The Extra Curricular Programme
We aim to provide our students with a rich curriculum both within timetabled lessons and beyond. Our extensive and ambitious Co-Curricular programme provides a spectrum of clubs that embrace students’ curiosity, academic, arts and culture, sport and personal development.
We run several foreign trips per year, recent visits include: MFL trips to France and Spain; Performing Arts trips to Italy and New York; a trip to Ypres for Year 10 to appreciate the history of WW1.
As a school we have run to raise funds for Race for Life and this year plan accrue miles to run to Tokyo! We have a very successful charities programme and this is linked to our House system, where we are developing working relationships with local charities.
We hold a spectacular annual Art exhibition and Fashion Show, where all the clothes have been produced by students in house. We hold an in-house Masterchef, Spelling Bee and compete in the UK Maths Challenge, Hillingdon Maths Challenge and host the Bishopshalt Primary Challenge. We also host a borough wide University Challenge competition for the sixth form.
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. Inter House 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. In recent years we have had national success in Rugby, years 7-11 girls and boys teams have all been National Finalists RFL Champion Schools.
Our commitment to the Performing Arts means that we offer the highest quality Arts opportunities in Dance, Drama and Music, including an annual musical theatre 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 shows in discrete disciplines where students can develop their creativity and technical ability, also having the opportunity to showcase their own work. In our triennial Arts Festival 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. Visit have included Matilda, Wicked, Aladdin, School of Rock, The Lion King and Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time. On their second day, they get 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 and all Year 7 students are also taken to a pantomime. Students regularly benefit from in-house workshops run by professionals. We also host the annual Hillingdon Youth Dance festival.