Extra Curricular Activities

Sport

Our overall aim is to provide all students with a variety of opportunities to experience success in a sporting activity. ‘Success’ may come as a result of personal achievement or through participation in a team activity, always remembering that ‘success’ consists of feeling good about what you have achieved and does not need to be associated with ‘first’ or ‘best’. Team games are an extremely important part of our school life and all students are encouraged to participate. Matches are played both on Saturday mornings and weekdays. Our teams are entered for local and regional competitions: in rugby, hockey, netball, cross country, rounders, gymnastics, tennis, cricket, football, athletics and cheer leading. We have an excellent reputation in all areas of sports and treasure our numerous trophies and accolades.

Performing Arts

Students regularly have the opportunity to perform through music, dance or drama to a variety of audiences and we pride ourselves on the professionalism of our productions. Staff, students, parents and community members work closely together to put on shows of the highest quality. We also have an extensive range of instrumental ensembles that rehearse at lunch time and after school. We arrange instrumental tuition in all the main musical instruments. The ensembles include choirs, orchestras, brass band, guitar group, steel band, woodwind ensembles, soul band, folk group, string and percussion groups.

Visits at Home and Abroad

We strongly support access to learning environments other than our school site. There are regular visits to Europe, in support of our modern languages curriculum and also to countries much further afield such as Peru, Thailand and America. The introduction of Mandarin to our curriculum will bring with it exchange visits to China too. Learning in Science, History and Geography is supported by field studies, both day and residential. We also organise visits to the theatre, musical performances, places of historical, religious, and geographical interest and ski trips. Year 7 students are invited to take part in a residential weekend of outdoor activities to develop teamwork, confidence, and the capacity to build relationships. All opportunities to develop our youngsters’ awareness of learning outside the school building are welcomed enthusiastically.