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Wellacre's Co-Curricular Programme is a Big Hit!

Posted at 12:10 pm on 20th November, 2018

Ex-student starts after-school Boxing Club

Wellacre students have been enjoying an exciting new model of co-curricular learning, with an extended school day once-a-week.

Every Wednesday, the school has developed a programme of activities from which students can select sessions including cryptography, astronomy, debating, the Duke of Edinburgh Awards, STEM, Japanese, BBC School report and much more!

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Former Wellacre student, Billy McNamara, has returned to launch his own Boxing Club as a co-curricular choice.  

Billy said:

“I am keen to be a part of the community and when I was invited to be part of the Co-Curricular Programme at Wellacre, I jumped at the opportunity.  I want to give something back to Wellacre as I loved my time here.”

“Wellacre was really supportive when I was a student here; they were always there for me, even after I left.  They have always welcomed me back, it’s a great community school.”

Billy left Wellacre in 2009, pursuing BTEC Sport at Pendleton College before studying a BSc Sport Science degree at Edge Hill University.  Currently an NQT at Harpurhey Alternative Provision, Billy has also established Urmston Boxing Club early this year and it is set to become the first amateur boxing gym in the area.

Billy adds:

“I think boxing should be taught in all schools.  It brings kids of all academic and sporting abilities together and helps build their confidence.  Some Wellacre students are already part of Urmston Boxing Club and it has given them a chance to be leaders, as they act as role models for our younger members.”

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Mrs O’Neill, Leader of Humanities and Co-Curricular, as well as Billy’s form tutor (from 2005-2009) whilst he was at Wellacre, said:

“I feel so proud to welcome Billy back to run our boxing sessions. It’s a privilege to see how he has matured and progressed into a someone who is having a real influence on young people's’ lives. It’s lovely to catch up with him, as he’s a student with whom I worked closely; it feels as though life has come full circle and emphasises the fact that Wellacre really is like a special family.”

With the Co-Curricular Programme, Wellacre aims to enhance the learning opportunities for students in such as way as to go beyond the usual curriculum.   Not only will this expand their knowledge, provide life experiences and enhance skills, but the opportunity to participate in varying co-curricular areas, will also improve their CV and subsequent chances to impress colleges and employers in the future.

Urmston Boxing Club class timetable:

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