Student Life Outside of the Classroom

Being a Sixth Form student isn’t all about being in a classroom.

Be believe at Jesmond Park Academy we create outstanding opportunities for our students to get involved in projects, clubs, events and external trips that will enhance their experience within our Sixth Form.

Our students are involved in a wide range of activities and societies. We know Sixth Formers want to run their own lives and students are encouraged to start up their own activities, receiving support from members of the Sixth Form Team to do so. These range from bands and sports societies to cultural and study groups. Additionally the school also supports the following activities and events...

World Challenge group photo

World Challenge

This expedition at the end of Year 12 is an established feature of Sixth Form life. Previous expeditions have included: Morocco, Swaziland, Malaysia, Ecuador and Thailand. Trips have involved climbing up a seven tier waterfall, working in a remote jungle community building toilets in a local village. In the last Thailand trip, in 2019, students attended a Thai cookery class, visited a temple and enjoyed some relaxation on the island of Ko Samet. Completing a World Challenge expedition can be very demanding. Students develop skills in problem solving, teamwork and communication. It is a fantastically rewarding experience, and for many, a once in a lifetime opportunity to experience different places and cultures.
Student council

Student Council

Members of our Sixth Form Student Council play an active
role in the running of their Sixth Form. They provide feedback from the rest of the student body, make suggestions about improving facilities and coordinate fundraising events. They also collaborate with the lower school student council to address issues across the whole school. The Council have historically supported charities such as Barnardo’s, St Oswald’s Hospice, Children in Need, Marie Curie Cancer Care and Unicef. Plus, our local charities, fundraising for homeless and refugee services based here in the North East.
Sixth Form School Council at Jesmond Park Academy

Sixth Form Magazine

Professionally produced by Sixth Form students with one issue per term, articles include news, reviews, letters and creative writing.

Students take on all aspects of the design and production process: writing articles, taking and editing photographs, conducting interviews and designing the layout, bringing flair and originality to the pages. Every issue produced sells out completely.
Duke of Edinburgh

Duke of Edinburgh

Jesmond Park Academy Sixth Form students have the opportunity to complete the Gold level Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

You achieve your Award by completing a personal programme of activities in five sections: Volunteering, Physical, Skills, Expedition and a Residential. You’ll find yourself helping people or the community, getting fitter, developing skills, going on an expedition and taking part in a residential activity. You choose your programme and along the way you’ll pick up experiences, friends and talents that will stay with you for the rest of your life.
Sixth Form Volunteering

Sixth Form Volunteering Programme

Every year we invite our Sixth Form students to support students in lower school. They may help out in lessons once or twice a week or work with individual students who need extra support with their literacy.

We also run a service which matches volunteers from Sixth Form with younger students who have English as an additional language. They provide an invaluable service, supporting vulnerable students and helping them to settle into the school and access the curriculum. All of our Sixth Form Mentors are fully trained and receive support and guidance whilst participating in the scheme.
Sixth Form leavers group

Year 13 Leavers’ Group

The leavers’ group is instrumental in organising the
final events for students towards the end of Year 13.

The group work tremendously hard on the leavers’ yearbook and
hoodies, which proves to be a great success year on year. The leavers’ group is also involved in the organisation and planning of the Summer Ball.

Sports and Sixth Form Teams

The indoor and outdoor sports facilities at Jesmond Park Academy are outstanding and a large number of our students are involved in a variety of different sports activities and sports teams, including football, rugby, athletics, basketball, netball and golf to name a few. Our facilities include grass and all weather pitches, Sports Hall, Gymnasium, Fitness suite, Netball courts, Tennis Courts and Athletics facilities.
Jesmond Park Academy runs an elite basketball programme with the Newcastle Eagles. This is available to all students in school, you can train with our Eagles coach, be selected to play in our teams and compete in regional and national competitions alongside your A Level or BTEC studies. Many students have gone onto play for the Eagles Academy teams or even the BBL team. Others have gone on to become community coaches, referees and table officials.