre produces and delivers a programme with a wide range of creative activities, productions and events to engage children, young people and families. Staff work with students at Coal Clough Academy in lots of different ways to help extend their cultural capital. Yr10/11
Drama Club  Students have an hour to learn different skills through role play and drama. Students are encouraged to act out scenes, write scripts and put themselves in the character of others, encouraging empathy. All year groups
Enterprise Club Students plan, develop and create enterprise projects which can be put in place across the school. All year groups
Film Club  Students choose a film to watch each week and with support pay close attention to the camera angles, film techniques and dialogue. A discussion is had following the movie to identify effective, impactful ways of creating a movie. All year groups
Games Club  Students have an hour to learn different skills through the play. Students are encouraged to play board games as these use skills which are used in daily situations. Patience, turn taking, situational and socially accepted behaviours, and learning to lose. All year groups
Garden Club  In these sessions, students have access to an off site allotment and also work in school, carrying out various tasks associated with gardening, including planting, weeding etc. There is focus on personal development skills such as team work, responsibility, resilience and independence. KS3
Green Power Club Students learn different skills through motor vehicle projects including the building and running of a Go-Kart/Kit Car. It strengthens knowledge and team work as plans are made towards racing the car at different events throughout the academic year. All year groups
Gym  Students can access sessions in the gym, group or 1:1 and can utilise various fitness machines, weights and complete floor exercises. We offer planned sessions or immediate to give a student down time if necessary. All year groups
JSA Equine Therapy  Equine and Animal Assisted Therapy utilises a fundamentally non-directive therapeutic model. A relationship of trust develops between the student and their chosen horse through a range of indoor and outdoor activities. Horses are herd animals with a pronounced flight instinct, and will pick up on a student’s stress and discomfort very quickly. Their deep sense of empathy causes the horses to want to be with their human companions, and help them to resolve emotional distress. This can be a great reflection tool for students in considering the non-verbal messages and body language they are communicating. All year groups
Music & Singing Club  To have fun and experiment with different instruments whilst learning some new skills. The main aims of the sessions can vary depending on the needs of the student, ranging from increasing confidence and independent working to improving social skills and providing them with a release of their emotions. All year groups
Outdoor Education Teaching Assistants provides group and/or individual support. Focus on SEND Students or those who require 1:1 All year groups
Breakfast Club  All our students have access to our Breakfast Club which runs from 08:00 All year groups
Lunchtime  Sports  Students are able to partake in football in the yard and Badminton in the sports hall. All year groups
Reading Club  KS3

For a calendar of our current sporting fixtures and events please click here

AUTUMN TERM SPRING TERM SUMMER TERM
YEAR 7 & 8
  • Whole school sponsored walk 
  • Digital Advantage  week 1 programme 
  • Defibrillator training 
  • BFC Character Development 
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers 
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Drama Club 
  • Enterprise Club
  • Film Club 
  • Games Club
  • Garden Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym 
  • JSA Equine Therapy 
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • National Careers Week 
  • Careers assembly 
  • First Aid Training
  • BFC Character Development  
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers 
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Drama Club 
  • Enterprise Club
  • Film Club 
  • Games Club 
  • Garden Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym 
  • JSA Equine Therapy 
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • Skills Builder Accelerator 
  • E-Sports event 
  • Digital Advantage Programme week  2 
  • BFC Character Development 
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers 
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Drama Club 
  • Enterprise Club
  • Film Club 
  • Games Club
  • Garden Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym 
  • JSA Equine Therapy 
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education
YEAR 9
  • Whole school sponsored walk 
  • Digital Advantage 1 week programme 
  • Defibrillator training 
  • PLI Challenge at BFC 
  • BFC Character Development 
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers 
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Drama Club 
  • Enterprise Club
  • Film Club 
  • Games Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym 
  • JSA Equine Therapy 
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • National Careers Week
  • PLI Challenge at BFC
  • Careers Assembly
  • Armed Forces Sessions
  • First Aid Training
  • Careers Fair at Eden School 
  • BFC Character Development 
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers 
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Drama Club 
  • Enterprise Club
  • Film Club 
  • Games Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym 
  • JSA Equine Therapy 
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • Skills Builder Accelerator 
  • E-Sports event 
  • Digital Advantage Programme week 2 
  • BFC Character Development 
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers 
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Drama Club 
  • Enterprise Club
  • Film Club 
  • Games Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym 
  • JSA Equine Therapy 
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education
YEAR 10
  • Whole school sponsored walk 
  • Work Experience Asdan Qualification
  • Camilla Ainsworth Guest Speaker 
  • UCLAN/Burnley University Speaker
  • Defibrillator training 
  • PLI Challenge at BFC 
  • BFC Character Development 
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers 
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Burnley Youth Theatre 
  • Drama Club 
  • Enterprise Club
  • Film Club 
  • Games Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym 
  • JSA Equine Therapy 
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • National Careers Week 
  • PLI Challenge at BFC 
  • Careers assembly 
  • Armed Forces sessions
  • BFC Character Development 
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers 
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Burnley Youth Theatre 
  • Drama Club 
  • Enterprise Club
  • Film Club 
  • Games Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym 
  • JSA Equine Therapy 
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education
 

  • Skills Builder Accelerator
  • Work Experience Week
  • College Visit
  • E-Sports Event
  • Personal Guidance
  • Burnley College Taster Day
  • ASK Apprentice Guest Speaker
  • Calico Introduction
  • Blackburn College Session
  • BFC Character Development
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Burnley Youth Theatre 
  • Drama Club 
  • Enterprise Club
  • Film Club 
  • Games Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym 
  • JSA Equine Therapy 
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education
YEAR 11
  • Whole school sponsored walk 
  • Camilla Ainsworth Guest Speaker 
  • New Directions Career Guidance 
  • Blackburn College Visit 
  • Nelson and Colne College Visit 
  • Defibrillator training 
  • Work experience week 
  • Myerscough College Visit 
  • Career lessons weekly 
  • BFC Character Development 
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers 
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Burnley Youth Theatre 
  • Drama Club 
  • Enterprise Club
  • Film Club
  • Games Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym 
  • JSA Equine Therapy 
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • New Directions 
  • Nelson and Colne College visit 
  • North Lancs Training Group Session
  • Workplace visits
  • Myerscough College Visit 
  • Burnley College Visit 
  • Blackburn College Visit 
  • National Careers Week 
  • Career lessons weekly 
  • NCS session 
  • Armed Forces sessions
  • Careers Fair at Eden School 
  • BFC Character Development 
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers 
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Burnley Youth Theatre
  • Burnley Youth Theatre 
  • Drama Club
  • Enterprise Club 
  • Film Club
  • Games Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym 
  • JSA Equine Therapy 
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education
  • Skills Builder Accelerator 
  • Career lessons weekly
  • College visits 
  • Personal Guidance 
  • Extended work placements 
  • NCS 
  • BFC Character Development 
  • BFC Literacy Game Changers 
  • BFC Mentoring
  • Burnley Youth Theatre 
  • Drama Club 
  • Enterprise Club
  • Film Club
  • Games Club
  • Green Power Club
  • Gym
  • JSA Equine Therapy  
  • Music & Singing Club
  • Outdoor Education