We provide an extensive range of opportunities outside of the curriculum for students to build their confidence and explore and develop their talents, skills and abilities. We see these activities as an essential part of a good quality education programme.

Arts

Ounsdale has a strong tradition of acclaimed drama productions and has successfully participated in the Shakespeare Schools Festival for many years. Visits to theatres are frequently organised and students also have access to the production and technical side of the subject through our theatre standard facilities. Music is an important part of school life and talented musicians have a wealth of opportunities to perform. Students who wish to learn or continue to play a musical instrument can have lessons from one of our instrumental team. The school has an excellent reputation for Art and the annual Art Exhibition has been very well received. Students have the opportunity to visit galleries and exhibitions as well as going out into the community to seek inspiration and ideas for their own work. Opportunities within the Arts are being further developed through the Trust. In addition to having the chance to perform and attend workshops in other schools, high quality experiences are also available. For example, The Invictus Choir has performed at the Royal Albert and Symphony Halls as well as local venues.

Sport

Ounsdale has an established reputation for sport and PE and an extensive range of sports are available through lessons and extra-curricular clubs. All students are encouraged to get involved as part of our commitment to health and well-being and our highly qualified and experienced sports staff make very good use of our excellent facilities to cater extremely well for those who play for fun and those who are talented. Students who wish to inspire and motivate others to participate have the chance to train as Sports Leaders and work with staff in school and local primary schools to support with practices and events. We are proud of the school’s sporting reputation and students have enjoyed team and individual success in school, county, regional and national competitions.

Competitions

Competitions give students the chance to compare their knowledge, talents and skills with their peers and opportunities are provided for individuals and groups within and outside of school. Through the House system students compete to earn the most points, be the best at Sports Day, bake the best cakes, take the best photograph, win the talent competition and raise the most money for charity. The Accelerated Reading scheme encourages younger students to improve their reading ability, complete quizzes relating to the books they have read and compete to gain points and be top of their league.     Outside of school talented mathematicians take part in the National Maths Challenge, able scientists can compete in the Salters Chemistry competition and creative English students can enter the National Poetry Trials. Through our good relationship with Sedgley and Wombourne Rotary Club, students can also take part in their public speaking, Rotary Young Chef and Rotary Young Musician competitions

Trips and Visits

Trips and visits are an important part of school life and help to broaden student experiences of education beyond the classroom. Various trips are organised throughout the year such as study visits (in the UK and abroad), cultural visits (including Rome, Italy, Washington, Paris, Boulogne, Berlin), Erasmus+ programme visits to Europe, foreign exchanges, residential and reward trips.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Ounsdale has been running the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme very successfully for the past 11 years and we are now a Directly Licensed Centre. The scheme has a really positive impact on students and with its challenges and experiences is one of the most well-respected awards amongst further and higher education institutions and employers.

Wombourne Cadet Force

We were delighted that the detachment decided to re-locate itself to the school site in July 2016 and have welcomed the opportunity to build a mutually beneficial partnership. Becoming an Army Cadet gives young people the chance to take part in exciting and challenging activities such as field craft, adventure training, first aid, music, sports and shooting, to name but a few. In addition to making new friends, cadets get the opportunity to go on annual camp and may even get to go on expeditions in the UK and sometimes abroad.