There are a range of clubs and activities that may inspire more able students at Tapton. Here is a snapshot of what is on offer:
- Debating Club – Key Stage 4 – a team of 15 debaters meet on a weekly basis to discuss issues that affect young people. Recent debates have been “This house would ban Disney princesses”, “This house would stop funding for faith schools”, and “This house would demolish all community public libraries”. With the controversial issues we debate, students are challenged to empathise, think on their feet, and put together an objective argument for their appointed side. Furthermore, we have entered and had successes in national competitions such as Oxford Schools. This year, in 2017, the debating team are hosting the Sheffield Schools Competition, modelling a teacher-student debate during our whole school Debating Day, and entering public speaking competitions with the English Speaking Uion.
- Magistrates Mock Trial Competition – Y9 – A team of Lawyers, Magistrates, Witnesses and Legal Advisors are trained by staff with visits from professionals to face a court room trial. They will go head to head against another school in the competition. Their quest is to be the best at questioning witness testimony and cross examination of the evidence under the pressure of a busy court room.
- KS3 STEM Club – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Y7; Y8 & Y9 STEM clubs are open for all students. They develop team working/ problem solving skills and have the opportunity to work with engineers from industry as they progress through the clubs. Y7 complete Bronze CREST Awards; y8 Silver awards and y9 do a long term project with a company. All present projects at regional competitions and we've always had some success at this level to go on to the national Big Bang Fair.
- Further Mathematics: Our maths teachers have paired up with Sheffield University to facilitate extra problem solving sessions. All our KS5 further mathematicians attend these classes on a weekly basis.
- Science A-Level: British Physics Olympiad AS Level- Awards available for Participation, Bronze, Silver and Gold award. We organise Nuffield Science placements for y12 students in summer holidays; 4 weeks Research at Universtity. We encourage y12 students to participate in EDT Headstart courses at University; 4 day taster courses about engineering. The Engineering Education Scheme is for 4 or 5 y12 students each year. They apply; are chosen by interview and work with a company for 6 months on a real engineering problem This involves residential sessions and celebration days where they present written, pictorial and verbal presentations. They usually achieve their Gold CREST Award as a result and have been on to national competitions to present their projects. In addition, we nominate physicist for Cambridge University Senior Physics Challenge. If successful they spend 4 days at Cambridge immersed in high level Physics and Maths.
- English run book clubs for every year group. These involve a termly meeting to indulge in the chosen book - a great discussion forum and a way of extending thinking, reading and analytical skills. English also run a Critical Theory Lunchtime every week, where A Level students (from all subjects) are invited to discuss schools of thought such as Marxism, Post-Structuralism, and Gender Politics.
- Chess Club for all key stages meets in the Maths department on a weekly basis. We have an annual school tournament, and are currently seeking more chessboards due to high demand!
- Design Technology run Robot Club - We design, build and program robots to enter the FLL national robot competition against other teams using Lego NXT. Points are awarded for the robot successfully achieving certain tasks on a ‘pitch’, as well as for teamwork, technical understanding and a group presentation. The club only runs in the Autumn term.
- Design Technology also run a ‘Green Car’ challenge, where students from KS3 have to design, create, and build a fully-sustainable racing car. What’s more, they have to race it in a competition!
- Spanish run a Y9 culture and language trip in November every year, normally visiting Madrid or the Barcelona area. They visit monuments, museums, football stadiums etc.. and participate in a series of language lessons throughout the week too. A-Level Spanish also run an annual trip to a Spanish town or city, or on a couple of occasions have attended a language school and stayed with families instead.