Children develop a healthy balance in their life when real importance is attached to time spent away from their academic studies. Our extra-curricular opportunities help provide that meaning.

Extra Curricular Activities

Our extra-curricular programme provides pupils with an array of activities to extend and develop their skills, knowledge and experience beyond the classroom. It requires commitment, the ability to manage time and priorities and so develops maturity, as well as being highly enjoyable. The majority of our extra-curricular timetable is offered to pupils free of charge as we believe this aspect of school life to be so important to the overall experience.

All pupils are expected to commit to at least one extra-curricular activity a week, though many do more and we encourage this. Typical clubs available before, during and after school are as follows:

KeyboardRecordersMagic the GatheringLower Prep ChoirLatin
ArtDanceUpper Prep ChoirSpanish for BeginnersCraft
ZumbaBalletGermanMusical Theatre
SambaMusic TheoryNetball
STEMPupil VoiceArt
Harry Potter
Aston Villa Football
The Hydesville Tower Singers
SeniorSenior African drumsKeyboard clubSenior Girls choirRock BandDuke of Edinburgh
Debating societyPupil VoiceHave your say in the house systemHistory model makingRock Band
Aston Villa FootballYoung EnterpriseLiteracy. SPaG clinicChessBoys Vocal
Board GamesArt ClubSpanish clubCricket Girls/BoysTable Tennis
The Hydesville Tower SingersFrench Film ClubMusic TheoryLiteracy board gamesJazzy Geography
Film clubReading groups

As well as the scheduled extra-curricular sessions that run throughout a term or year, we incorporate:

  • day trips, for example to the Houses of Parliament to enhance pupils’ understanding of democracy
  • guest speakers, for example Loudmouth education-in-theatre company as part of pupils’ Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) education
  • overseas trips, for example to CERN in Geneva, Switzerland, and Paris, France, to put classroom theory into practice
  • excursions to Walsall Leather Museum, New Art Gallery, Black Country Living Museum and Severn Valley Railway to make use of the excellent and inspiring art and heritage facilities on our doorstep
  • camping trips to Cannock Chase, an area of outstanding natural beauty, for outdoor adventures and team-building
  • academic seminars at institutions including the University of Oxford and the University of Reading.