Extra Curricular Activities

We encourage our students to become involved in as many extra-curricular activities as possible, both in school and in the wider community. These interests and activities evolve dependent on demand.

Duke of Edinburgh

JCSC is proud to be able to offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award programme and prides itself on being one of the cheapest centres in the region. At JCSC, the Duke of Edinburgh Award (D of E) is run by Mr Gwillim and Mr Armstrong with support from many other members of school staff.

What is the D of E?

The D of E award scheme is open to anyone aged between 14 and 24, and consists of three levels – Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each award is achieved by completing a personal programme of activities within four different sections – ‘Volunteering’, ‘Physical’, ‘Skills’ and ‘Expedition’. The Gold award also includes a ‘Residential’ element.

The award can be personalised to include a wide variety of activities and projects. Most people will find themselves helping people or communities, developing new skills, and improving their fitness as part of the D of E award. Students can gain credit for activities they are probably already doing.

Why do the D of E?

The experience is a real adventure full of different aspects that are both challenging and fun. As well as discovering new skills, talents and making new friends, the experience also builds confidence and helps to prepare young people for university or working life.

The D of E award will arm you with skills such as self-management, problem solving, team working and communication; all of which are highly desirable skills that employers look for in candidates. Achieving the D of E award, particularly at Gold level, is also of great benefit to anyone going through the UCAS process and applying for universities. The achievement is recognised worldwide and well respected by employers and universities alike.

How do I sign up for the D of E Award?

The award is available to all and JCSC is committed to supporting any young person in achieving their award. Students will be presented with an opportunity to sign up for the award during the first half term of the academic year.

Currently, the awards are offered to the following year groups:

* Bronze Award – Year 9

* Silver Award – Year 10

* Gold Award – Year 12

Students are required to attend training sessions for their expedition section. These sessions will train the students in first aid, navigation and camp craft. All training sessions run after school from 3:30pm – 4:30pm [5:30pm for the Gold Award] starting in the Spring term.

Technology Clubs


Exclusively For year 7 at Acklington Road every Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm Throughout the year.

DT allows students to increase students engagement with Design and Technology as well as improve confidence and skills to support lesson progress.

This club gives students the opportunity to work at the high school and use the amazing facilities we have here on site with the department from the 3D printer and CNC machines to traditional machinery to produce hand crafted products made in the workshop.

Textiles Club

Tuesday and Friday lunchtimes in Room 20. Contact Mrs Yuill for further information.

Art Clubs


Art club runs throughout the year, and is a fantastic opportunity for students to gain access to the fantastic array of artists materials and resources, where students can develop their creative skills and experiment with new media, while also increasing their independence and making exceptional progress within their own projects.

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: Room 19 during lunchtimes. Contact Mrs Yuill for further information.

Bullet Journal

Bullet Journal group runs throughout the year. Students have the chance to combine creativity and organisation when designing layouts to help them keep on top of deadlines, goals and activities as well as practising mindfulness techniques.

Tuesday lunchtimes – Years 7-11, interested students should contact Miss Swallow for further information.

Mrs Old manages our Crest programme.

Sports Clubs

Badminton Club (Friday after School 3:10 – 4:30)

Students from all year groups are welcome to come and practise their badminton skills through game play. There are a variety of ages and skill level so everyone can get involved. There is no sign up needed, just turn up and play! Runs all year round 3.10pm- 4pm.

South Avenue Netball Club (Thursday after School – Sep -Oct )

Students from all year groups are welcome to come along to Netball Club. We practice passing, shooting and set drills as well as playing games. Runs from September to October 3.10pm – 4pm on Thursdays, after school.

Acklington Road Netball Club

Students from Years 7-11 can come along to Netball Club in the Sports Hall, Fridays after school 3.15 – 4.30pm, all year round.

Sports Hall Athletics (Thursday after School – Nov – Feb )

Sports hall athletics will run after school from November to February.

Gym Club

Gym club is open to Years 7-11 and takes place in the Fitness Suite, Thursday after school during January and February.

Climbing Club

Climbing club is open to Years 5-13 and takes place all year round at the Sports Hall, Acklington Road on Thursdays 3.15-4.30pm.

Other Clubs

Drama Club

Available to all students to help build confidence and to fill student love for performing arts. There’s something for everyone as the club covers different aspects of performance such as singing dancing and acting. 

Code Club

Code Club is a nationwide network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs for children aged 9-11. The projects teach children how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites, giving them the skills, confidence and opportunity to shape their world.

Students will progress and learn more whilst at the same time using their imaginations and making creative projects. Code Club uses Scratch to teach the basics of programming. Also taught are the basics of web development using HTML and CSS.

Chess Club

Teaching maths and strategy skills.