Clubs and Societies
All departments run a club or activities programme designed to extend pupils' academic interests beyond the classroom and develop life skills. Pupils are encouraged to further their own interests in many subjects, even if outside of a common curriculum. There are also a number of key opportunities to attend school lectures and to enter competitions such as the national UKMT Mathematics Challenge, Surrey SATRO, ESU Debating and YE’s Dragon’s Den.
Co-curricular activities which are offered to the Senior pupils may include: choir, chamber choir, music ensembles, drama, LAMDA, art, textiles, classics, cookery, Duke of Edinburgh Award, lacrosse, netball, running, hockey, football, special enrichment days, charity fundraising, Young Enterprise and public speaking to name just a few.
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Local trips to sculpture parks, science centres, castles, rivers and places of worship are all integral to the curriculum. The School takes full advantage of all that London has to offer, with visits to theatres, museums, galleries, performances and conferences providing further opportunities for enrichment. Various departments organise trips further afield; Year 8 travel to Dartmoor for a Geography and Outdoor Pursuits week, there are language visits to France and Spain, an educational Humanities trip for older pupils and there is a trip for those studying Mandarin to Beijing. Other opportunities include ski and music residential trips.
Expeditions and adventure
Every two or three years, The Royal School embarks on a major overseas expedition organised by a specialist company. Young people are able to visit countries of the world often inaccessible to the ordinary traveller. In close consultation with the Expedition leader and members of staff from the School, pupils are encouraged to take responsibility for themselves. Expeditions normally include a trek lasting about a week or ten days and time spent working closely with local residents on a major community project.
One of the aims of the expedition is that pupils learn leadership skills and gain project management experience in a situation where they are primarily the architects of their own destiny; they are also responsible for fundraising.
In 2019, students from Year 11 to Upper Sixth and staff will spend month in Ghana with Camps International. Former expeditions include trips to Thailand and Cambodia, Venezuela, Borneo, Madagascar, Peru, Tanzania, Zambia/Botswana and Southern India.
These expeditions unite two important themes in School life – physical adventurousness and charity work in the wider world.
Duke of Edinburgh
These well-respected national Awards offer pupils a challenge in four areas: skill, physical recreation, service, and expedition. Pupils choose their own skill, physical activity and volunteering depending on their personal interests, in order to make the experience more relevant and valuable for themselves and their community.
Pupils may participate at Bronze Award level from the beginning of Year 10. In Year 11, pupils may complete their Bronze Award and start on Silver.
In the Sixth Form, pupils may choose to enter at Silver or Gold Award level. The Award programme is not a race and should be completed at each student's own pace. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is welcomed on university and job applications.