Whilst we pride ourselves on our academic excellence, Retford Oaks Academy is not just about exams. In addition to working hard and striving for exam success, each student is encouraged to progress with their personal and social skills. The Academy provides many activities outside of the timetable to enable students to express themselves, develop their talents and try something new.

We deliver an excellent programme of enrichment which includes sport, music, and drama together with a number of Learning Enrichment Days throughout the year.

Involvement in our Student Council allows individuals the chance to have their say on matters important to them in the Academy, with their ideas presented to senior staff and implemented where appropriate.

The Council is made up of mixed-age students and is a great way of developing responsibility and improving communication. Many students choose to get involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. This gives a chance to experience new activities, make new friendships and develop as individuals. Through a mixture of activities – physical, skill, volunteering and expeditions - students work towards Bronze, Silver, and Gold Awards, supported by Academy staff and mentors.

Residential trips take place throughout the year linked to curriculum areas such as PE, Geography and History. These have included visits to France, Spain and Germany in recent years, alongside visits within the UK.

We are also proud of our close links with the British Legion and the role we play in raising awareness of the annual Poppy Appeal. This is one example of how we embrace the British Values agenda and promote it throughout the Academy.

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