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At Ashton Sixth it's not all about timetabled lessons. We also have a rich and varied programme of extra-curricular activities.

The core programme presents opportunities for students to get involved in study and experiences that fall outside the realm of their subject choices.

Academic Enrichment

These include:

  • The Extended Project Qualification (more information can be found in our Student Handbook)
  • Talks from visiting speakers
  • Oxbridge and competitive courses preparation
  • Science - CREST Gold Award
  • University access programmes such as Access to Bristol and Bristol Scholars
  • Volunteering opportunities with younger students at Ashton Park as well as at the primary schools in our Trust

Wednesday Enrichment

Every Wednesday afternoon students have a break from their usual timetables and take part in other activities. Examples include:

  • Gold Duke of Edinburgh Award 
  • Sport for fun and use of our on-site gym (this can also be used during free study periods)
  • Sports teams such as football, basketball and badminton
  • Craft Club
  • Wellbeing and life skills
  • Sports Leaders award
  • Debating club



Throughout the academic year we also offer the opportunity to take part in day trips and residentials, both in the UK and abroad. Our usual calendar includes:

  • Opportunities for international travel such as our annual ski holiday, expedition to Tanzania and Iceland trip
  • An annual residential surf trip in Devon
  • Trips planned around careers and university options
  • Subject-related day trips 

Trips are a great way to improve students' skills, talents and self-confidence but also improve your CV and help enrich the school’s community. 


Pastoral Days

Ashton Sixth runs three pastoral days a year. The activities during these days will vary throughout the year but in the past have covered activities such as martial arts; cooking on a budget and sexual health. We expect all students to attend the pastoral days.