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Extra-Curricular Clubs

We are committed to providing excellent opportunities for our students to learn and thrive outside of the classroom. Our extra curricular programme provides a variety of clubs for students of all abilities and interests and we encourage our students to take full advantage of these. The programme has been put together to allow all students to explore a wide spectrum of opportunities enabling them to develop their interest and access opportunities they would otherwise not be able to.

To book LAMDA sessions please contact Ben Kettner, our Oaks Park LAMDA Coach on: Email: enscriptdrama@gmail.com Phone: 07599522150

Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, recognised by employers and universities alike. It provides opportunities for young people to challenge themselves, have fun and develop life skills such as problem solving, confidence and teamwork. At OPHS we are delighted to be able to offer students the opportunity to participate in the Bronze and Silver award. 

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is made up of 4 different sections: 

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills: developing practical and social skills and personal interests
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey

The Bronze Award will take a minimum of 6 months to complete, and the Silver Award a minimum of 12. Each section must be carried out regularly and for a minimum period of time. It must be monitored and assessed by someone with knowledge of that particular activity to achieve an Award. Each progressive level demands more time and commitment from participants. This is all tracked and recorded on the online platform students are enrolled on called eDofE.

The award enables students to show a real commitment and sense of community as they get involved with their different activities, and they will grow in responsibility as they take ownership of their award. The award is well respected both nationally and internationally and many further education institutes and businesses look favourably on students with these awards when assessing applications.

If you have any queries regarding the Award please contact Ms Duggan, Duke of Edinburgh Leader. Alternatively, you can find out more information on the Duke of Edinburgh website.

LAMDA Sessions

Welcome to the Oaks Park High School LAMDA team!
Acting Coach, Ben Kettner has been offering Acting and Public Speaking classes at Oaks Park for over a year. There are now 32 students studying on the course.
LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) is an international company that builds communication skills for an individual. Students at Oaks Park have the opportunity to study 2 courses:

Acting (1:1 or 1:2): students study two dramatic or comedic scripts, rehearsing with their mentor to build on the emotions of the character and boost vocal range and intonation, as well as preparing for a conversational discussion of their built character with an examiner.

Public Speaking: (1:1 or 1:2): students write and present self-written speeches about subjects they are passionate about, working with their mentor to heighten vocal tone, use of pause, range of articulation, varied eye contact and a passionate, vibrant tone of voice.

Both courses hugely improve students’ confidence and range of tone and expression, skills that are essential in today’s face to face and digital workspace.
Students and their mentor work towards exams at the end of each grade, with professional LAMDA qualifications and medals obtainable.

Grades are from 1-5, thereafter, Bronze, Silver, Gold, with the medal grades containing UCAS points in the following format:

Bronze Grade:
Pass – 10 points
Merit – 12 points
Distinction – 12 points
Silver Grade:
Pass – 12 points
Merit – 14 points
Distinction – 16 points
Gold Grade:
Pass – 24 points
Merit – 27 points
Distinction – 20 points

Prices of course:

Classes are £14 per student (always 10 classes per term) and take place at either breaktime, lunchtime or after school in the Craig Foster building. Courses are an ongoing process as students progress up through the grades during their time at Oaks Park. Courses are open to students from year 7-13, inclusive of every year group.

If you are interested in enrolling your son/daughter onto either the Acting or Public Speaking course, please contact Ben Kettner via:
Email: enscriptdrama@gmail.com
Tel: 07599 522 150