Our innovative enrichment curriculum enables students to broaden their cultural understanding of the world, learn new skills and take on personal challenges. The curriculum is carefully designed to develop pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural skills. There is a vast range of choice in the enrichment programme including performing arts, Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh Award, British Sign Language, sports clubs, debate and a school newspaper. Years 7-13 have two enrichment sessions per week, with activities changing each term to give students the opportunity to experience different opportunities. The range of academic and enrichment experiences prepare pupils well for life in modern Britain through this and a comprehensive and well-planned PSHE curriculum.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Music

At Magnus we hugely value the importance of music and have invested in this area to develop a thriving, modern, and inclusive faculty.

All students are offered the opportunity to learn an instrument at a heavily subsidised cost as we believe that talent should be valued and nurtured. Our Leader of Youth Community Music is dedicated to the ‘Magnus Swing Band’ which is growing in strength and quality every day.

As a modern, forward thinking faculty, we provide multiple opportunities to suit different musical tastes including everything from rap and pop to more traditional choices such as classical, jazz and swing.

Performing Arts

The disciplines of drama, dance and music are taught at Magnus and we pride ourselves on the many public performances we stage that enable us to showcase the high standard of our students. Performing Arts are key to developing confidence and self-esteem and it is by preparing for performances that many learn the value of team work and commitment. We have excellent facilities at Magnus with two state of the art performing arts studios and high quality teachers.

We also often encourage specialist dance and drama teachers to come in and teach our students less common forms of performing arts to further develop their knowledge and we are keen to enrich the lives of our students by allowing them to explore their talents.

Sport

The aim of the PE department is to encourage physical activity generally throughout the school and an understanding of the importance of a healthy lifestyle, as well as teaching the specifics of rules and regulations in a variety of sports. We also work in partnership with Newark Rowing club to give students the opportunity to try rowing from year 9.

By using innovative teaching methodology to boost students’ confidence and success, we are able to develop our students into creative thinkers who can solve physical challenges and perform in different activities. This also helps develop leadership and teamwork skills and build on the concepts of co- operation, tolerance, loyalty, honesty and sportsmanship.

We ensure opportunities to compete at both inter-form and regional competition level as well as providing extra-curricular clubs and activities during and after school. As an inclusive faculty we believe there is a sport to fit everyone’s interests and ability. With this in mind, we strive to find activities that suit each individual.