Pitsford School’s extra-curricular programme is extensive and covers a wide range of activities for pupils to take part in. We encourage the pupils to do at least 3 activities, so that they can broaden their curriculum. We offer computer programming, eco-club, film club, drama-club, gardening, sailing, cross country, basketball, knitting, sculpture club, cardio-fitness, badminton, table-tennis, sports leaders, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, HPQ, tennis, football, school musical and many more.
The programme changes half-termly taking account of the weather and winter darkness, though some activities require a longer commitment. Sporting activities are compulsory: Rugby and netball from September to March; cricket and Rounders from April to July.
Activities run from 4:20pm until 5:20pm and this is when parents should collect their children. We offer prep every night; allowing pupils to complete homework tasks in school. It also means that if, for any reason, you cannot collect your child at 4pm, they can go to prep instead. In the lent term there additionally a range of extra subject clinics to support the examination classes at GCSE and A Level.
Please take a look at the activities booklet, we are always open to suggestions.
Our trips and visits programme is extensive. Many trips are linked to supporting the academic curriculum because we know that children benefit from taking their learning outside of the classroom, and some subjects have an active requirement for field study. In Year 9 we run a combined French and History tour that includes the battlefields of Northern France. We have had recent trips to Barcelona, Munich, Cologne and Iceland.
Our Ski trip is hugely popular: We took 45 pupils to Les 2 Alpes at Easter 2018 and are running this trip again in 2020.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme is offered in Year 10 at Bronze Level, and pupils complete practice walks in the local area and the final expedition in the Peak District. In the Lower Sixth a significant proportion of pupils take up the Gold Level Award. The expedition is even more demanding and recent expeditions have been in Snowdonia and the Lake District. Pupils have to complete a residential stay in addition.
In the summer, all pupils join in ‘Expedition Day’ which is not as gruelling as it sounds. Optional activities run to suit all tastes, usually with the element of physical challenge or educational merit. In Summer 2018 we booked out the Aqua Park at Rutland Water - a huge inflatable assault course that tested the stamina ( and courage) of all!
The Junior School Choir and Chamber Choir are both extremely popular. The Chamber Choir has enjoyed success at the Kettering Eisteddfod.
A wide variety of individual instrumental lessons are taught by visiting peripatetic music teachers, including violin, guitar, singing, kit percussion, cello, brass, woodwind and piano.
A weekly recorder club offers children the opportunity to learn to play the instrument and to be able to perform in assemblies or informal concerts.
A drama club runs as an after school activity and we arrange theatre visits for our children during the year.
Speech and drama lessons which lead to the English Speaking Board examination are offered to all pupils.
All children participate in our Christmas production, usually a pantomime, encouraging a real team spirit and there are other occasions throughout the year for children to showcase their hard work and talent..
Parents’ support and encouragement are always valued at these events.
Sport is taught every day, with swimming lessons every week all year round. Ballet is taught to children in Kits and Squirrels.
Each class teacher arranges at least one out of school visit per term to enhance their pupils’ curricular studies.
An annual activity camp is organised for the whole of the School comprising:
- two days of outdoor activities (including Forest School) for the EYFS and KS1
- three days of physical activities for Year 3
- a three day residential activity camp for J4 at the Rock UK Centre in Irthlingborough
- a three day residential activity camp for J5 at the Hollowford Centre in Derbyshire
- a four day residential activity camp for J6 at the Black Mountain Centre in Wales