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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 extra curricular clubs

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.

Animation and Coding club

Are you interested in making your own short animations? Do you want to the learn how to use the software to make your creative ideas look like the professionals? Then come to Animation club. Here you will learn how to create your own animations, using the latest software. You will also learn the highly sought after skills of coding. Create your own websites and get the skills to become highly employable! Animation and coding club can be found in C018 on a Tuesday dinner time. All students are welcome.

Bugsy Malone Rehearsals

Our Academy production for 2020 is ‘Bugsy Malone’. The production will take place from 11th – 13th March 2020. The dance, drama and music department are working hard to rehearse with the students throughout the week in the run up to the show.

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.

Find out more about Walkden’s Combined Cadet Force here.

Calligraphy Club 

Practice your handwriting and improve your fin motor control. Learn how to create beautiful writing in different styles to create personalised cards or letters. Calligraphy Club is held in Co14 on a Tuesday after school.

Chess Club

Do you have the strategy to become a Grand Master or do you just love flexing your intellectual muscles? Then Chess club is for you. Come and learn how to play this game of skills and logic. If you can play already, join others in a friendly game. Chess club is open to all students and is held in C08 on a Friday dinner time.

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.

Dance Revision and Dance Club

Dance revision is held in the Dance Studio for any student taking GCSE or BTEC dance. It’s a great time to come a practice your dance, add to your ideas or complete some coursework in a more relaxed environment.  If you are in Key Stage three and love ALL dance, then dance club is for you! From Contemporary dance to Latin American, a variety of styles are explored in Dance club.

Debate Club

Do you like to argue? Can you do this is a controlled manner that means you clearly get your point across and win?! Would you like to learn to do this? Then Debate Club is for you. Open to all students, the Debate Club will teach you to argue your point on a given subject so that you convince others that you are right! The Debate club is part of the Debate Mate organisation and enter national competitions throughout the year.

English Clubs

Y10 Walkden University. Enhance your knowledge of literature texts. This will be delivered in a lecture and seminar style;

Walkden Eye – The school newspaper, run by the students for the students. Packed full of topical news and interesting recipes, craft ideas and quizzes.

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.

Geography Club

Geography club meet on a Tuesday dinner time in G1. They take part in quizzes, games and lead projects on current events and issues.


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!

iDEA club

iDEA club is part of a global charity and aim to work towards gaining their Bronze, Silver and Gold Inspiring Digital Enterprise Award. Through completing a series of online challenges, students unlock new learning about the digital industries and also rewards badges. Unlock enough to get the next level of your iDEA Award. The Walkden iDEA club is held in Co3 at dinner time on Thursday and is aimed at Key Stage three students.

Language Clubs 

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

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!

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 with. 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.  If teams aren’t your thing, then PE host a multi sport club every day at dinner time, along with a fitness club for Key stage three too. Download the PE Extra Curricular Term 2 timetable here.


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.

Table Top Games Club

Table top games club has just become part of the Warhammer Allience. If you love Warhammer or any other table top games, then join them on a Wednesday after school in D5.