LSA Technology & Performing Arts College is a 'Fully Extended School'.
When assessing the school against the Extended Services Core Offer the provision was recognised as 'a great example of what a secondary school should be offering to its pupils, families and the wider community... setting a high standard of extended services provision which others could learn from and aspire towards'. This is in recognition of the changes put into place over the past two years to extend the school day, providing opportunities for all our students to reach their potential by encouraging a positive approach to learning and school.
Extra-curricular activities, which have supported personal and curricular development as well as providing a safe place out of school hours have resulted in a comprehensive timetable offering a dazzling array of activities. Consequently the school day for hundreds of students begins at 8.00 am with choice of breakfast in the cafeteria, use of library or sports practice before school starts.
Lunchtimes offer opportunities and after school more than forty activities including different sports and performing arts are scheduled.
A very popular innovation has been the creation of The Zone where students can just 'chill out', play traditional and electronic games, even snooker, and learn new crafts. Open every Tuesday until 3:10 pm and Friday until 5.00 pm the Zone is never short of visitors!
Tuesday afternoons have had particular success as the school day has finished one hour earlier than other weekdays and hundreds of students, instead of heading off home, have remained to join in the Tuesday Afternoon Activities offered to hundreds of students each week who choose to stay in school. Sport, music and drama compete alongside Duke of Edinburgh, fitness sessions and Film Club.
Now open 3.15 to 5.00 pm every Friday in the refectory, 'The Zone' is the latest exciting addition to the extensive extra-curricular programme already on offer. This is the place for students to get involved in varied activities. Whether it is playing on the Wii, creating in the crafts, having a game of snooker or quietly reading a book whilst listening to music.. it's all there thanks to additional funding acquired from the Youth Opportunities Fund.
Zone leader, Mrs. Hodge, would love to hear suggestions from students about additional activities they would like included. There was a grand opening when Richard Bollands, the Extended Services Officer for Lancashire County Council came to the first, very well attended, session.
Anyone who would like to attend The Zone is very welcome to come along any Friday.