Learning outside of the classroom is at the very heart of the educational experience we provide.It challenges and changes children which enables them to grow in confidence and develop informed and open-minded attitudes. All full-time teaching staff make a commitment to support our exchange programme which over 600 students a year benefit from. In addition,there is a diverse schedule of visits, which develop a deeper understanding of all subjects including Geography, History, Drama, Economics, Religious Education, Art, English, and Technology.
A varied extra-curricular programme also supports Music, Physical Education, Mathematics, English and others. Study Club extends the day before and after school.
In Year 7, all students take part in an activity programme at the Château Ebblinghem near St Omer in northern France. In Year 8, exchanges are arranged with partner schools in France. In Year 9, the programme moves to Germany and Spain. In Year 10, we work with schools and families in China, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
For senior students there are opportunities to undertake work experience abroad as well as to take part in exchanges that last between 3 and 8 weeks. Other opportunities include a week-long briefing programme at the United Nations in Geneva (the only comprehensive school to have this), community work in Lesotho and visits to the European Parliament. Globex is a programme of activities that take place in school for students who, for whatever reason, do not take part in the visits programme.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is well-established and the artistic life of the school is showcased with our annual school play and Eisteddfod.Concert band, Chamber choir, flute choir and access to our excellent one-to-one music tuition programme enable our talented musicians to flourish.Our fixture list provides opportunities for our sports teams to compete including athletics, cricket, football, gymnastics, netball and rugby. The school has partnerships with local clubs to help develop excellence in sport including dance, tennis and cricket.
Our artistic and sporting talent is supported by our Elite Performer Programme which enables us to make reasonable adjustments to our provision in order to help our emerging stars focus on their area of excellence. There are clubs to encourage the developing interests of our students – film, chess, robotics and gaming to name a few.