We offer a broad range of extracurricular opportunities aimed to help our students develop as confident, well-rounded individuals.
Students have access to many opportunities through activities such as educational trips in the UK and overseas, leadership and enterprise activities, careers fairs and university visits, as well as hearing from visiting speakers to the academy, such as authors and business people.
Our clubs cover a diverse range of activities including dance, drama, music, art, chess and sports.
Trips and visits
East Leake Academy has a strong commitment to the value of learning through carefully planned educational visits. This is part of the our required role to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that provides spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development that prepares young people for the opportunities and experiences of adult life.
Our students take part in trips and visits such as:
- school teams away fixtures;
- regular local visits;
- day visits for a particular year group;
- residential visits;
- overseas visits;
- voluntary work;
- adventure activities; and
- work experience.
We run an annual ski trip to Italy as well as teaming up with venture force to allow students to take part in expeditions to developing countries to support charitable initiatives. As an example, ELA students have visited Ghana on three separate occasions to help build an orphanage and kindergarten complex.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards (DofE)
We are proud to be part of the DofE scheme and offer students all three levels of the awards (bronze, silver and gold). These are highly regarded both by universities and employers alike. Taking part in the DofE awards provides our young people with essential life skills, leadership skills and training, volunteering opportunities and team working skills.
Young enterprise network
Budding entrepreneurs have the chance to join the young enterprise network, of which East Leake Academy is a member. Year 12 students compete in teams to design, develop and market new products before selling them to the general public at markets in the UK and Europe. In year 10 students can apply to become our ‘youNG’ ambassador. One student is chosen from ELA and, together with the ambassadors from nine other schools in Ruschcliffe, they work as a community to represent all Rushcliffe schools.
German exchange programme
We have a run a German exchange programme for the past 20 years, in collaboration with the Marie Curie Gymnasium in Kirchzarten. Our programme of residential visits to other parts of Europe also help our students develop cultural understanding and awareness.