Inside And Outside the Classroom
Our Junior School is positively buzzing with a wide variety of enrichment activities on offer both inside and outside the classroom. Lunchtime and after school offers many extra-curricular opportunities throughout the year to develop specific skills, whether they be in sporting (9 different clubs), musical (10 instrumental and singing groups) or 14 creative clubs ranging from Techno Club, Scrapbook Club to Quilting Group and Fashion Designers’ Club.
Each year we offer a variety of workshops, school visits, visiting speakers or specialists and a different annual focus for each of our enrichment weeks. They are too many to mention but, recently, include a lunchtime choir recital in St Paul’s Cathedral, competing in the national Music for Youth Competition, playing in regional and national sport and athletic competitions and we have also been a finalist for School of the Year competition.
Soft Skills Development
We actively promote the development of the ‘softer’, but no less important skills of independence, resilience, responsibility and leadership in many ways – through our School Council, the Local Youth Council, our Prefects, House Captains and Form Captains as well as through Thinking Skills competitions, team building expeditions and child-initiated charity fundraising events.
We strive to develop a sense of our place within the community through visits from the local schools’ police officer, performances and tea for local elderly people, carol singing in the town centre, prefect training with the Samaritans and Dementia Friends’ training. Each year the list of enrichment opportunities seems to grow and changes to reflect new interests or topics.