The Extra Curricular Programme
We aim to provide our students with a rich curriculum both within timetabled lessons and beyond. Our Extra-Curricular programme ranges from DOE to Young Enterprise (National Champions in 2013) to Science Week to foreign trips: France twice last year, a Music tour to The Netherlands, a Spanish trip, a trip to Ypres for Year 10 to appreciate the history of WW1, a trip to Thorpe Park for 150 children from the best performing house in Interhouse, and so on. As a school in each of the last 2 years, 700 of us ran a mile to raise funds for Race for Life. We have a very successful charities programme and this is student led. We have a sensational Art exhibition with mesmerising Fashion Show, where all the clothes have been produced by students in house. We have a Masterchef competition and a Spelling Bee competition. There really is something for everyone.
Our sporting programme encompasses the traditional, including for example: Boys Rugby, Football, Cricket, Girls Netball, Rounders, Athletics, and the innovative and inspirational e.g. Futsal and Rugby for girls, rowing lessons, and the Outdoor Education trips that really challenge the students physically. Interhouse and Inter School fixtures are intentionally very competitive; we teach our children to embrace competitive sport AND to learn how to deal with success and failure with good grace.
As a specialist Performing Arts College our commitment to the Performing Arts means that we offer the highest quality Arts opportunities in Dance, Drama and Music including an annual show that compares well to professional standards and in which the children’s performances are outstanding. We have a truly dedicated and inspirational group of teachers engaging and motivating children to enable them to perform beyond where they thought they were capable. There are literally dozens of other shows, performances and presentations for students. In our triennial Arts Fest programme every student in Year 7, Year 8, Year 9 and Year 12 has two days off timetable to be taken to see a show in the West End (this year (2017) Matilda, Wicked, Aladdin, School of Rock, The Lion King and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time) and then on their second day to take part in a whole day of workshops in school. There are very regular trips and visits to Arts activities locally and in the west End. All Year 7 students are also taken to a pantomime.