The School expects all students to participate in some of the many opportunities offered. There is a very wide range of school clubs and societies such as the Art Workshop, Bridge Club, Chess Club, Christian Union, Computer Workshop, Debating Society, Design & Technology Clinic, Film Club, French Club, Garden Club, Greek Club, Junior Running Club, Musical Activities, Politics Society, Theatre Club, Voluntary Service Unit, Warhammer Club, Young Engineers’ Club and Young Enterprise. Students are strongly encouraged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and many achieve Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards. We are also keen that school should not unduly dominate a child’s life and we encourage all students to be fully involved with the wider community.
Music is a very strong feature and the Choir, Junior Singers, Chamber Choir, Judd Brass, Big Bands, String Orchestra, Chamber Groups, Concert Band, Symphony Orchestra and Junior Orchestra perform at various functions throughout the year. Instrumental lessons are available through the School, for which a charge is made.
There is a major school drama production each year and usually one or two productions aimed at
particular age groups. Recent productions have included The Importance of being Ernest, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, All My Sons and Animal Farm (musical).
Combined Cadet Force
The School has its own contingent of the CCF with Army and RAF Sections, meeting after school on Fridays. Membership is voluntary and boys can join from Year 9. Cadets have the opportunity to attend camps and expeditions as well as Army, Royal Navy and Royal Air Force courses. The School has an exceptional record of gaining Flying Scholarships in the RAF Section.
Sports and Games
The School enjoys an enviable reputation in sport at national and county levels. Competitive inter-school fixtures are an important aspect of the games programme at all levels. There is a very strong fixture list every Saturday and a high standard is maintained leading to national competitions. At junior level there are regular games for ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams, so that many of the students have the chance to represent the School. In Year 7 there are even ‘C’, ‘D’, ‘E’ and ‘F’ rugby fixtures from time to time. There is also an extensive programme of interform competitions, including one designed specifically for those who are not school team players. The main games are rugby football, cross-country running and basketball during the winter months, and cricket, tennis and athletics during the Summer Term. The open-air swimming pool is much used during the summer. There are also opportunities for rock climbing, canoeing, sailing, squash, badminton, judo, golf, table tennis and hockey at later stages in the School. Top quality coaching continues, even in inclement weather, owing to the versatility of the Sports Hall and All Weather Pitch.