Character education sits alongside our academic curriculum to ensure that students have access to a wide and balanced range of experiences throughout their time at school, giving them the opportunity to develop and embed our core values of Aspire, Achieve and Thrive.

Students have opportunities to take part in a range of activities and experiences throughout their time at Stoke Damerel Community College, in order to challenge them to develop their self confidence, resilience and employability. Activities include enjoying residential trips and theatre visits, watching live sporting events, taking part in STEAM projects,  respecting the environment and taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award or the Combined Cadet Force (CCF). We feel that having access to these life experiences is just as important as academic success.

The extra-curricular life provides our students with a wide range of opportunities that extend beyond the classroom. We offer a wide range of clubs and activities, before school, at lunchtimes and after school, that cater for a diverse range of ages and interests.

During any lunchtime you will find students in the art rooms enhancing their creative skills, a choir practising for a concert, boys and girls exercising in the fitness suite or sports hall, peer listeners supporting younger students around the college site or DofE students attending drop in sessions.

We encourage all students to take part in extra-curricular clubs as they enhance the educational experience and we have just launched the ‘THRIVE’ program to ensure that all students have access to a broad offer of clubs and activities.

From September 2020 students will be awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold awards for their participation in the THRIVE program of activities.

Our THRIVE program can be found here.

Curriculum Enhancement (Activities) week also provides opportunities for students to take part in a wide range of experiences and challenges on and off-site.


 Character Curriculum News 2019-20 Spring term 

‘THRIVE’ Program Launched - 10th February 2020

What is the THRIVE Project at Stoke Damerel Community College? THRIVE are the alternative sessions that students can access outside of the curriculum. These happen before school, at lunchtime, after school and some even happen in the evening or at weekends. The booklet highlights all of The THRIVE sessions available to students this term. 

The majority of the sessions operate on a ‘just turn up’ basis, however some clubs require prior booking so please see the teacher in charge, or email them to check. There really is something for everyone and the expectation is that all students will participate in some of these opportunities. 

Click here for more details.


An Inspector Calls - Thursday 5th March 2020

As part of an enriched curriculum and to support one of the GCSE English literature texts, we took all Year 10 and 11 students to the  educational performance of ‘An Inspector Calls’ at the Theatre Royal, Plymouth on the afternoon of the 5th March 2020.


 Character Curriculum News 2019-20 Summer term 

Launch of the Fun Friday initiative - 17th April 2020

Each week Mr Chapman, the Character Education Manager, will be setting up a different challenge for students to take part in at home. See the Website soon for details.

So get involved and be prepared to have some fun!

The best efforts will be shared on the website. 


Ski Trip Easter 2021

Need something to look forward to? Stoke Damerel Community College will be relaunching the school ski trip for next Easter. Details will be on the Website or email for details