Students are normally involved in two activities per term; during exam periods this may be reduced for particular year groups. Some year groups have a carousel for one session but most are given some choice in the activity they participate in. While activities change term by term, a list for 2012-13 is available here.
Over the course of the year the idea is to offer pupils a range of activities, which is close to the CAS element of the International Baccalaureate, i.e. a combination of Creative, Active and Service activities. The majority of the activities take place on a Wednesday afternoon. There are two time-slots allowing students to undertake two different activities. If a student has a school commitment, such as choir, the Young Enterprise Scheme or Rugby Sevens, or is studying an extra subject outside the curriculum, then that can count as their activity. Many students will, however, choose an activity in addition to their commitment.
Aims of the activities programme
• to encourage a commitment to community service
• to provide pupils with a range of 'life-skills', interests and sports which they are able to take beyond their school years
• to expose pupils to sports and activities which are outside mainstream games
In the evenings there is a programme of sports activities: some of these are recreational - badminton, basketball and soccer; some involve private coaching - tennis, ballet and squash; and some are clubs, such as basketball.