These are activities which take place out of the classroom and give students the chance to participate in a wide range of things which enhance the students’ broader knowledge and give them the opportunity to use a wider range of skills than they could in the classroom.
Our PE department is extremely active and consistently achieves great success in a number of different sports. The current timetable can be viewed to the right.
Curricular Enhancement Week (CEW)
This is an Activities Week which takes place in July each year. For years 7, 8 and 9, it is a chance to experience a wide range of activities, both in school and residential. For years 10 and 12, it is a chance to experience the world of work by doing a week’s work experience. This year we are offering 21 activities to years 7, 8 and 9, seven of which are residential, including more local places (Sheringham) and those farther afield (Wales, Paris). The total number of children involved in the activities in 2015 is almost 450.
The Drama department are committed to putting on productions in collaboration with the Music department and since 2008 have presented ‘High School Musical’, ‘Joseph and his Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat’, ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’, ‘Bugsy Malone’ and ‘Our House’. In other activities, each year, year 10 Drama students create pantomimes which they take to both local primary schools and care homes to perform.
Former students – The Drama department currently has former students studying Musical Theatre at the London College of Music and Dance at SLP Performing Arts College.
More than 100 pupils have instrumental lessons in school from 9 visiting peripatetic instrumental teachers. The department run a number of ensembles including a Concert Band, Big Band, Choir, Junior Band and String Ensemble as well as some smaller groups including a wind quintet, brass quintet and sax quartet. The Music Department put on 6 concerts in school each year, as well as performing at other venues such as Holkham Hall, King’s Lynn Corn Exchange and the Royal Norfolk Show. The Big Band and Concert Band tour abroad every two years and have been to the Czech Republic, Austria, Spain, Switzerland, Germany, Slovenia, Poland, Italy and most recently Croatia.
Former students – The Music department currently has former students studying at the Royal College of Music, as well as a number of others who are either professional performers or composers.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards
We offer both the Bronze and Gold Award. The year 10 work towards the Bronze Award and have to demonstrate their ability in Interests, Skills, Sporting Activities and Community work. As well as a practice expedition, they then complete a final 3 day expedition. The year 12 and 13s work towards the Gold Award. They have to demonstrate similar abilities to the Bronze Award but their final expedition is a week long. The Gold Award carries UCAS points and can be invaluable in university applications.