All activities take place during periods 8 and 9 every Tuesday and Thursday. Pupils opt for activities on a termly basis. We encourage the development of skills over a longer period of time as well as giving students the chance to experience a variety of new pursuits and challenges. Some pupils might stay with one activity, such as sailing or CCF, throughout most of their school career, while others might participate in new activities every term.
Some of the activities we offer at Aldenham include fives, Young Enterprise, cookery, dance, street dance, photography, climbing, golf, skiing and squash. There is the chance to participate in play rehearsals, or dance or one of the many music groups such as the Choir or Orchestra. We run a Duke of Edinburgh scheme and also offer a number of community service activities. There is an EAL programme for overseas students. Sixth Form Year 13 pupils are encouraged to get involved in the Activities programme, often in a leadership role, but importantly in this year they also have the option of private study or an early leave from school. Year 12 activities have a theme of service to the community. Pupils can choose from options including visiting local elderly residents, entertaining a group of visitors to the School, working in our Prep School or with local young people who have learning difficulties, or doing voluntary work on site. The aim is to accustom pupils to taking on responsibility for other people or the community’s welfare as well as for themselves. Projects have proven very successful. Years 9, 10 and 11 For these year groups, activities are designed to allow pupils to pursue a sporting or other activity which may be new to them or which is not available at other times in the School programme. Many of the options can be used as components in the Duke of Edinburgh awards. Pupils tend to pursue a different activity each term but can choose to remain with one for longer. The CCF (Army & RAF sections) is available to all students in Year 9 and above. Years 7 and 8 The emphasis at this age is to introduce the pupils to new activities in a fun environment or to accelerate their learning of new sporting interests (such as fives, hockey, cricket and netball).