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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.


During the Academic year, there are many opportunities for students to experience learning outside the classroom and beyond the normal curriculum.

Trips out of school are an excellent opportunity to learn about the environment, the community and to develop good relationships with fellow students and staff.

There may be visits to theatres, historic sites and scientific buildings.

A range of clubs exist for our students, the number of which increases in the summer term when most subjects offer additional coaching and support. There are sports, music, games, languages, drama, science, gardening and many others. The school also runs a daily homework club where students receive support in their work outside the classroom. For our sports activities' timetable, please see below.

Barnes Wallis has a good tradition of school drama and music productions, which we feel is an important aspect of school life. The forthcoming year will see musical and drama evenings involving a large number of our students.

A key part of this is that we encourage our students to be active and get involved in sporting competitions against local teams and other secondary academies in the David Ross Education Trust.

In short, whatever our students would like to do - we can help them achieve their potential. If there is a club we don’t already have that you would like to see on our enrichment programme then please let a member of staff know and we will do our best to accommodate

Modern Foreign Languages activities

The Academy's Modern Foreign Languages department runs trips and exchanges to France.

Charges for school activities
For optional trips and visits we may ask parents/carers to make a full contribution and all other trips we ask you to make a voluntary contribution so that the trips remain viable.

For some technology lessons, parents/carers will be asked to either supply ingredients/materials or purchase them from school. The finished items can be taken home from these lessons. Charges are also made for music lessons held outside normal lessons.

We make every effort to try and ensure students will not be disadvantaged at Barnes Wallis due to financial hardship. Concerned parents/carers can contact the activity organiser or the Headteacher if they wish to discuss such matters confidentially.

Community Programs

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.

Interact Club

Barnes Wallis Academy has been running an Interact Club at the school for 6 years.

It meets every fortnight at lunchtime to discuss and plan fundraising activities. There are currently 16 members in the club, who are overseen by President Ellie Shaw (Year 9) and Secretary Harriet Tacey (Year 8).

The term, Interact, is derived from "inter" for International, and "act" for action. We are supported by the Rotary Club of Woodhall Spa and together we plan and organise projects of service to the academy, community and the wider world.

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Members carry out volunteering and fundraising activities throughout the school year.

As part of their work they volunteer to serve lunches to the elderly members of the community and every December we also host the elderly members of the community for a Christmas lunch at the Academy. They also give up their own time to fundraise for both local and global charities. They raise funds by bag packing at supermarkets, hold discos at school and organise cake sales. During the year 2018-19, they have raised over £401 for their chosen charities which are LIVES, Macmillan Cancer and 4Ocean. Members also have the opportunity to take part in RYLA and other Rotary lead competitions and activities.

Members who have taken part in the club for over a year are nominated for a Group Diana Award in recognition of their fundraising. So far 50 pupils have received this prestigious award. The Diana Award, set up in memory of Princess Diana, is given to young people who have shown a commitment to changing their world through volunteering and fundraising. One of the members was chosen to represent the Interact Club and received her award at a ceremony at the House of Lords.

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