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Extracurricular activities

The school programme for extra-curricular activities is revised each year and published early in the autumn term.   Extra-curricular activities for students are broad, varied and age-appropriate.  They include:

  • educational visits and trips
  • homework club
  • sports activities and events
  • performing arts opportunities, concerts and shows
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
  • careers and work experience opportunities
  • community choir

2020/2021 Extra-curricular timetable

PE Extra-curricular timetable (June 2021) - Click here for timetable

Performing Arts Extra-curricular timetable (June 2021) - Click here for timetable

Educational visits and trips enhance the learning experience of students.  They vary in duration, from half a day through to overnight, and extended stays. Visits and trips are planned to complement the curriculum and are age-appropriate for students.  Longer trips typically mean longer planner - so we commit to offering these to parents / carers at least two terms in advance.  The opportunity for visits within the school day will be communicated at least one term in advance. Information about charges for visits and trips can be found within the MAT Charging and Remissions Policy.

Details of the programme of educational visits and trips can be found within the School Calendar. For further information about up and coming events, please contact us as follows:

We will publish the programme to parents / carers via the website and provide a calendar of weekly activities for students.

Homework club - school library and ICT rooms

Homework club runs Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 3.10 - 4.10pm in the school library. Students can use the ICT facilities to do research or homework. Staff are available to assist with homework if this is required. It is also a quiet place to read and enjoy a wide range of books.

Sports activities and events

Our extensive extra-curricular programme takes full advantage of our superb facilities which include:

  • an all-weather pitch,
  • extensive fields,
  • hard court netball/tennis courts,
  • 2 sports halls,
  • Dance studio and fitness suite.

All students have regular access to activities that run after school and participation rates are very high. Our sports teams are the envy of many schools. We have hockey, netball, football, rugby league, rounders, cricket, athletics and basketball teams.  

In recent years several of our students have been chosen to represent our Region or County and even Great Britain; we most recently watched our own Marcus Ellis win the Bronze medal for Badminton in Rio.

We also offer table tennis, trampolining, badminton and dance clubs at Colne Valley and students have the opportunity to display their performances both in school and at events outside school. Our Sports Leadership Academy is well established and our students help coach at clubs both in school and in our primary feeder schools as well as assisting with the organisation of a variety of sports festivals.

In addition the PE department organise regular trips within and outside the UK focusing on team building, skiing and football tours.

 Performing arts opportunities, concerts and shows

At Colne Valley, we strive to provide the very best extra-curricular provision to our pupils, as these are the experiences that learners will remember for a lifetime.

Our programme of Performing Arts after school activities will include:

  • Vocal, Music, Dance and Drama Academies (audition only),
  • Vocal Beatz (KS3 singers),
  • African Drumming,
  • KS3 contemporary dance,
  • KS3 Drama Limelights,
  • String ensemble and
  • String quartet.
  • Kirklees Musica run our Brass Ensemble every Thursday after school and Percussion Ensemble every Tuesday after school.

Our main events on the calendar are:

  • Christmas concert (alternate years to the school production),
  • Summer Showcase,
  • Colne Valley Young Musician of the Year competition.

The Academy is also often invited to perform in the community, at the Kirklees Showcase, The LBT Schools Proms, and Jump and Shout.

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

Students in year 9 have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award at Bronze level. By completing their Duke of Edinburgh, they are in for an amazing adventure as they take part in a range of activities, all leading to the achievement of an Award that is recognised by colleges, universities and employers alike. There are four sections at Bronze Level and participants select and set objectives in each of the following areas.

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community.
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities.
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests.
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey over two days with an overnight camp.

If you are interested in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme please contact Mr Howarth at the school -

Community Choir

Our Community Choir is open to all friends and pupils of the school, and runs on a Thursday at the school, 6pm - 7pm. All abilities are welcome. The choir has been singing together for over 3 years and has already performed at the school concerts, at various community centres in schools. We are a very friendly bunch who enjoy singing for pleasure, so come and join us!