‘Schools are not just a vehicle to pass exams. At their best they build relationships, character and aspiration for young people from all backgrounds. They are the greatest tool we have to promote social mobility. And we need them to be better.’

Beyond School, We need a new approach to school enrichment – F Fraser

School enrichment offers an untapped opportunity, with evidence growing that a structured programme can benefit both the academic progress and soft skills of students. The Education Endowment Foundation finds enrichment can lead to up to 3 months additional progress across English, Maths and Science. A Government review found that underachieving pupils participating in extracurricular activities like sport increased their numeracy skills by almost a third.

The number of students participating in Oulton Academy's excellent enrichment programme has increased by a staggering 12% during the first term of 2022/2023 compared to the first term in 2021/ 2022. Almost 60% of students regularly attend after school enrichments at the academy. 

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) claims that by extending the school day, students participating in such programmes will increase their learning by approx. +3 months over the course of the school year.

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As part of our Enrichment programme, we offer 121 tuition to various students, again the EEF claims that students who participate in in 121 classes will increase their learning by approx. +5 months over the course of the school year.

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Parental Engagement

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Leading Parent Partnership Award


Oulton Academy offers a wide range of enrichment and after school activities. Our programme is designed to allow each student access to a termly menu of clubs and activities that improve their current skills, develop new skills and allow them to improve their self-esteem and confidence. Our programme includes activities that support academic success and achievement and ones that introduce new experiences to young people outside of their studies. As there are many different clubs running during the school year, a timetable will be issued to each student at the beginning of each term. After school clubs run from 2.40pm to 3.30pm.


Students can extend their curriculum knowledge through attendance at the wide range of subject-related clubs. Clubs include Creative Writing Club, STEM Club, Debate Club, Spanish Culture Club, Hegarty Maths & Homework Club, History Club, Cooking Club and Creativity in Art Club. In addition, we have groups that focus on particular challenges such as the Environment Sustainability Group and business challenge groups.


We are very proud of our comprehensive sports program and encourage all students to participate in at least one club. Students have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sports such as: football, rugby, basketball, trampoline, gymnastics, tennis, cricket, netball, hockey, rounders and athletics. Our teams have an excellent record in competitive sports and they have succeeded in winning area and city championships. This success helps to support our students to gain representative honours for the city and West Yorkshire, gain places in training academies and even compete at the Olympics.


Our Performing Arts extra-curricular activities have gone from strength to strength in recent years. These range from musical productions to extra-curricular clubs such as choir, Jazz band and keyboard. These activities are an important part of school life, providing students with opportunities to display their talents and giving them the chance to work as a team to achieve their common goal. In recent years, our annual performance has been a highlight on the school calendar and has showcased our multi-talented performing arts students, as well as allowing others to develop their technical skills in the behind the scenes roles of set construction, costume design and sound and lighting.


Academic excellence is a core priority at Oulton Academy, so in addition to our wide range of enrichment activities, we run a comprehensive programme of GCSE booster and revision sessions, so that students can fully prepare for their final examinations. The academy library is also available to students from 2.40pm – 3.30pm and contains a wide variety of fiction, non-fiction and revision guides, as well as computer equipment.


Educational visits are vital to enriching and bringing alive classroom experiences. At Oulton Academy, we run international visits as well as local trips. We believe that participation in a wide variety of cultural activities expands a student’s understanding of the world and allows them to develop the essential knowledge they need to be educated citizens.

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The school operates a late bus service that leaves Oulton Academy at 3.45pm. All students are eligible to use the bus, but please note that the service operates at limited stops. Please enquire at reception for an up to date bus timetable.

For enquiries about enrichment or extra-curricular activities, please contact:

Ms. Easton

0113 2059559



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Enrichment Booklet Jan Mar 2024 18th Jan 2024 Download

Oulton Insights

Oulton Academy is an open and transparent academy, we welcome feedback from all our stakeholders. The following are just some of the many positive comments that we have received.

Oulton Academy students are very polite and had some amazing questions for us. Thanks for inviting us to come to Oulton Academy! - Visitor: Vicky Pointing Notre Dame Sixth Form

My daughter has certainly noticed a significant improvement in behaviour throughout the academy which in turn is helping her concentrate better in class! - Parent

Miss O'Connor is a credit to the school, a brilliant teacher and always does what she says she's going to do. I don't know what we'd have done without her! - Parent

Mrs Long has been fantastic as a head of year for my daughter! I would recommend the school just on how supportive she has been! - Parent

I have 2 children at the academy, one in year 11 and the other in year 7 and have never had a problem! I would recommend Oulton Academy! - Parent

This award clearly recognises the high quality of learning and values-driven personal development programme in your school.' - T Haigh, Association of Character Education, ACE.

'Thankyou for making high school so much better' - Year 11 Student

'I couldn't have felt this confident on my GCSE's without you pushing me all the way' - Year 11 Student

'We want to thank you from the bottom of our hearts for the time and effort you and your staff have put into supporting my daughter over the past 18 months' - Year 11 Parent