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Smithdon High School

Co - Curricular

Co-Curricular Offer

Students at Smithdon High School are offered a range of opportunities to enrich their learning experiences through our co-curricular clubs and activities, as well as a variety of trips and adventures.

A Schools Week report in June 2020 identified that a school’s co-curricular offer is part of “a relentless focus on building resilience and educating the whole child” and Ofsted highlighted our offer positively, stating in their 2019 report that “Pupils can take part in many clubs and activities that help to build their character”.

CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES

Smithdon’s activities and clubs aim to develop students’ creative and performance skills, as well as encouraging students to work together in teams to enhance their communication and leadership skills.

Some of the clubs are also designed to support our most able students to gain the knowledge, skills and ambition to meet their potential by offering opportunities which challenge students to learn beyond the curriculum, such as:

  • The Brilliant Club (academic enrichment through a combination of university trips, in-school tutorials with university students and on-line resources, all delivered by Cambridge University) click here for more information
  • Sutton Scholars (an enrichment project in collaboration with post-graduates at Cambridge University) run but the Sutton Trust
  • STEMM Club (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine) leading to the Youth STEMM Award
  • Reading challenges, including the national Carnegie Shadowing Award

 

Subject-Specific Clubs

Subject areas offer clubs to support learning, where students can get help with assignments and revise for assessments, as well as further develop their interest in a subject through fun activities and events. See the Co-Curricular Timetable for the clubs that are currently available*

Year 11 students are offered bespoke clubs for intervention in preparation for their GCSE examinations. The current after-school timetable for these interventions is here.

Music and Drama activities allow students to develop their Creative Arts potential. Students have the opportunity to take part in a variety of performing arts:

  • Learn musical instruments - students are given the opportunity to learn a musical instrument through our peripatetic music lessons, in small groups or 1-to-1 tuition. (Funding support is available for these lessons – please see the learning support fund page). 
  • Join the School Choir
  • Join or create their own band – who knows… The Beatles of the 21st Century could be born at Smithdon High School!
  • Rehearse prepared pieces for performances, including our termly concerts
  • Take part in the annual school production (with roles available on stage performing or backstage supporting with technical aspects of the production)
  • Simply have fun taking part in performance activities

PE clubs allow students to keep fit and active, just for fun or to explore their personal sporting interests, whilst also preparing to represent the school in regular fixtures at local and county level. Our PE Department offers a range of sporting activities, including but not limited to:

Health & Fitness

Badminton

Dance

Table Tennis

Karate

Running Club

Yoga

Netball

Gymnastics

Basketball

Golf

Cricket

Football

Indoor cricket

Tennis

Rugby

Athletics

Rounders

 

Please find the current PE Clubs timetable here.

For students who have a sporting interest but are unable to commit to representing the school in external fixtures, Smithdon’s PE Department also organises half-termly House Sport Competitions, allowing students to compete against their fellow classmates to earn points for their sporting house: Ennis-Hill, Moore, Redgrave and Farrah. For more information, please see the PE Department’s own pages.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

The DofE Scheme is incredibly popular with students at Smithdon High School. It is offered to students at Bronze and Silver level, with an official launch to students at the start of Year 9. The Award includes developing skills, volunteering and an expedition. For more information click here

Other Clubs

Over the years there have been a huge variety of clubs on offer at Smithdon, often depending on the personal interests of our staff – but also (and more frequently) based on the interests of our students. For currently operating clubs, please see our Co-Curricular Timetable. If you are student, whose interest is not represented here, please talk to your tutor about the possibility of us starting a new club for people who share your interest and launching a new opportunity!

Clubs that have been on offer at Smithdon over the years include:

  • Film Club
  • Chess Club
  • Lego Group
  • Sudoku Team
  • Food Group/Cookery Club
  • Archery
  • Art Club
  • Gardening Group
  • Dungeons and Dragons Group
  • Board Games Club
  • Debating Society
  • Young Enterprise Scheme
  • D of E
  • Coding Club
  • Astronomy Group
  • Horticultural Society
  • Bushcraft
  • Textiles Club
  • STEMM Club
  • History Society
  • Environmental Society
  • Stagecraft Studies
  • Still Life Society
  • Warhammer

 

* Under the current Covid restrictions, only a small number of clubs are able to run and our priorities at present are for Year 11 intervention support. Please see the Step Up to GCSEs page for the available Year 11 interventions running currently, and check back regularly for updates as we are able to relaunch our co-curricular offer during the year.