Sport, music and drama

Physical Education

Physical Education is an important part of life at Ivy Bank. Students enjoy a rich and varied programme of compulsory examination and extra curricular activities throughout their school career. Our excellence in this area is recognised by the award of the English Sports Council Sportsmark. Our aim is to provide opportunities for students to develop physically and socially and to stimulate a love of sporting activities which they might take with them beyond school. We offer students of all ages involvement in a wide range of activities which includes athletics, aerobics, basketball, badminton, cricket, hockey, netball, football, table tennis, rugby, tennis, use of multi-gym, rounders, soft ball and dance. Accompanying these activities there is a program of fixtures competing with other schools locally and regionally. This has done much to enhance Ivy Bank's reputation for producing successful sports teams and providing students with the opportunity to gain representative honours for School, Town and County.


Ivy Bank has a rapidly developing reputation for the quality of its music. The Music Department offers a wide choice in its extra curricular programme and given young people the chance to be involved in the Jazz Group, Orchestra, String Quartet, Brass Band and Choir. Students also receive specialist instrument tuition from visiting peripatetic staff. With recent success in several local festivals, competitions and major awards in the Burnley Music Festival our musicians are regularly sought for guest appearances at events in the region.


he school has developed an excellent reputation for its work in Drama. Many students choose the subject at GCSE level and many become involved in the annual production, which is one of the highlights of the school calendar. Run as a join venture with their colleagues in the other Expressive Arts area of Music and Art, the Drama staff have staged large scale versions of a number of major musicals.