We strongly encourage all students to participate in co-curricular activities. Sixth Form students will often help lead these activities. This broadens their experience and gives them an opportunity to display initiative, exercise responsibility and lead younger pupils.
BISMARCK Modelling Club
Outreach in local schools
Debating and Public Speaking
War Games Society
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Work Experience and Job Shadowing
If a Sixth Form student identifies a club or society they would like to start then this will certainly be considered.
Games is provided for Sixth Form students for one afternoon each week. The range of activities is broad and includes: Athletics, Badminton, Cricket, Cross-country running, Dance, Football, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rowing, Rugby, Sailing, Health related exercise, Rounders, Dancercise, Fitness and Tennis. In addition, there is a comprehensive programme of fixtures with other schools in a variety of sports, many of which occur on Saturdays. Teams train during each week and receive specialist coaching from leading coaches including former national and international players.
The School runs over 175 trips annually, many open to Sixth Form students, as well as some which are exclusive to them. There are regular sports tours for senior teams: recently the Rugby squad has visited South Africa, the Netball teams have visited New Zealand, and the Cricket team went to Sri Lanka. In addition, the Duke of Edinburgh Award includes canoeing, kayaking and sea kayaking expeditions and in the past few years they have visited the
Scottish Lochs, the Swedish lakes around Stockholm, Croatia, and one group paddled round Crete. The School has also taken a number of trips to Cern in the past few years, giving students a chance to see groundbreaking scientific research.
The Drama department runs a full programme of theatre trips, roughly one every month, encouraging Drama students and those simply interested in the theatre to broaden their experience. There is a termly trip to Birmingham Symphony Hall run by the Music department. In addition, several departments run subject specific trips to enhance students’ learning such as the Geography field trip to North Wales and the Politics and Economics department recent visit to Washington and New York. The very strong Debating Society takes teams out to competitions around Britain several times each term and regularly performs at the highest level nationally in the English Speaking Union, Cambridge Union and Oxford Union competitions, often qualifying for the national finals in a year. The School has a long tradition of raising money for charity and the Sixth Form students, through the Charity Committee, take a leading role in organising events. In addition to the sums of money raised, the Committee plays an important part in raising awareness for various charitable causes amongst the pupils.