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Barnes Wallis Academy

At Barnes Wallis Academy we aim to provide each and every one of our students with the guidance and support they need to excel.


As a village based school, community links are very important to us and help us to enhance our enrichment schedule.

For a number of years students 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 students 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.

This term activities include:

The International School Award

We have held the full International School Award from the British Council since 2010.

Barnes Wallis Academy creates and expands opportunities for pupils and staff through its international work within the global citizenship themes of:

  • conflict and peace
  • sustainable living
  • rights and responsibilities
  • fairness and equality
  • identity and belonging

Our international work has given us the opportunity to develop, improve and learn from new colleagues around the world. For our students, it provides a window into different cultures and countries, preparing them for life in a global society. It promotes positive global attitudes, encourages an appreciation of diversity and promotes global citizenship.

What sort of skills does enrichment teach?

  • Determination to succeed
  • Teamwork
  • Winning and losing with grace
  • Respect for others
  • Tolerance
  • Confidence in yourself
  • A sense of fun and enjoyment
  • Creativity
  • Focus and attitude
  • Health benefits

Academies across the Trust are encouraged to work collaboratively to make the most of the opportunities on offer and Barnes Wallis Academy regularly participates in these activities.

In addition to our own partners, the Trust has partnerships with a number of organisations that work with us to provide opportunities in music, drama, art and other cultural pursuits.

Here are just some of the incredible enrichment opportunities we have to offer:

  • A pupil exchange with our French partner school, Collège Deparcieux
  • A staff exchange to our Indian partner school, Kulachi Hansraj Model School in Delhi
  • A Fairtrade workshop for Year 7
  • Interact Club fundraising activities for local and international projects
  • We Day UK with speakers and performers including Prince Harry, Malala Yousafzai, Al Gore and Richard Branson
  • Theatre Company Onatti productions of French plays to our students and those of our feeder primaries
  • An ecological conservation project in the Caribbean
  • Outward Bound expeditions in the UK and Canada
  • Masterclasses with Olympians and other top sports stars including Colin Jackson, Crista Cullen and Rob Vickerman
  • Workshops with the Nevill Holt Opera
  • Gallery exhibitions at the Nottingham Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Debating competitions
  • Trust-wide music, photography and art competitions
  • Sporting talent programmes and tournaments

For further information about the enrichment opportunities that are on offer please contact:

Shane Ward & Alex Green

Jamie Healy

To contact us please call head office:
01476 566 801