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Copleston High School


  • Wind Band
  • String Group
  • String Quartet
  • Choir
  • Steel pans
  • Brass group
  • Jazz band
  • Orchestra
  • Guitar group
  • Grade V theory classes


Outside speakers on a range of issues including:

  • Perspectives (relationships)
  • Debbie Logan (Cancer)
  • Suffolk Live Well (Operation Smoke Screen)
  • Flexi day this summer about having a safe night out (guest speakers including the police, an ex-user, school nurse etc.)


  • Colchester Zoo visit
  • Visit to Sizewell Nuclear Power Station
  • Year 8 Gifted & Talented Chemistry competition
  • Year 9 Gifted & Talented Physics Competition
  • Y7 Forensics Day
  • Workshops run by Institute of Physics  for pupils
  • Venue for Science Learning centre courses
  • Spectroscopy in a suitcase – visiting lecturer
  • Revision sessions in holidays


  • Design Competition in conjunction with several local businesses

KS4 Media Studies

  • Coursework/classwork 'drop-in' centre every Wednesday afternoon. This allows students to get one-to-one teacher support and/or help from the Media Studies Student Leaders


  • Robotics Club


  • School production – including opportunities for pupils to learn how to use the sound and lighting equipment
  • Theatre visits
  • Touring theatre company workshops

Business Studies and Economics

  • Economics revision conferences
  • Business Studies holiday & after school revision sessions
  • Business enterprise hub challenge

Travel & Tourism

  • Tourism student-organised trips


  • Senior (Year 12 and 13) Maths Challenge
  • Intermediate (Year 9, 10, and 11) Maths Challenge
  • Junior (Year 7 and 8) Maths Challenge
  • Senior Maths Team Challenge (Year 12 & 13)
  • Year 10 Team Maths Challenge
  • Year 8 & 9 Teams Maths Challenge
  • National Cipher challenge run by Southampton University - open to all students from Year 9 onwards


  • Colchester Zoo Trip for Year 13s
  • AQA student conference in London for Years 12/13
  • Field trip to town centre to conduct Psychological research


  • Year 9 – work with the History dept. on Remembrance Day
  • Visits to The Tate and Tate Modern
  • Visit to the Summer exhibition at the Royal Academy
  • Visit to the National Portrait Gallery
  • Visits to the town and dockland area with Year 12
  • Rosehill Art day
  • Art Club on Wednesday 2pm
  • Years 10 &11 “Extra Art”
  • This Year we worked with the Rotary Club with a Peace conference –making cranes


  • Great War Memorial Service
  • Hampton Court Palace Visit
  • Battlefields Residential Trip
  • Belgium World War One trip
  • Dora Love Holocaust
  • Great War Memorial Service

Health & Social Care/Child Development

Cache activities

  • Ongoing Early Years Sector placements weekly, for Years 11-13.
  • Colchester Zoo planning & organising a trip for children.
  • Links with and visits to local Children’s Centres and Montessori school.

HSC activities

  • Visits and workshop from professionals working in Health, Social Care and Early Years Sectors.
  • Ongoing link with all related work Experience settings related to HSC, as linked to Controlled Assessment.
  • Visit to, and involvement with, Children’s Hospice on a regular basis
  • Working in partnership with Chatterbox Children’s Centre both CACHE & HSC


  • Theatre visits
  • Spelling Bee
  • National Poetry Day
  • Book Mastermind
  • Poetry by Heart
  • Youth Speaks
  • Young Writers
  • Poetry Live


  • Sociology of Crime conference’ each year
  • We host police teams covering hate crime, forced marriage, domestic violence and trafficking. They work with students on the nature of crime and criminal policy, usually in the summer term.


  • Islam GCSE for Muslim students


  • A revision session with Senior Examiner for Years 10 and 11
  • KS3 and Year 10 take part in “Have Your Say Competition” regional competition for Languages
  • KS3 Theatre Company (Onatti) visits school, this year the play was “En el campamento”
  • Senior Examiner session for Year 12/13
  • Spanish Exchange involving KS3/4/5


  • French Exchange
  • Have Your Say Competition
  • Franco/Spanglovision with primaries
  • Workshops with chief examiners
  • French visiting theatre companies/workshops