One of our principal aims as a school is to provide relevant opportunities for pupils to expand their horizons intellectually and socially; athletically and creatively; emotionally and spiritually.
Our extensive extra-curricular programme means that all students should be able to find an activity to challenge and inspire them.
co-curricular senior school
What is changing?
All co-curricular clubs and activities are listed on a website called SOCS. This is the same system that is currently in place for our fixtures and team sheet administration, so the style will be familiar to many of you. Instead of signing up for activities on a sheet of paper, or directly with a member of staff, pupils sign up at the start of the term for the activities they wish to attend using the online SOCS system. The benefits of the online system are:
- Pupils and parents are able to see clearly all the options that are available every week and make informed choices based on their own interests and availability;
- Pupils and parents are able to select an activity with just one click and the pupil will automatically appear on the relevant teacher’s register for that activity;
- Pupils and parents are informed by an alert message if a pupil signs up for an activity that conflicts with another activity that they are already registered for;
- Once activities are selected, they appear in a pupil calendar, which can be synced with your own google, outlook or icalendar;
- You will know that the Freemen’s mission statement states, ‘We want all children at Freemen’s to learn, to lead and to make a difference’. Although many children are achieving this, it has not previously been easy to recognise , or to show pupils the activities that will allow them to achieve the mission statement. The activities in SOCS are listed in categories of Learn, Lead and Make a Difference, as well as the standard areas of music activities, sports squads, and drama activities, so that pupils, parents and tutors can track how far an individual has got to achieving the mission statement and that better choices can be made to ensure a fully rounded selection of activities.
Current parents and pupils will be able to access the site at https://www.socscms.com/login At your first visit you will need to find the school, which you can do by typing in ‘Freemen’s’. It will then ask you to log on as staff or pupil, and you will select ‘pupil’. The log-in details are your child’s school email address and the password is Freemensclubs. This link will appear in the FreeLearning site for easy access from one single platform.
How do I use the system?
Once you are logged in to the system you will see your child’s homepage. Using the toolbar on the left hand side, you can navigate through the options. Clicking on ‘Activities’ will bring up the list of categories, and opening each of those will show you the range of activities available to your child in that category. You are able to add the activity to your child’s calendar by clicking the ‘add’ button on the right side of the screen.
When can I start using the system?
You can start using it straight away, even if you just want to have a look at it. When term starts again in September the pupils and parents will be reminded to sign up for their termly activities and we will send a reminder of how to use the system. Also in September the link will be available via FreeLearning, where more details of how to log on and instructions on how to use the system will also be available.
Where else can I get information and support the Freemen’s Co-Curricular programme?
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