At The Vale we offer a wide range of activities and visits to cater for all tastes and interests, some activities are held during lunch time although many take place after 3.20pm. Our aim is to provide our students with supplementary and additional learning experiences which enrich knowledge, improve skills and build self esteem. We believe that these kinds of activities encourage young people to make their own choices about learning and that this will foster in them the belief that learning is an activity for life. Below is just a flavour of some of the activities we offer:

Student Leadership

The Student Leadership Team at The Vale Academy is led by the Head Boy and Head Girl and is made up of 7 senior student leaders from years 11 and 10 and 5 junior student leaders from years 7-9. To find out more please click here.


Board games; ‘Mathletics’ lunchtime sessions; participation in National Mathematics Challenges.


Workshops from visiting poets and writers; poetry and short story writing competitions; Theatre Visits when available.


KS3 photography club

KS4 Action/ Adventure Film Studies Club


Residential visit to the WW1 Battlefields, Year 7 visit to Conisbrough Castle and a KS3 Humanities Club.

Modern Foreign Languages

Visits as appropriate.

Art and Design

Art club; opportunities to work with artists and designers.


Young Engineers; Enterprise Challenge; cookery club; textiles club.


Rehearsals for academy productions at various points throughout the year; visiting theatre companies and workshops; Pantomime visit for Year 7; Theatre visits KS4.


Woodwind ensemble; string ensemble; brass ensemble; junior brass ensemble; samba band; belleplates ensemble; rock bands; taiko; choir; chamber choir; concert band/orchestra; lads’ vocal group; folk group; Music Tour to France.


Computing and ICT

  • KS3 Minecraft Club
  • 3D Printing Club
  • Dungeons & Dragons Club


Residential field trips; World Wise quiz.


‘Space Circus’; visits to the Deep and Corus; visiting speakers; ecology field trips; first aid training.

Sixth Form Enrichment

Inter-House Activities

Numerous inter-house activities take place throughout the year, including Sports Day.


The Vale Academy wider community is an essential part of our ethos. The Academy actively participates in a variety of community events and there is always community event taking place. These offer rewarding experiences for all that participate and offer enrichment opportunities for students. A flavour of the dynamic experiences the Vale Academy has promoted can be seen in our termly magazine ‘Vale Views’.