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Clubs & activities

'The Academy has an extensive extra-curricular programme of sport, outdoor pursuits, art, music and drama that inspires pupils to strive for personal excellence outside of the classroom.' Ofsted 2015

GCA students get significant benefit from the extra-curricular activities we offer, all of which challenge them physically and mentally and enable them to meet new people and try new things.

The value of our outdoor education programme was recognised at Haringey Council's Outstanding for All Awards in December 2016 when we received the award for Outstanding Achievement in Sport and the Arts.

An impressive number of students take part in outdoor education, performing arts and sports – all activities with a long-standing tradition at GCA. Well over seventy-five percent go on a residential outdoor trip each year and those taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme combine outdoor pursuits with community activity. The Performing Arts Centre is in constant use beyond the school day as students develop their skills supported by staff and professional performers. Sports teams are successful year on year in national competitions and many former students play at international level.

Other well-established clubs that cater for a wide range of interests include art, debating and public speaking, enterprise, computing, film and languages.

More recent initiatives are proving just as popular. Students delve into the fields of politics, history, literature, psychology and science in classics and philosophy clubs. Since introducing sailing to our outdoor education programme, over 200 students have gained sailing qualifications and our Year 11 crew has raced competitively against professional crews in GCA’s own yacht, Scaramouche.

Students relish the challenge that GCA’s many STEM projects offer. Building and racing electronic cars, designing flight simulators, constructing and testing hybrid rockets, developing robots and drones – all these activities involve students working in mixed-age teams and offer them opportunities to test themselves against the best that other schools have to offer.