We never forget that there is a whole world beyond the classroom. We encourage pupils to remember that we are a part of the world - not apart from it.
With this in mind, lessons finish an hour before buses depart each day so that pupils can pursue their interests in the 100+ co-curricular activities at the College. Many of these are run by the pupils themselves.
We're also committed to making sure a connection to community is central to College life. Through a programme of service, volunteering, entrepreneurship and school-related international trips we enrich the lives of pupils in ways that make a meaningful difference.
Pupils exhibit high levels of social development through their excellent awareness of the world beyond school.”
— Independent Schools InspectorateInspection reports
Whether our pupils are welcoming Syrian refugees, cleaning a scout hut or reading to the older people in the sheltered housing along the road, they are a potent, positive force and make a significant difference to our community every year.”
— Rachel Hughes (Assistant Head: Outreach and Partnerships)
Service and volunteering
Every Wednesday afternoon pupils have the opportunity to develop their leadership and community skills through our service and volunteering programme. This ranges from working in the local community to learning navigation skills with the Navy, survival skills with the Cadets, undertaking sports leadership courses or participating in the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Our innovative entrepreneurship programmes in the Fourth Form and Sixth Form enable pupils to develop creative and commercial ideas and products. In the Fourth Form, pupils develop business plans to generate money for a charity of their choice. In the Sixth Form, £10,000 is awarded to winning teams to help them bring their entrepreneurial ideas to market.
Trips and experiences
We offer a range of trips to pupils - to enrich the curriculum as well as to assist with charity projects worldwide. We believe in enabling our pupils to explore multiple contexts and cultures, and so we undertake regular academic, social and sporting trips to locations that include Ghana, Poland, Russia, Switzerland, and Sri Lanka.