At Kings, we value the whole child, and we know how important it is to develop students’ experiences of the world, cultural capital, character and sense of adventure. For this reason, students at Ark Kings follow an Enrichment programme that supports and develops their character in line with the academies' Character Compass of eight key dispositions that will empower them to become happy and successful in life, education and employment.
As part of this Enrichment offer, students will participate in 3 Enrichment Days across the academic year, providing them with a range of opportunities to explore society and personal development such as raising money for charity, visiting the elderly in the local community, experiencing Birmingham’s museums and art galleries and exploring the local countryside on orienteering adventures.
Students will also have the opportunity to participate in termly Character Conferences: drop-down days where they learn about issues such as healthy relationships, caring for the community and becoming an active citizen.
In addition to this, each year group has the opportunity to go on a residential to experience more of the world. In Year 7, students go on an outdoor adventure, to bond as a year group and build confidence. In Year 8, students travel to France to practise their language skills and experience another culture. In Year 9,students have the opportunity to complete their Bronze Duke of Edinburgh expedition, developing team work and resilience. In year 10, students are taken to London to ride the London Eye, watch a Shakespeare play and explore our capital city, in order to build cultural capital.
Finally, students can participate in extra-curricular activities at lunchtimes and after school on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings. There are a range of activities on offer including seasonal sports (football, basketball, hockey), general fitness activities (Couch 2 5K, Yoga, Running for Pleasure) and creative activities (Choir, Art Club, Drama). Students are encouraged to attend at least one evening a week and a booklet of activities will be sent out each term for students to select from.
This wide range of Enrichment opportunities allows us to ensure that our students’ education addresses their social, moral, spiritual and cultural needs as well as their academic ones, so that we can Aspire, Expect and Achieve Together.