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Extra Curricular Activities at Thomas Deacon Academy
A major part of school life at Thomas Deacon Academy is that every child has the opportunity to participate in an extra-curricular activity of their choice. Across all House areas, exists the opportunity to experience a broad range of activities that engage and benefit the holistic development of our students, harnessing life skills that will stay with them long after they leave school.
Activities include sport, catering for both competitive and leisure pursuits. The Sports Department prides itself on its agenda to drive participation and excellence in sport, with sports teams training twice a week with international coaches, pursuing a high quality competitive fixtures calendar against many public and local schools.
The Academies specialisms in Maths and Science are supported by ESTEAM and the Lego League Club. Students with a talent for music, drama and dance can tread the boards in a school production by the Arts team, or be a part of the school concert band or choir.
Those students with a love for the outdoors and adventure can experience the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Bronze, Silver and Gold level, completing expeditions in the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales and the Snowdon National Park. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme symbolises the Thomas Deacon Academy ethos, allowing students to experience adventure, learn new skills, be that as an individual or part of a team serving the community.
The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) at TDA offers students from Year 8 upwards, the opportunity to experience army life through Army Cadets or the Royal Air Force section. Students learn teamwork, leadership, resourcefulness, self-reliance and responsibility qualities. Experiences include army squadron summer camps and air experience flights through our links with Wittering RAF base. Students can also gain a BTEC qualification in Public Services from Year 11 onwards.
The Peterborough Volunteer Police Cadets operate from within TDA, once a week, offering students from across the City the opportunity to become part of the Cambridgeshire Constabulary. Police Cadets learn skills such as the phonetic alphabet, team work and drill and each year achievement of the basic skills is celebrated in a Passing Out Parade at the Academy.
Year 8 students are timetabled to participate in EXPLORERS, an activity based programme that allows students to select and experience six clubs from a selection of twenty activities over the academic year, ranging from First Aid, gardening club, dance, climbing, jewellery making, digital photography and trampoline club to name a few, providing students with the opportunity to be creative and to try something new to discover where there passions lie.
Activities available at the Thomas Deacon Academy include:
- Cooking with Words
- Exercise to Music
- Business and Enterprise
- Indoor bowls (out of Academy)
- First Aid
- Team Building
- Combined Cadet Force
- Ten Pin Bowling (out of Academy)
- Outdooir Campcraft
- Fitness Suite
- Oscars/Film Production
- Indoor net games
- Table Tennis
For further details please contact Mr Colm McCloskey