Opportunities Outside the Classroom/Culture Capital

Live Sport:

There are plentiful opportunities each year for students to have an opportunity to watch live sport across a range of sports. The aim at OCA is for all students to have experienced a live sport event before the end of their OCA journey. Examples of live sport opportunities in the past are:

  • Wimbledon Tennis Tournament.
  • Europa League football matches. (Live at Old Trafford).
  • Women’s Super League football matches.
  • International netball matches.


Sport Fixtures:

As well as opportunities for students to participate in sport enrichment activities; students can represent the academy in a number of different sports. Each year, we enter teams for a number of events and leagues in which we compete with other schools in the borough:

  • KS3 Netball mini tournaments and league.
  • KS3 & KS4 Girls Football tournaments and league.
  • KS3 & KS4 Boys Football league.
  • KS3 Girls Rugby tournaments.
  • KS3 Boys Rugby tournaments.
  • KS3 Indoor Athletics competition.
  • Cricket tournament (Girls & Boys).
  • KS3 Rouders league.


OAT Sports Cup:

Since 2016, the Ormiston Academies Trust, have organised and held an ‘OAT Sports Cup’ in the summer term. This event is designed for all schools across the country within the trust to compete against one another at the Stoke Athletics Stadium. A selection of students across each group are chosen to represent the school in either athletic events, rugby, football and netball. This is a great experience for the students and a lovely opportunity to mix with other students from OAT academes across the country.

Sports Day:

Each year sports day is a whole-school event that usually takes place in the last week of the summer term. This is a fantastic opportunity for all students to take part in some capacity with the wide range of events and activities over the course of the day. Events include some of the more traditional events such as 100m sprint, 200m sprint and the 4x100m relay; but also, events such as rounders, football and indoor glow sports. Students have a chance to work together as a team with peers in their form and house to compete for the crown of ‘Sports Day Champions’.


The PE department are known for the running of the London residential and more recently, the water sports residential to France. The trips are running every two years to allow suitable time for parents/carers to pay for the trips with a sufficient amount of time.

France Water Sports 2021:

The trip is 7-days and up to 45 students across years 7-10 are eligible for this trip. The trip is organised with PGL to the resort Mimosa, South France. During this trip, students have the opportunity to participate in a wide range of water sport activities that include; kayaking, banana boats, piccolo boats, catamaran sailing, raft building and more. In addition to this, one day is allocated to students attending a local water theme park which is favourite of the students!

London 2022:

This is a 3-day residential to central London that is available to all students from years 7-10 with numbers up to 35 students. The trip is jampacked with experiences including; a live showing of a West End production, eating out at a restaurant, the London Eye, Madame Tussauds, a full day at the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament and a visit to the Warner Brothers Harry Potter studios.

University trips:

To build aspirations and broaden our student’s horizon; there are opportunities for students in years 9-11 to attend different universities. These trips in the past have been organised with Liverpool John Moores, Edge Hill and Loughborough University to provide students with a taste of life in further education. Many of the trips are tailored to suit the passions of the students and with information on how to achieve their career aspiration.