The Barlow is a Catholic school: our Core Values of ‘Service’, ‘Prayer’, ‘Achieve’ and ‘Respect’ are at the heart of everything we do. Alongside our extensive curriculum, we provide our students with a wide range of co-curricular activities, trips and events to provide opportunities help young people to explore and express their character and build the skills they need for resilience, empathy and employability.
Co-curriculum (including extra-curriculum activities) refers to the activities and learning experiences that
take place in school alongside the academic curriculum. Academic attainment is a key element of school life and it is complemented by a broad and enriching co-curriculum to provide a rounded education.
The purpose of any Co-curricular Event, Educational Visit and Activity at The Barlow are:
To improve academic performance
Some students worry that participating in co-curricular activities may take away too much time from their schoolwork, thus affecting their grades; however, co-curricular activities can actually improve your grades and your outlook on school in general. Participating in activities you are passionate about can increase your brain function, help you concentrate and manage your time better, all of which can contribute to higher grades. Studies have been conducted on the relationship between co-curricular activities and academic performance, and the conclusions being that students who participate in them have higher grades, more positive attitudes toward school and higher academic aspirations.
To explore interests and create broader perspectives
When you participate in multiple different activities, you’ll get the opportunity to explore a range of interests and unlock passions you never knew you had.
To increase self-esteem
The more you achieve success through activities you’re passionate about, the more your self-confidence will improve. Once your confidence improves, you’ll be more open to taking risks in all aspects of your life, not just the things you are good at.
To provide social opportunities and experiences students may not have been given the opportunity before
Each co-curricular activity you engage in provides you with another opportunity to expand your social network. Some opportunities offered to you might be activities, events or trips you have never had the opportunity to experience before.
To provide essential life skills such as, goal setting, teamwork, time management, prioritisation, problem solving, analytical thinking, leadership, public speaking
The more you push yourself in your co-curricular endeavours, the more you’ll develop these skills.
To support CV and College applications
Make your CV or College application stand out from the rest. Show them all the skills you have built that you will need for resilience, empathy and employability.
- Educational Event – an in-school activity that takes place outside of the classroom or timetabled lesson.
- Educational Visit – an activity that takes place away from school.
- Co-Curricular Activity – a regular activity that takes place in school which is not part of students timetabled lessons.
Alongside the school’s ethos and taught curriculum there is strong provision for co-curricular activities. Our programme is designed to focus on high quality activities across a wide spectrum of different domains which enable our students to participate over time, learn and improve in their chosen activities and compete or perform as appropriate.
Educational Visits and Events that took place in 2019-2020:
“Great to see how well communities can unite and spread the message of God.” Marian Procession
“It gave me an insight into what it would be like if I choose Drama at GCSE. It was also inspiring to watch Barlow pupils acting in a performance” An Inspector Calls Performance
“I feel like I understand the book more now from watching it.” A Christmas Carol Performance
“It was great to see where some of the money for our charities goes and it was interesting listening to how they train the dogs.” Guide Dog Visit
“I didn’t realise how young people were being manipulated into this, I always thought it was their own choice.” County Lines Workshop
“It made me feel like I had a big role in voting for the election.” School General Election
“My Mum and Dad got to watch my play – it was great.” Carol Concert
“It is nice to be recognised for my hard work in school, being rewarded makes me put more effort into my lessons.” VIP Breakfast
“It made Science fun, the dry ice was amazing when he poured it down the stairs.” Science Show
“Today really challenged my confidence. I loved seeing and hearing about all the different jobs and the different salaries.” Capital FM Visit
Educational Visits and Events
Half Term 1
|Macmillan Bake sale||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Discovery Day – Marist Centre||✓|
|County Lines Workshop||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Street Doctor Workshop||✓||✓||✓|
|Aspire Afternoon Tea||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Wear Red for Racism Day||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
Half Term 2
|Manchester Youth Council||✓||✓||✓|
|John Rylands Library/Gothic Writing||✓|
|Peter Pan Goes Wrong||✓|
|An Inspector Calls Performance||✓|
|A Christmas Carol Performance||✓|
|Aspire mentoring site visit – BNY Mellon||✓||✓|
|Nandos – Football Beyond Boarders||✓||✓|
|School General Election||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Old Folks Party||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Christmas Control sing in Didsbury Village||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Young Carers Christmas Party||✓||✓|
|Guide Dog Visit||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Reward Breakfast and Movie – Big 3 Challenge||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Half Term 3||Savio House Residential Religious Retreat||✓|
|Ghyll Head revision weekend||✓|
|Dr Prabitha Chitsabesan – NHS Careers Talk||✓|
|Holocaust Prayer Chain||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Capital FM Visit||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Tesco Bag Pack||✓||✓|
|Maths Intervention Nando’s Trip||✓|
|Young Carers Awareness Day||✓|
|Half Term 4||Polestar Planetarium||✓|
|Geography Formby Trip||✓|
|Knife Crime Assembly||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Maths Competition Xaverian College||✓|
Activities that took place in 2019-2020:
|Table Tennis and Badminton||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|5 –a-side Football||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Grade 5 Theory||✓||✓|
|KS4 Music Coursework Club|
|Maths Lunchtime Club||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|KS4 Homework Club||✓||✓|
|Maths Aiming High 7 to 9||✓|
|MFL Drop in||✓|
|Piano and Vocals||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Music – Strings||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Music – Woodwind||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|These Girls can Code||✓|
The Barlow plays an important role in ensuring that we offer a good range of co-curricular opportunities, so that all students are able to access them. We prides ourselves in the large percentage of students that participate in our co-curricular programme.
|Trips and Events||Activities|
|1 or more||2 or more||3 or more||1 or more||2 or more||3 or more|
|Half Term 1||99%||83%||28%||60%||32%||15%|
|Half Term 2||98%||96%||78%||68%||37%||19%|
|Half Term 3||54%||5%||0.2%||61%||29%||13%|
|Half Term 4||94%||16%||1%||60%||25%||14%|