We have a wide range of clubs operating at various times during the school year. Students are kept up to date with cancellations and additions via internal notices.
Here is the current programme of lunchtime clubs
and here are the after school clubs
Anthony Gell School has a strong and thriving extra-curricular Arts programme. We aim to ensure that all students have as many opportunities as possible to take part in the Arts both inside and outside of lessons. Throughout the year there are countless opportunities for students to get involved, enjoy and learn more about how the Arts work and to increase their skills and abilities. Below you will find just some examples of the chances that students have to get involved here at Anthony Gell.
- Lunchtime clubs throughout the year with links for special projects including Matlock Bath Pro Loco Art competition and creating paintings for the local Children’s Centre
- Strong links with the Wirksworth Festival and Derby University
- Well Dressing
- Artist visits in school
- Camera Club after school
- Lunchtime clubs for all year groups
- Street dance workshops (with a minimal cost)
- Summer showcase performances
- Trips to see performances at various venue
- Two whole school performances a year which are open to all
- Drama club at various points throughout the year
- Poppies Youth Theatre and Casting Agency (with a minimal cost)
- Exam group performances which are open to all as audience members
- Regular trips to see plays at various venues
- Ukulele/Acoustic Guitar group
- Vocalise (vocal group)
- Rock School
- Jazz group
- Samba percussion group (year7)
- Concerts throughout the year, including exam performance evenings
- Regular trips to music venues
- Instrumental lessons available through the school
The school has an outstanding sporting reputation and is one of very few schools in the country to have gained the prestigious Sportsmark Gold Award on three occasions. Sporting opportunities include chances to participate in football, cricket, athletics, basketball, cross country running, hockey, netball, tennis, dance, gymnastics, trampolining, orienteering and climbing. Although our emphasis is on participation and enjoyment for all, our competitive reputation is strong. We have good contacts with local sports teams and clubs, so we hope we are developing an enthusiasm that can be sustained beyond school.
The investment of £1.3 million in the Leisure Centre on site, the new floodlit all weather pitch and a grant from the Football Foundation for new changing rooms and improved pitches have added to our capacity to meet the sporting and recreational needs of young people and the wider community. They are also evidence of the confidence that Local Government and Sport England have in the quality of what we do.
AGS IN THE LOCAL COMMUNITY
Our prime function is the education of young people between the ages of 11 and 18 but we hope there is more to it than that. We use the community as a resource – it funds much of what we do, our students visit, survey, interview and draw in the community, and local employers provide the work placements that we value so highly.
In return we hope that our facilities can be shared. Local Primary and Special Schools work closely with our sports department. We have a Youth Worker attached to the school as part of our multi-agency team. Some of the Adult and Community Education courses in Wirksworth are based in the school, our rooms, halls and sports facilities are available for community use when we are not using them, and our technical equipment from photocopiers to computers can be used with prior negotiation. Given the financial constraints within which we operate not everything can be free, but neither need it be very expensive. Please contact us or the Leisure Centre Reception staff if you think we might be able to help.
We welcome adults in normal school hours. Adults can study alongside our sixth form students and contribute enormously to the mature ethos we seek in this area. We welcome adult volunteers too – to help with anything from supporting individual students through paired reading schemes to offering technical expertise and advice. We work closely with the Town Council and play an active part on community groups. If you think you would like to study or help, please contact us.
Our philosophy is simple – that the school should not be viewed as separate in any way from the community it serves. If you subscribe to that view, then we can work together.
Please see below for community information that may be of interest :
Wirksworth Music Centre
Wirksworth Music Centre is a social and educational organisation for children from reception to year 13. It is staffed by professionally qualified musicians and teachers. It is supported and monitored by Derby and Derbyshire Music Partnership.
Wirksworth Music Centre has been supporting and teaching young musicians for almost 20 years. The staff and students meet for group music-making on Saturday mornings at Anthony Gell School.
For more information please see the Wirksworth Music Centre website.
Wirksworth Music Centre Concert Dates
26/03/2017 – Strings Concert – Wirskworth United Reform Church – 7pm
02/04/2017 – Wind Concert – Derbyshire County Hall, Matlock – 7pm
08/07/2017 – Juniors Concert – Anthony Gell – 10.15am
09/07/2017 – Seniors Concert – Wirksworth Town Hall – 7pm
The school raises money for a range of national and local charities and these vary according to the interests of staff and students. Many students also do individual fund raising which the school supports.
Whole School events include:
- Red Nose Day – every two years
- Children In Need Day – every year
- Sport Relief – every year
- Poppy Appeal – every year
Each of the four Houses supports one charity of its choice each year.
We value travel for its social and educational benefits and we have exchange links with Wetter, in Germany, and Die, Wirksworth’s twin town in France. We also have a link with a sports college in Shanghai, China and students visit the Space School in Russia.
Foreign travel also extends to sport, with overseas tours for football, hockey, basketball and skiing. The school has been awarded the British Council International School Award on six occasions in recognition of its efforts to promote foreign and cultural awareness among young people.
We love keeping in contact with old Gellers. Here’s our Flickr Gallery so you can see what they’ve been up to.
OUR FLICKR ALBUMS
Our Flickr stream has LOTS of photos of life at Anthony Gell stretching back over more then 30 years.
You’ll find most of them organised in Albums HERE