Cognition & learning

At Blackfriars Academy we understand the value of learning outside the classroom as a way of enhancing the social, personal and emotional development of our pupils.

Our trips out and residentials only serve to put the classroom learning into context but also help teach life-skills, build on social skills while improving the independence and self-confidence of our young people.

Recent trips include:

  • Stafford Castle
  • Black Country Museum
  • Stockport Air Raid Shelters
  • Royal Air Force Museum Cosford
  • London House of Parliament.
  • The Chill Factor Manchester
  • The Snow Dome, Telford
  • Drayton Manor Park, Staffordshire

We also organise regular trips to the theatre, both local and national theatres, to enhance our Performing Arts, Drama and English curriculum offer.

Shakespeare ‘The Tempest’ Garrick Theatre, Lichfield
‘The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips’ Michael Murpurgo Birmingham Rep
‘Gangster Granny’, David Walliams The Regent Theatre, Stoke on Trent
‘Lion King’, Lyceum Theatre London
‘The Ice Queen’ The New Vic, Newcastle under Lyme
‘Blood Brothers’ The Lowry, Manchester

Theatre companies, artists and musicians have also visited the school to entertain and teach the pupils.

We have also worked closely with Keele University taking part in the Slaters Festival of Chemistry and White Water Writers programme – our pupils wrote and published a book in a week selling it on Amazon. Through their Star Dome project our pupils have also travelled in space.


Our residential programme also builds independence, trust and empathy and includes the following venues:

  • Standon Bowers, Staffordshire
  • Laches Wood, Staffordshire
  • Bendrigg, Cumbria

The School Council play an active role in compiling our trips programme with staff throughout the academic year, ensuring our student voice is heard. We work in partnership with parents/carers views whose are vital in the planning phase, with structured communication systems in place during the duration of the residential to keep parents fully briefed.