Extra-Curricular Opportunities

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

There is so much going on at Co-op Academy Walkden. Below you will find an outline of the all the clubs and activities your son/daughter can go to.
A handy guide to weekly extra curricular clubs can be found here.
For the GCSE students, there are after school workshops available each week. These are designed to offer support with classwork, homework and exam preparation.

Combined Cadet Force

The Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is recognised as a first class, extracurricular activity. It provides exciting opportunities to exercise responsibly and learn leadership skills, in a disciplined environment.
Held in the Atrium, 3:15pm – 5:15pm every Tuesday.
The CCF is open to all students in Years 8-10. If you are interested in joining please see Contingent Commander Mrs Bawden.

Colouring Club 

Come and be mindful in colouring club. Held on a Thursday dinner time in E2, it is open to all students. If you bring your lunch, we will bring the nice felt tip pens, some colouring sheets and some peace and quiet. 


Y10 Walkden University. Enhance your knowledge of literature texts. This will be delivered in a lecture and seminar style;
Culture Club. Explores novels, plays, poetry, film in an engaging way to broaden reading and interests;
Walkden Literature Festival. A week of activities centred around World Book Day. Activities included: ‘Get Your Head In a Book’, Mad Hatter’s Tea Party, a photo booth and a Poetry Slam.
Share a Story Month. A month-long writing competition, on the theme set by Federation of Children’s Book Groups. Last year’s theme was Literature Across The World. This included workshops on different cultures of the world.
Live performances of GCSE texts in school by Manchester Actors Company for Years 10 and 11.


Year 9 and 10 students go to Italy to see the splendour of the ancient Roman empire. This trip is taken in the summer term.
We alternate the trips each year between 2 destinations. Both visits complement the GCSE Ancient History course. Also, they provide pupils with an unforgettable wider cultural experience and involve eating far too much delicious, authentic pasta and pizza!


French Grade 7-9 club and Spanish Grade 7-9 club. This is held in Global Zone on a Wednesday dinner time. Open to Year 10 and 11.
Year 7 Beginners Spanish Club and MFL Homework Club for Key Stage three students. This is held in Global Zone on a Friday dinner time.
We also organise extra-curricular events throughout the year. These include, European Day of languages, Cinco de Mayp and Bastille Day.
In the summer term we have a Year 7 French Spelling Bee and Poetry Competition.
Coming soon: Key Stage 3 Beginners German Club and MFL film club.

LRC activities

WOW club. Come and create your own piece of creative writing! Team up with a friend or go it alone. Perfect for all who are budding authors! WOW club is held in the LRC on a Monday 3pm – 4pm. Everyone welcome! 
Craft Club. Each week we pick a craft and try it out! This could be origami or badge making or knitting or drawing. Craft Club is held in the LRC every Tuesday 3pm – 4pm Everyone welcome!
ROFL club. Each year we take part in the Salford Children’s Book Award. We read a shortlist of books and vote for our favourites. ROFL club is held in the LRC every Wednesday 3pm – 4pm. Open to Year 7 and 8 students.
Quiz night. Every Friday, come and compete with your friends to be ultimate champions! We encourage pupils to create quizzes and be guest quiz masters. A wonderful way to end the week. Quiz night is held in the LRC every Friday from 3pm – 4pm. Everyone welcome! 
Homework drop in. Every night, the LRC is open from 2:50pm until 4pm for pupils to be able to complete homework. There is always staff on hand to help out. Everyone is welcome. 


iDEA Club. Time for students to carry out tasks to gain Bronze, Silver and gold badges. Gold to be awarded to students by Duke of York. This club is held in Core 3 on a Thursday lunch time and is open to Year 7, 8 and 9 students. 
Other extra curricular throughout the year:  Chess Club,  Year 7/8 UKMT Junior Maths Challenge, Year 9/10 UKMT Intermediate Maths Challenge, Year 10 Maths Feast.


There are a variety of opportunities to get involved in music outside the classroom. Daily clubs including; vocal groups, bands, musical theatre and ukulele.
Other extra curricular throughout the year include: Performance events, Expression Showcase, Christmas Showcase and the annual Musical Production.
Students also perform out in the community supporting events like the local Christmas lights switch on.


In PE there are many activities to get involved in. PE have lot of different teams. As well as the weekly extra curricular activities, students also compete in local and national competitions, such as cross country.


STEM Club. Come along and take part in fun experiments and investigations. Lots of fun Science and Engineering activities with a few seasonal things throughout the year! STEM club is held in D8 on a Monday 3pm – 4pm. It is open to all students but is aimed at Key Stage 3.