The Holgate Academy offers a range of extra-curricular opportunities for students aimed at enriching their experience at the academy and providing them with additional skills to prepare them for life outside of the classroom.


We offer a range of clubs and societies which students can get involved in spanning the arts, science, music and drama. We have a music production club, various study clubs on different subjects, science clubs, Dungeons & Dragons role-playing game club, and photography activities, to name just a few.

To view our full extra-curricular guide – with individual year timetables and site maps – click on front cover image below:

The Holgate Academy Extra-curricular activities guide 2023

Trips and visits

The Holgate Academy is committed to supporting learning through carefully planned educational visits. This is part of the our required role to provide a broad and balanced curriculum that provides spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development that prepares young people for the opportunities and experiences of adult life.

Our students take part in trips and visits such as:

  • sports teams away fixtures;
  • regular local visits;
  • visits to higher education institutions;
  • day visits for various year groups;
  • residential visits;
  • voluntary work;
  • adventure activities; and
  • work experience.

Guest speakers

Throughout the academic year, we invite a number of guest speakers to the academy to enhance students’ knowledge and understanding and to provide them with essential life skills. These include representatives from business and industry, voluntary organisations and charities.  Topics have included internet and online safety, essential CPR skills, and young people’s health and lifestyles.

Holgate reporters

We take part in the BBC Young Reporter (formerly BBC School Report) and have a team of Holgate reporters – budding journalists who interview local politicians, community members, business representatives, celebrities and local sports stars. This provides students with superb interviewing, listening, writing and online publishing skills and is a great addition to CVs.

Community links

We have many strong community links, locally, within the UK and internationally. These partnerships have seen our students benefit from activities such as participating in the Shakespeare Festival and a Dragons’ Den style competition run in collaboration with the local police force. Local business also contribute to our skills days providing excellent workshops for students.

Internationally, we have a strong historical relationship with Armenia, after being paired-up with The Lord Byron School, which the UK government helped to rebuild after an earthquake devastated the country.

We are also very proud of the strong and fruitful relationships we have with our local community partners – the Lovelace Theatre Group, Formation Training Centre, the Watnall Road Art Group, the Battle Batten Charity, local residents groups and Hucknall Tesco to name a few.