Erkenwald Campus

Enrichment activities

In addition to the academic curriculum, at Erkenwald Campus we offer students the chance to take part in a range of enrichment and extra-curricular activities. These are a great way of building confidence, friendships and skills, and of fostering links with the wider community.

All of our students are actively encouraged to participate in all the activities listed below except for volunteering as a support in primary schools, which must be linked to a post-16 choice. End-of-term trips are a reward for the previous term and are linked to good attendance and our reward system.

During their initial meeting at Erkenwald Campus, we ask parents/carers to sign a consent form that covers most of these activities, and we keep them up-to-date about forthcoming trips and activities via termly newsletters and letters home. Most of our trips are free but where there is a small cost, we ask that parents/carers send the appropriate amount in an envelope (with their child’s name on the front) to the school office.

Broken Art – A 10-week art therapy programme during which students make something useful and beautiful out of broken materials. Mentoring also takes place during these sessions. An outside provider delivers the programme and organises an art display for parents and students.

Outdoor pursuits – At the nearby Stubbers Activity and Adventure Centre, students can take part in: archery, rifle shooting, paintball, 4x4 driving, raft- and team-building exercises, climbing and other activities.

Trips – There are curriculum, end-of-term and reward trips throughout the school year. These have included: visits to the cinema and an adventure playground, the Sea Life Adventure Aquarium, Colchester and London Zoos, the London Dungeon, Jumping Giants trampoline park, as well as ten-pin bowling sessions. End-of-term trips are linked to good attendance in the previous term and the campus’ reward system.

School Council – Students are voted on to the school council and represent the student voice in Erkenwald Campus. The council votes on how funding from the Jack Petchey Foundation is spent and  which sports activities to have on campus. Student council members also represent Erkenwald when guests visit us.

Boxing and gym sessions – Students currently attend sessions at the local YMCA.

Team sports – At Goresbrook Sports Centre, students have access to football training, badminton, cricket and table tennis.

Art – KS3 students have an art session on a weekly basis at Mayesbrook Park Campus, and a small group are studying towards their Art GCSE there.

Flexible Learning vocational courses – These are offered to students where our GCSE offer is not appropriate, or a student wants to take a subject not offered at Erkenwald. Subjects studied in the past include: car mechanics, catering and childcare.

Volunteering – A group of girls currently volunteer in local infant and nursery schools, supporting the teachers with activities such as reading and PE. These students hope to have a career in childcare.

Themed fundraising events – As a school community, we raise funds through coffee mornings and events for the following charities: Macmillan Cancer Support, Jeans for Genes Day, BBC Children in Need and Red Nose Day.

Young People Affected by Crime (YPAC) project – This is a police-run youth club for victims of crime, that offers activities ranging from cooking to football, art to team-building sessions, to help them recover from their experience and grow in confidence. The youth club also organises trips and weekend breaks.

Personal health and social education – Students can find out about a range of personal health and social education topics through this collaboration between the school nurse and Subwise, a free and confidential, local drug and alcohol service for young people aged six to 21 and their families.

Year 11 work experience – Our Year 11 students are encouraged to participate in a week’s work placement to prepare them for the workplace and help them see the importance of regular school attendance and working hard to achieve their GCSE exams. Placements have included working as: a farm trainee, classroom assistant, in retail, at a riding school, at St Marks Community Café and Becontree Children’s Centre.

London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Music School – The music school offers students the opportunity to take guitar and singing lessons, and to enjoy performances by the music school’s staff orchestra. A great tradition at Erkenwald Campus is our annual Xmas concert by the music school, which helps get parents and students into a festive mood.