Copley Primary School

Extended Schools: School Activities

Copley Primary School supports the Extended Schools Initiative and is working hard to provide a wide range of services to meet the needs of our pupils, their families and our local community. Activities include holiday clubs, after school clubs, information sessions and family learning programmes.

For more information or if you have any ideas about what you would like to see us offer or any comments, please contact Mrs Hendy, Extended Schools Co-ordinator.


The Government’s Extended Schools initiative has a key role in helping to achieve the goals set out in their report, ‘Every Child Matters.’ A recent Ofsted survey found: “The majority of the schools visited had compelling case study evidence that extended services had made life-changing differences to pupils that had led to better attendance and attitudes.”

The core offer of extended services is made up of five elements:

  • childcare (in primary and special schools)

  • beyond school hours activities including study support, sport and music clubs

  • referral to a wide range of specialist support services

  • parenting support including family learning

  • wider community access to facilities including ICT, sports and arts facilities, including adult learning.

Click Here to read the Training and Development Agency for Schools report ‘Extended schools – an overview.’

School Clubs

The school is proud of the range of extra curricular activities it provides. Examples of these are: Multisports, art, karate, football, bushcraft, mindfulness, lego creations and kitchen science.

Some clubs are run by our own staff and we recruit external agencies to provide more specialist knowledge and training in other areas.


Our karate club runs on Monday 3.30-4.30pm for KS2 children and Thursday 8.00-8.50am for KS1.

Our karate teacher Matt used to be a pupil at Copley Primary School!


"My name is Matthew Handley, I am a 4th dan black belt in karate. I gained my black belt in 2000 under the Vic Charles MBE and  I have practiced karate for over 30 years and have been coaching for over 15 yrs. 

During my time practicing karate I was lucky to represent England in the Kumite fighting section, under coaches Ticky Donovan OBE and his assistant Wayne Otto OBE.  I am currently the England National Para Karate Coach, and have previously held a regional Kumite coaching role prior to taking a national position. 

In 2016 I became a WKF Certified Kumite Coach and then in 2020 WKF Certified Kata Coach. I have coached at all levels including domestic, regional, national and international competitions and continue to do so to enable my athletes to become the best they can. I continue to strive to be the best coach I can be, I am passionate about learning the best skills and passing them on, I continue to push my own knowledge and development.

 I am very passionate about coaching and helping people to achieve their goals and aspirations. I have a great belief that everyone should be able to take part in sport regardless of ability or disability.  I now pass on my knowledge to all the young students and help promote karate and sport in our local community."