All students are encouraged to develop their personal interests through the many clubs and societies available, covering art, classics, drama, environmental issues, mathematics, music, photography, science, sport and more.
Read on for more information on the types of activities on offer, and take a look at the videos of students talking about their clubs too!
Clubs and Societies
Clubs and societies vary from year to year, and reflect the interests of our students. They are often led by members of the Sixth Form. Current groups include Art Club, Science Club, Street Dance, Greek, Gym, Junior Choir, etc.
Over 60% of our students participate in a full sporting programme that operates during lunchtime and after school. Various clubs offer specialist coaching for those students interested in athletics, dance, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rounders, rhythmic gymnastics, rugby, swimming, tennis and trampoline.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme
The Bronze Level of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is introduced to students during the Autumn Term of Year 10. Many progress to the Silver and Gold Levels and there are currently 80 students participating in the award scheme.
The Music Department offers a variety of opportunities for every student to develop their individual and group musical skills. Students are encouraged to play a musical instrument, both for personal enjoyment and to help develop self-discipline. Lessons are available for piano, keyboard, recorder, drum kit, guitar, voice and the usual orchestral instruments, i.e. strings, woodwind and brass. Group activities include Senior and Junior Orchestra, Clarinet Group, String Quartet, Recorder Group, Keyband, Flute Group and Guitar Group. There are numerous choral activities including Senior and Junior Choirs and Vox Humana, which is a touring choir.
Expeditions, Outings and Exchanges
Many expeditions, field study trips and outings take place during school time, in the evening, at weekends and during the holidays, forming a natural extension to the school curriculum. Outings are arranged to the theatre, opera, ballet, concerts, art galleries, museums, places of worship, stately homes, castles, sporting events, residential study centres, lectures, demonstrations, conferences and exhibitions. Year 8 have the opportunity to go on a three-day residential trip at a PGL centre.
June 2022 - The Making of Harry Potter Tour
Year 9 students who are interested in pursuing Art and Design in the future visited Warner Brothers Studios, Leavesden.
They had great fun exploring the many sets, props, costumes and special effects from the Harry Potter films, but there was a serious side too. The tour brilliantly highlights just some of the numerous careers available to creatives in the UK.
The Year 9 students recorded some of these careers whilst at Leavesden and will follow up with a presentation on a career or field in Art and Design which particularly interests them.
Some were most excited by model-making, others by concept art for the film, and many more between. We will share some examples when they have finished.
The Art and Design department hope to make this an annual opportunity for any KS3 students hoping to progress to GCSE and beyond.
March 2022 - History of Medicine Trip
Two of our GCSE History groups made a trip to London as part of their History of Medicine course. They visited the Old Operating Theatre and went on a walking tour of the medical sights of London, including St Thomas’s and Guy's hospitals, the George Inn and Borough Market, and ended up at the Globe Theatre. A fascinating day out!
Autumn Term Field Trips 2021
The Geography Department has finally been able to take students outside the classroom, and this Autumn Term has seen trips to Southwold for Year 13 and Sheringham for Year 11.
Year 13 spent a wonderfully sunny three days in Southwold in preparation for their NEA (Non-Examined Assessment). They had a go at a wide range of methods and spent time thinking about how they might use them for their own investigations. Since their return they have been working incredibly hard devising their own investigation titles and identifying how they are going to collect data.
Year 11 spent a couple of days in Sheringham on the North Norfolk coast. They were trying out a range of fieldwork skills in preparation for their Unit 3 examination. They were real troopers on the first day when the winds were rather gusty, and made a good assessment of the effectiveness of the coastal management scheme in place. The second day was much brighter and calmer, and the students used a range of techniques to assess the quality of the environment and how it is used.
Meanwhile GCSE Music students had a real treat with a trip to London to see the musical Wicked, a thoroughly enjoyable evening out!
May 2022 - Sports Leadership Festival
Year 10 Sports Leadership students hosted Whitehill Junior School pupils for different sports activities they had designed. With lots of inventive games and races, the event was a big success!
Project Polyglot 2021-22
Some of our Year 10 Modern Foreign Languages students are taking part in Project Polyglot, which involves devising French and Spanish lessons aimed at Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 children. In January 2022 they went into William Ransom and Whitehill primary schools to deliver the lessons they had prepared over several weeks. Both visits went really well - staff at the schools were very impressed with our students' lovely resources!
World Class Schools
World Class Schools Symposium 2022
Our students who attended this event at St Marylebone School in London represented the school with dignity and pride, and we are all delighted with their contributions and involvement with the programme.
The Symposium's theme was: "How can social media be used as a force for good?". There were some great questions and stimulating discussions with the panel of experts, before the students took part in a workshop to design a new smartphone app.
We were then formally awarded our re-accreditation of World Class status, having performing excellently at this year's assessment centre and the symposium.
Even more impressively, Amelie Woolass and Bibi Winter have been awarded the joint 'World Class Schools Qualified Assessors of the Year 2022' prize. They have assessed a number of schools and have remained dedicated to the WCSQM assessment procedure over a number of years. It is a fully deserved award of which we are incredibly proud. Well done Amelie and Bibi!
World Class Schools Celebration Event 2021
Miss Atkins and Mr Derrett took eight of our students to Oxford on 6 December 2021 to take part in the World Class Schools Celebration Event 2021.
They explored the Ashmolean Art and Archaeology Museum, went on a tour of the historic city led by a current Oxford student, and then attended the ceremony, which included musical performances, essay competition winners, speeches, photographs and more.
The students who took part were Milly Price, Molly Gaskins, Niamh Charmantier, Bea Lewis, Emily Carlyle and Molly George, plus Amelie Woolass and Bibi Winter in their capacity as ‘qualified assessors’. They delivered a two-minute presentation in the famous Sheldonian Theatre to the World Class Schools, explaining the details of their role.
All our students were a real credit to themselves and to the school. We hope they enjoyed their day!