Although the Olive School has academic excellence at its core, we strongly believe that high quality extra-curricular activities enhance the learning experience and are an essential part of school life. For all our pupils, a comprehensive programme of enrichment opportunities (Olive Enrichment Academies) are offered aimed at developing key personal skills and aptitudes, along with developing specific interests and talents.
The Enrichment Academies provide opportunities for pupils to try new things and are an excellent medium to foster good relationships between staff, pupils and parents. They develop pupils’ social skills by providing a forum of interaction between pupils across different ages and schools. We offer a variety of Enrichment Academies to meet the different interests of the children. Enrichment Academies change every term, so that all children’s interests are catered for.
The extra-curricular provision forms part of the Star Mini Baccalaureate. All KS1 pupils will be expected to participate in at least one Enrichment Academy per week. KS2 pupils are expected to complete two Enrichment Academies per week all of which would take place outside the formal school day.
KS2 pupils also benefit from a programme of study support and tuition sessions, delivered each day after school, tailored to an individual or group of pupils who may require additional help in English and Mathematics. There is a particular focus on early support for developing pupils’ reading, writing, speaking and listening skills as this is key to them accessing the full breadth of the curriculum.
The Star Mini-Baccalaureate brings together the three areas of the curriculum – educational excellence, character development and service to communities – in a single accreditation framework. It is awarded to pupils who, through service, commitment and personal excellence, act as living examples of the Star educational model. It is not easily obtained or subordinate to other recognised outcomes at the end of key stages. It indicates a level of excellence that has been achieved by the holder, acknowledged by a wider community.
The Star Mini-Baccalaureate recognises not only the commitment of its holder to learning, outstanding attendance and behaviour throughout the School, but also reflects how each child has grown from the Early Years Foundation stage to the end of Key Stage 2. It demonstrates that they have actively embraced their role as a future citizen, leader and entrepreneur in the society in which they will live and to which they will contribute.
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