Enrichment & Cultural Capital

We strongly believe it is our role to introduce students to - and promote new - knowledge of things outside of the sphere of their everyday lives. We want them to encounter the best that has been thought and written in both their academic curriculum but also in the wider opportunities provided by the school.

At Hewett Academy we have a strong commitment to the added value of learning outside the classroom and beyond the academy’s premises. We seek to provide a broad and balanced range of opportunities for all of our students.

Our programme for April to July 2024 can be found below. 


Enrichment activities are booked online via clubs on MyChildAtSchool (MCAS) each full term. Places are available on a first come, first serve basis with waiting lists. If a student decides to drop out of an enrichment activity, the next student on the waiting list will receive priority. Should a student not attend an enrichment activity 3 times, their place is given to a student on the waiting list. Here is a useful guide to help you get started:

Information on booking enrichment activities


We arrange and facilitate activities that take place out of academy hours. These activities include:

  • All students have access to enrichment after school and these are regularly changed. For example, in this term our students have had access to triathlon training, digital arts club and much more! These enrichments are high quality and, whilst they are not formally taught elements of the curriculum, they are based around either the chance to volunteer, develop a new skill or take part in a physical activity. Students could develop their depth of interest in a certain subject (e.g. geography or art) or try something completely new (e.g. a new sport or creative genre). There are some opportunities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh's Award, to obtain extra qualifications or awards.

  • We believe European travel is an essential part of developing cultural capital beyond both what we understand in the UK and, to some extent, beyond even Europe. We will be developing a plan to ensure our students have access to foreign travel during their time at Hewett Academy after covid restrictions are fully lifted.

  • At the end of each year, we dedicate a few school days to really developing our love of our subjects and broad understanding through an activities week based around curriculum areas. During this time, students sign up to various workshops, trips and activities that sharpen their academic understanding but also work to develop their social, moral and cultural understanding.  Which includes our very popular “Manga Day”.

  • During the academic year, we have a series of planned school trips and events to enhance and enrich learning. For example, we have taken the whole of year 7 to the National Gallery in London, year 8 went to Walsingham and the North Norfolk coast and year 9 learnt camping skills.  We also take students on a fishing trip.

  • Our students have the opportunity to take part in our annual school musical collaboration with Jane Austen College and Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form.

  • Our library is an essential part of our enrichment and cultural offer to students, offering a wide variety of high-quality resources to help students understand the hinterland around their subjects.

  • We offer students a chance to be informed with current affairs and the news by buying in newspapers and developing an appreciation of art history and music (through the curriculum).




The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and the Venture Award

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people, aged between 14 and 24, which has been running since 1956.

The scheme aims to help young people gain essential skills, experience, confidence, and resilience to successfully navigate adult life. The mission behind the programme is to enable every young person of every background to do their DofE and succeed, regardless of any barriers. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides a balanced programme of activities that develops the whole person – mind, body and soul – in an environment of social interaction and teamworking. 

Taking part builds confidence and develops self-esteem, and the award requires persistence, commitment and has a lasting impact on the attitudes and outlook of all young people who take part. 

Hewett Academy is a licensed provider of the DofE and offers students in Year 9 and above the opportunity to embark or continue with their DofE. To show an expression of interest on behalf of your child please talk to your teacher. We will review the responses and begin work with those interested after the October half term. 

Find out more about the Duke of Edinburgh's Award

Although the DofE Award is for those aged between 14 and 24, we are conscious that students in Years 7 and 8 may be interested in pursuing this when they reach the appropriate age, but may be uncertain of what is involved. To support our younger students in preparing for the DofE, we are encouraging our students to embark on the Venture Award.

Our extra-curricular activities support students in completing the Venture Award along with other additional activities we will be provided later in the academic year. Please use the reply slip below to show your expressions of interest. We will review the responses and begin work with those interested after the October half term.

Find out more about the Venture Award


Our Year 9 students were given a day of fun on one of Norfolk’s tallest climbing walls, encouraging them to sign up for the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Read more about the event here



The £2 million Eileen Ash Sports Hall opened in September 2018 for the use of Hewett Academy students and those from Jane Austen College, as well as being available for community use outside of school hours.

The ultra-modern sports hall boasts provision for 4 badminton courts, netball, basketball, 5-a-side football, korfball, table tennis, volleyball, trampoline, and the hall has areas for martial arts and dance.   

Eileen Ash herself officially opened the sports hall in November Eileen Ash Sports Hall 1
2018. Eileen Ash is the oldest living international cricketer, having debuted for England in June 1937 and playing seven Test matches over her 12 year career, playing under the maiden name Eileen Whelan and notching up two centuries. She also worked for the civil service, and was seconded to MI6 during the Second World War.

Eileen Ash passed away in 2021 - you can read our tribute to her here.