There is always something going on at The Royal School and with dozens of clubs to choose from, there is plenty to occupy you at lunchtime, after School and at weekends. Those in the Sixth Form are also offered the opportunity to stay overnight on site up to twice a week free of charge (weeknights).
Clubs and Societies
All departments run a club or society designed to extend students' academic interests beyond the classroom and develop life skills. Students are encouraged to take advantage of these as well as attending visiting lecturers and entering competitions. Those who are passionate about something are encouraged to take a lead and start a club if one doesn’t already exist. For example, the Astronomy Club was set up by past student K Turnbull who raised money to build an observatory now sited in the School grounds and subsequently went on to study cosmology at university. More recently Amnesty International Club was started by a student.
Co-curricular activities which are offered to Sixth Formers may include: astronomy, choir, chamber choir, music ensembles, drama, LAMDA, art, textiles, sports coaching and activities, science, silver service, Duke of Edinburgh, special enrichment days, charity fundraising, Young Enterprise, competitions such as the National Mathematics Challenge and Surrey SATRO competitions, debating and public speaking, to name just a few.
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The School takes full advantage of all that London has to offer, with visits to theatres, museums, galleries, performances and conferences linked to the curriculum. Various departments organise trips further afield. Other opportunities include ski and residential trips.
Expeditions and Adventure
Every two or three years, The Royal School embarks on a major overseas expedition organised by World Challenge, a specialist company used by many independent schools. Young people are able to visit countries of the world often inaccessible to the ordinary traveller. In close consultation with the Expedition leader, and a member of staff from the School, students are encouraged to plan their own itinerary. This normally includes a trek lasting about a week or ten days, and a week or so working closely with local residents on a major community project.
One of the aims of the expedition is that students 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 Awards offer students a challenge in four areas: skill, physical recreation, service, and expedition. Students choose their own skill, physical activity and volunteering depending on their personal interests, in order to make it more exciting and interesting for themselves.
In the Sixth Form, students 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.