Alongside academic studies, a plethora of co-curricular activities allows our pupils to pursue their own interests, discover new ones and gives them the opportunity to develop the soft skills that are so important in the world beyond school. Whether of a cerebral, cultural, recreational, social, active or mindful nature, these all contribute to the overall welfare and future success of our pupils.
There are over fifty co-curricular clubs and societies throughout the year, with some reinforcing and extending classroom learning whilst others offer new experiences and challenges. Many clubs are delivered by teaching staff, some are student-led and others are provided by external professionals and experts in their field. A number of clubs run in all three terms, whilst others are seasonal. Most activities take place after school and on Saturday mornings. Pupils sign up to activities on a termly basis. There is no charge for most of these, however some may involve fees for additional costs to cover specialist materials or external tuition.
The activities include a wide range of sporting opportunities; much music-making, with an array of ensembles and choirs performing regularly both in and out of school; creative options such as art, DT, cookery and extended drama and theatre experiences. Other activities include boxing fitness, fencing, table tennis, chess sessions with our visiting Grand Master, climbing, coding, bee keeping, yoga and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
It is not unusual for pupils to want to extend their chosen interest further, continuing to a more advanced level. Where necessary King Edward’s will support the pupil in balancing their co-curricular interests with their academic commitments. The result is a lively, inquiring and energetic community in which diversity and inclusivity is valued and everyone’s achievements celebrated.
Pushing Boundaries My approach with the pupils during activity time has been quite specific. I drew on my own experiences of being at school. I remember how rich and varied my education was, but I found it difficult to genuinely express myself. There was so much to process, learn and demonstrate with the added pressure...