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Enrichment & Cultural Capital

After school enrichment is on hold at the moment, more information regarding year group enrichment will be shared as soon as possible.

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. We do this in a range of ways.

  • Key Stage 3 students have access to an enrichment block on a Wednesday afternoon. 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. drama or science) or try something completely new (e.g. a new sport or art genre). There are some opportunities, such as the Duke of Edinburgh or IDEA, to obtain extra qualifications or awards.

  • We believe world 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.

  • 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.

  • During the academic year, we have a series of planned school trips and events to enhance and enrich learning. For example, a trip to see Shakespeare performed live or STEM-based workshops in school.

  • 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).

Please see below for our extra-curricular offer which runs until the end of the autumn term. 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and Venture Award 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award (DofE) is a scheme that has been running since 1956. It aims to help young people gain essential skills, experience, confidence, and resilience to successfully navigate adult life. The Hewett Academy is a licensed provider of the DofE and we are offering our students in Year 9 and above the opportunity to embark or continue with their DofE this academic year. 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 Award

The DofE is for young people 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


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 now resides in Norwich and at the age of 108 she likes to keep herself active by playing bowls and doing yoga.