For a number of years pupils have helped to provide meals at the luncheon club for elderly people. Outstanding service in this field is recognised by a prize awarded by RAF Coningsby.
Our links with the RAF station continue to grow. In recent years the school choir has been asked to sing Christmas Carols at Christmas functions in the Officers' Mess.
All Year 10 pupils, in their summer term, undertake two weeks work experience. The school is very grateful to businesses and organisations in the immediate and wider community, which provide these placements year after year. We are also indebted to the local Rotary Club for providing 11th year pupils with interview experience prior to applying to colleges for courses or firms for employment.
The school has a positive attitude to links with industry and a number of local firms have co-operated in undertaking projects to enhance the curriculum.
Barnes Wallis Academy has been running an Interact Club at the school for 3 years. It meets every fortnight at lunchtime to discuss and plan fundraising activities.
The club is supported by Woodhall Spa Rotary Club and you can find more information about them at http://woodhallsparotary.co.uk/
Two of the current fundraising activities are our BWA Defib Campaign, raising funds to get a defibrillator in school. Interact members have already taken part in a supermarket bag pack raising over £270 towards one.
Also, members have chosen to fundraise for Sparkle Malawi, a charity that funds education in Malawi.
There are currently 25 members in the club, who are overseen by President Charlie Ellerington (Year 11) and Vice President Jordan Broadbent (Year 10).
Members also have the opportunity to take part in RYLA and other Rotary lead competitions and activities.
Every week, 2 members help serve lunch at the OAP luncheon clubs in Coningsby and Tattershall. The elders are also invited to Barnes Wallis for Christmas Lunch in December.
Members who have taken part in the club for over a year are nominated for a Diana Award in recognition of their fundraising. So far 27 pupils have received an award.
At Barnes Wallis Academy our Young Carers group has been running for the last three years and during this time we have enjoyed lots of exciting activities both in and outside school.
We receive training from the Lincolnshire LIVES, which gives us basic first aid skills and much more.
Being awarded the Young Carers Friendly Award by Lincolnshire Healthy Schools has been a great achievement for us.
Our Young Carers have the benefit of being able to have someone to talk to when they need to, and feel safe and secure within our school.
Our Academy has a great awareness of Young Carers, we meet every week and use this time to train, discuss and support each other.
Our students are not judged, they are understood and respected for their additional responsibilities. Find out more about our young carers here.