Extra Curricular Activities
We value all of our children’s talents and wish to provide opportunity for all to excel. As a result, we offer an extensive range of opportunities for learning outside of the classroom. This starts with simple field trips for our youngest learners who have visited a number of places including the seaside and London Zoo, bringing in external speakers like “the bug man” and the mounted police who are able to talk about their field of work, as well as offering a primary science club and choir practice. Students at the upper end of the primary also undertake swimming lessons at the local leisure centre.
Students of all ages have in the past participated in “Vale’s Got Talent!”, “House Shout!” and other Inter-House competitions around sports, which run throughout the school year. There is a residential trip for Y4 students to help build their independence and give them opportunity to get closer to nature in Wrotham.
In the secondary, we have competitive sporting opportunities and have teams which travel to fixtures with other local schools in Athletics, Tennis, Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball and Lacrosse. We have also seen entry to the annual Salter’s Chemistry Festival and have a successful debating team which also goes out to compete.
In addition to the curricular trips and visits to places like the Science Museum, theatres and National Gallery, we have an annual “House Trip” which sees all the members of the secondary body selecting a variety of different places to visit around London and going out with the members of their tutor groups. Last year’s house trips included visits to Madame Tussaud’s, Monument, the Southbank and attending a Circus Skills workshop. Last year, Year 9 went on a residential trip to Barcelona. This year all year 7 pupils will have the opportunity to visit Leathersellers' Hall.
Not only do we seek to enrich the pupils’ experience of school through the use of trips and visits but we also offer an on-site programme of further study in our period 6 lessons. Here, students get to select their preferences from a wide range of “Enrichment Options”. Once assigned, they are encouraged to pursue a minimum of two of these for a term before having opportunity to make further selections. These options change according to demand.
Here are just a few examples of the current opportunities: Chess, French, New Technologies, Programming, Gymnastics, Drama, Debating, Muay-Thai Boxing, Rock Climbing, Gardening, Creative Writing, Football, Table Tennis, Cooking, Multi-Sports, Additional Subject Support, Homework Club, Design Technology and Critical Thinking.