Leeds City Academy


LCA 'Step Up Day'

Step Up Day is a powerful day for students at Leeds City Academy.

During this day, Students and staff collaborate to broaden their learning beyond the normal curriculum; the day provides an opportunity for students to challenge their thinking, learn about critical PSHCE/SMSC topics, and to work together effectively with peers from across the academy. 

In Keys stage 3 students spent their day celebrating the fantastic diverse cultures that we have at the academy. Students prepared and experienced aspects of different cultures by doing activities such as dance, music, art, history and literature.

The Year 7's & 8's showcased their work at the end of the day by presenting their work to the rest of the students. The day was rounded off by the staff and students sampling the food that was prepared from Roma, Asian, Eastern European and African cultures. 

In Year 9 students engaged with a fantastic workshop from external providers Altru Drama, where students worked in groups to explore what life would be like in Britain if we were without our nation’s rules, boundaries and morality.

Students worked in form groups to explore what it means to be British, part of a local and national community, and how individuals play a pivotal part in shaping the positive future of society. 

Students in Year 10 took part in a Sex & Relationships Education carousel in the morning, learning about the risks of instant messaging and unhealthy relationships. After this students took part in 1-1 career interviews with professionals from businesses across Leeds, alongside a carousel focused on e-safety and online footprints and exploring options for work experience and careers. 

Year 11 students prepared for life after their GCSE's with 1-1 career interviews in the morning, alongside a carousel of activities with the National Citizenship Service, local FE providers talking to students about Post-16 study options in Leeds and a talk from a leading apprenticeship provider. In the afternoon students worked with Miss McNee on how to manage study/exam stress using MindMate techniques, and explored revision techniques with Mr Pollard & Mr Ray. 

Mr Pollard, Assistant Principal for KS4, noted that “Step Up Day is a powerful day for our students, the plan for students is bespoke and thoroughly planned to stretch and challenge both the learning and the experience beyond the normal curriculum.”

All students displayed the utmost respect for the 27 volunteers from businesses across the city, including:

  • Mears Group Plc
  • Balfour Beatty
  • Scarborough Group
  • Sir Robert McAlpine
  • Kier Construction
  • West Yorkshire Combined Authority
  • Watershed Packaging
  • Strata
  • Concept Data
  • Siemens
  • Leeds City College