Extra-Curricular, Visits and Trips
Robert Bloomfield values enrichment activities, and feels they contribute greatly to the ethos of the school and that the children benefit enormously from these opportunities. We run a large amount of clubs and activities (46 in KS2 and 54 in KS3), including 3D Modelling/ CAD Club, Computers, Robotics, Gardening, Gymnastics, Dance, Science, Reading, French Film Club and Creative Writing.
Current Extra-Curricular Clubs
There are six trips and we feel they are a real contributor to our school ethos:
Year 5 - Three day outdoor pursuits to Chasewater, Staffs.
Year 6 - Four day visit to France.
Year 7 - Five days outdoor pursuits in Cornwall, Years 7/8 - Ski Trip.
Year 8 - Four days in the Peak District, Years 7/8 - Ski Trip.
Sport at RBA
We have an impressive reputation for sporting excellence with provision for all kinds of sporting opportunities. We were the National Schools’ Athletics Champions in 2009; in addition we have reached regional and national finals in rugby, football, hockey, indoor athletics, athletics and cross-country in the last three years too. We field teams for inter-school fixtures in cricket, rounders, netball, hockey, rugby, football, gymnastics, table tennis, badminton, basketball, cross-country running, athletics and swimming. Fixtures and teams are created for all levels of participation. There are also numerous extra-curricular activities before school, at lunch time, after school and occasionally on weekends. The school has excellent facilities for sport, including a large sports hall, a floodlit Astroturf, extensive playing fields and a gymnasium.
Current Sport Clubs
Performing Arts is an integral part of school life and pupils ‘elect’ to do drama as part of Year 8 options. Recent drama productions have included, ‘Aladdin’, ‘The Lion King’ and ‘Beauty and the Beast’ and there are termly dance or drama productions where pupils can showcase their talent. Our ‘cheerleading’ squad are extremely talented and have won numerous competitions.
Current Performing Arts Clubs
- KS2 Cheerleading
- KS3 Cheerleading
- KS2 Dance company
- KS3 Dance company
- Production acting/singing
- Production dance
Music has an important place in the school with many children joining in music activities in their own time. Many children (usually around 250 children each year) learn to play string, woodwind and brass instruments with tuition from visiting tutors. The school receives a subsidy towards the cost of providing instrumental lessons and parents are asked to pay a termly fee to cover the full cost. Complete details of the instrumental tuition scheme are available on request. Many children then join our bands, KS2 pop choir, Glee Club and orchestra and take part in our termly concerts or visit local schools or community groups to perform.
Current Music Clubs
The Pupil Support Room is the pastoral base for the school. Our aim is to develop and maintain emotional wellbeing and to create an environment in which pupils feel happy, confident and valued so they are able to thrive academically. On a day to day basis we are here to help any pupil should they need any additional support. We are also the gateway to accessing support from Central Bedfordshire Council and external agencies via the Early Help process. We regularly liaise with these outside agencies and parents to ensure our pupils are getting the extra support they need to be able to fulfil their potential. We also run a number of clubs aimed at boosting pupils' social skills, self-esteem and confidence.
The student council consists of a delegate from each form group (32) and an Executive council (6). The council discusses issues and concerns that are raised in form groups, these are then fed back to the Head of School and clarity/solutions are worked out together. The council also has an annual grant to spend on activities/equipment that improve the pupil’s experience of school. Recent developments have been landscaping the year 5 playground and additional water fountains around school.
Learning Resource Centre
The LRC is the central hub for learning in the school. It accommodates over 3500 books and hosts 6 state of the art i-desks that pupils can use to research topics covered in class or write book reviews via the library system. The LRC also doubles up as an additional CPD/conference space for over 60 particpiants.
There are numerous pupil leadership opportunities available for pupils to apply for. These are designed to develop self-confidence and self-esteem as well as developing independence, commitment and critical thinking. There is an application form to complete for each role and the roles range from school ambassadors and student council members to zoo keepers and LRC monitors.
At RBA we seek to embrace technology and the internet and prefer to educate the pupils to ensure they are safe when working on line. Internet safety is a regular topic for year group and whole school assemblies. We also work closely with Kevin Gourlay from ChildNet to ensure our pupils understand the potential pitfalls of the internet. Kevin also works with our parents to keep them up to speed with current trends and hazards.