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. Due to COVID-19 restrictions many extra curricular activities have been paused but we are looking forward to running a full schedule of extra curricular activities and clubs when restrictions allow.

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.

Science Crest Club

Last year, we were delighted that 65 of our Year 7&8 students completed their Bronze Crest award.

Two of our year 13 students completed their exclusive Crest Gold award during a summer university placement, organised by the Nuffield foundation. Both were invited to participate in this programme after a selection process.

What is Crest?

The CREST Awards scheme is the British Science Association’s flagship programme for young people. Around 40,000 students in the UK gain CREST Awards every year. It is the only nationally recognised accreditation scheme for STEM project work (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects, providing science enrichment activities to inspire and engage 5-to-19-year olds.

What does Crest do for our students?

CREST gives our students the chance to participate in hands-on science through investigations and enquiry-based learning, supporting them to solve real-life science-based challenges through practical investigation and discussion.

It also develops our students practical and investigatory skills in readiness for their GCSE Science course.

Our Crest Programme?

Our Crest programme for this year will commence in the Spring term and run through to the Summer term. Students will be selected in Year 7 and 8. We are currently looking into the opportunity for some Year 9 students to complete their Silver Crest award.
Mrs Old manages our Crest programme.

Breakfast Club / Break and Lunch Club in the Quay-

(Enquiries about joining or being invited to Club in the Quay should be directed to Julie Hearn)

Breakfast club runs in the Quay every morning 8:15 – 8:45

Break and Lunch club run every day during Break and lunch club. This is for students that prefer to spend their time in a smaller or quieter environment.  Features include games and reading areas, and a study room.

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. This club takes place in the Dance Studio on Tuesdays after school, 3.30-4.30pm. 

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.

The club will be held at the JCSC South Avenue site weekly every Tuesday during term time from 3.10pm-4.10pm with the first club meeting on the 25th September 2018.

Chess Club

Teaching maths and strategy skills, Chess Club runs every Tuesday lunchtime in Room 18. Please contact Mr Tracey for further information.

Revision classes

Year 11

We run a full timetable of lunchtime and after school revision and catch up classes for Year 11 students preparing for examinations or deadlines. Please ask your teacher about relevant classes.

Homework Club

Homework club is an informal drop-in run by our LSPs (Learning Support Practitioners).

Mondays – 3-4pm and Tuesdays and Thursdays 3.15-4pm in Room 35a. All years are welcome to come and catch up on homework.