At Longdendale High School we strongly believe that enrichment gives students opportunities to try new and varied activities that may not strictly fit into the curriculum, but that develop talents and interests, character, resilience, motivation, and encourage them to pursue wider goals.

Alongside helping to teach life skills, enrichment can develop an appreciation for cultural and community issues, teamwork and social responsibility. 
Students at Longdendale High School are invited to take part in a range of activities outside of lesson time to further enhance their educational experience. Students may complete homework and independent study as part of the wider out-of-hours provision provided. 


More information coming soon

Enrichment Week

During the final week of the academic year, Longdendale High School is proud to offer all students the opportunity to participate in a week of extra-curricular activities.
Contributing to students’ aspirational culture through active engagement in enrichment, we offer all students a menu of choices with a range of cost, activity, and location to suit all tastes and budgets.
Enrichment week details will be sent out during the Spring Term annually.

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding personal development programme for young people.

The Award operates in three main sections:

  • Bronze (for those aged 14 and over) 
  • Silver (for those aged 15 and over)
  • Gold (for those aged 16 and over)

Please note the Bronze award is offered to Year 9 students, whilst the Silver award is offered to Year 10 students. We do not run the gold award at school, but students have successfully completed this award whilst studying at Ashton Sixth Form College.


The aim is to encourage the development of practical, social skills and personal interests.

Benefits for the participant:

  • Develop practical and social skills
  • Meet new people
  • Organise and manage time
  • Discover how to research information
  • Set and respond to a challenge
  • Work with others
  • Enjoy sharing
  • Discover new talents

Volunteering Service

The aim is to encourage service to individuals and to the community.

Benefits for the participant:

•    Make a personal contribution
•    Appreciate the needs of others and contribute to their well-being
•    Trust and be trusted
•    Understand personal strengths and weaknesses
•    Increase self-esteem
•    Overcome prejudice and fears
•    Generate positive action in the community
•    Accept responsibility

Physical Recreation

The aim is to encourage participation and improvement in physical activity.

Benefits for the participant:

•    Enjoy keeping fit
•    Improve fitness
•    Discover new abilities
•    Raise self-esteem
•    Extend personal goals
•    Set and respond to a challenge
•    Experience a sense of achievement


The aim is to encourage a spirit of adventure and discovery.

Benefits for the participant:

•    Plan and execute a task
•    Demonstrate enterprise and imagination
•    Work as a member of a team
•    Respond to a challenge
•    Develop self-reliance
•    Develop leadership skills
•    Recognise the needs and strengths of others
•    Make decisions and accept the consequences
•    Reflect on personal performance
•    Enjoy and appreciate the countryside

The Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) is an accredited learning programme designed to support students through the transition from primary to secondary education. Here at Longdendale High School, we are using JASS as a way of improving students’ self-confidence, developing key interpersonal skills such as communication, teamwork and problem solving, as well as helping to build sustainable and healthy living habits.

Students collect evidence of their work across the four JASS sections – Me and My World, My Interests, Get Active, Stay Active & Adventure - storing it either in their JASS folder or online at e-Jass. Upon successful completion of the four sections, pupils are awarded JASS certificate and pin badge.

If you would like more information on JASS please speak to Mrs Kelly (JASS Co-Ordinator) or visit the JASS website here.

What does a Student Leader do?

  • Demonstrates ASPIRE values at all times
  • Motivated yet approachable leader with the ability to work in a team
  • Organised and dedicated to improving the school environment through ASPIRE values
  • Excellent role model
  • Trustworthy and reliable
  • Committed to interests

Who can apply to be a Student Leader?

Anyone in Year 10 can apply to be Head Boy and Head Girl or learners can apply to be part of the Senior Leadership team.  We have an application process which learners must follow to be appointed. There is application form to fill in which details the personal qualities we expect these learners to demonstrate and a description of the duties of the role. The application needs to state how the learners meet the person specification and why they should be appointed, as well as how they would complete the responsibilities of the leadership role, followed by interviews for the position of Head Boy and Head Girl.

We are always looking for learners who want to have a voice and play an active part in school life, people who can be role models and embody the ASPIRE values to ultimately enrich and improve Longdendale High School.

What is School Council?

All learners from Year 7-11 can also play an important role within student leadership by being a Form Representative or a Year Representative for the School Council. Form Reps and Year Reps are democratically elected by their peers and attend half-termly meetings to discuss proposals for change and to evaluate how the School Council can further improve our Longdendale community. This then gets presented to the senior members of staff and changes are discussed and, in many cases, implemented.

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