Our co-curricular programme helps provide students with a well rounded, culturally rich education through activities and experiences that enhance their learning

Co-curricular gives our students opportunities to try new and varied activities that may not strictly fit into the curriculum, but that develop character, resilience and motivation, and encourage them to pursue wider goals. It helps to teach life skills that benefit students beyond the classroom, and can develop an appreciation for cultural and community issues, teamwork and social responsibility.

Co-curricular activities available at Carleton High School include school clubs, an extensive range of trips and visits at home and abroad, links with the local community and fundraising for charity.


Co-curricular Clubs

 A key strength of Carleton High School is the variety of enrichment activities offered alongside the taught curriculum. Up to 40 different clubs run during the week providing opportunities for students to develop current interests or try something new. We have a jampacked timetable ranging from sports and performing arts clubs to those where students are able to enhanced their learning in different subject areas. There is something for everyone.

Co-curricular- Educational Visits and Trips

By offering a wide range of opportunities to visit places within and outside of the UK student horizons are broadened. In recent years adventures overseas include trips to New York, Iceland, Italy and ski trips to the Alps. Los Angeles is planned for October 2024.  All students have access to a diverse range of UK visits too, many of which support and extend understanding in subject areas. Recent examples include trips to; Malham, the Yorkshire coastline, the Thackaray Medical Museum, and frequent theatre visits.

Caythorpe Year 7

Iceland Geography Trip Year 10

New York Year 10

Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is very popular at Carleton High School. The Award is made up of four elements:

  • Community Service
  • Physical Recreation
  • Skill
  • Expedition

All students have the opportunity to take on the thrill of completing the Bronze Award in year 9. Students take part in expeditions which truly test the character and determination of all who sign up!  Students also have the opportunity to take on the challenge of the Silver Award in year 10.

Community and Charity

A sense of belonging sits at the heart of Carleton High School and this is best demonstrated on our community and charity days where a sense of fun and active citizenship combines to raise awareness and funds for local and national charities. As year 7 arrive with us they are quickly encouraged to sign up for the Santa Dash and this follows in years 8, 9 and 10 with the Colour Run which raises money for MND Association. Children In Need, Comic Relief and Carleton Christmas Day always raise a smile with the latter raising for the local Prince of Wales Hospice and Pontefract Community Kitchen.

We have strong links with community organisations, particularly the Pontefract Civic Trust and the Ackworth and Pontefract Branch of the Royal British Legion who annually join with is to mark Remembrance. This is a poignant day which encompasses perfectly the Carleton High School Values or respect, responsibility, determination and excellence.

Remembrance Day

Colour Run - Supporting MNDA

Santa Dash - Supporting the Prince of Wales Hospice