St Laurence Extra
St Laurence offers a very wide range of “out of hours” enrichment activities in term time and holiday time. These activities are known as St Laurence Extra. We recognise the connection between young people’s wider educational achievements and what they learn through their informal pastimes when these are linked to core learning and activities in their classrooms and communities.
The St Laurence Extra programme runs after school and is shaped in response to student interest. Each year we seek to provide some new activities alongside the more traditional menu which always captures interest. We hope that the balance of activities will offer something of interest to every student in the school at some point in the year.
The main programme of activities is published in September in order to enable students to plan their own schedule and prioritise their choices by taking account of the fact that some activities are seasonal or time specific (e.g. school productions) and others run throughout the year. New activities are added to the programme during the course of the year subject to interest and viability and they are promoted through the Connect newsletter and the school website.
The school uses ‘Schools Buddy’ for students to find and sign up for clubs. Students will need to be registered with Schools Buddy in order to participate in after school activities. All new students and their main parent contact receive a welcome email from SchoolsBuddy with details of how to register and request to join clubs.
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St Laurence Extra Details
A very large number of the clubs are run by teachers and teaching assistants or outside volunteers, but some activities are run by qualified coaches or specialists from outside. Whilst the majority of clubs are free to students, some carry a charge (usually subsidised) if the activity involves staff from outside of school, specialist teaching and, or loan of equipment.
Freetime Funding is available to support eligible students who would like to access clubs which carry a cost but we do not want money to be a barrier to participation and students are encouraged to talk to the staff who coordinate the programme if there is a problem.
Most after school clubs run from 15:15 – 16:15 with the exception of sports fixtures and specific arts activities, some of which run in the early evening. St Laurence operates a late bus service for which there is a £1.00 charge per student, per journey to some of the local villages in our catchment area. This bus leaves promptly at 4:30pm and calls at Farleigh Wick, Monkton Farleigh, Farleigh Rise, South Wraxall, Atworth, Shaw, Melksham Town Centre, Broughton Gifford, and Holt.
Please note that the Libra bus service is discontinued – bus 96 to Westwood, Wingfield & Trowbridge Manvers Street at 16.30.
The typical St Laurence Extra programme includes a wide range of activities which cover: Art, Craft, Design Technology, Study support (homework clubs, revision or booster classes, access to computer drop-in), ICT clubs, English (creative writing), film studies, book clubs, Debating or public speaking activities (Model United Nations, Law clubs), Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Music) clubs and performances, Sports activities (competitive and recreational) and fixtures, Outdoor pursuits (on and off-site), Community Service activities – including preparation for overseas trips, Environmental Activities (allotment clubs etc.), Humanities based activities including Christian Union, Language clubs.
Homework Club offers a nourishing and supportive environment for our Year 7 to Year 11 students, where they can get help with their studies, complete their homework or read for pleasure.
We have a number of computers, desk space, a printer and a designated reading area available. Students often help each other with homework in this more relaxed learning environment. There are staff and TAs on hand to help with their studies.
Students are expected to continue to comply with school rules while in the ILC including; no mobile phones, no food or drink and to behave in a respectful and sensible manner.
The ILC is open after school every day from 3:00pm – 4:20pm.