Extra Curricular Activities & Clubs
One afternoon a week, the boys choose from a variety of clubs instead of playing sports, giving them the opportunity to experience and enjoy a wide range of extra-curricular activities from campcraft and orienteering to cookery, fencing and sailing.
On Sunday afternoons, an outing is arranged and boys may sign up during the preceding week if they wish to go. Many different places are visited: from mines and caves to farms, wildlife parks and factories.
There are also regular academic excursions including visits to the Jurassic Coast, HMS Victory and to the theatre, concerts and museums. In recent years the history department has take a great many boys on trips to the battlefields of the Somme, and the more outward bound activities have included canoeing trips in the Wye valley in Wales.
In recognition of academic achievement and good citizenship, the boys win the right to go on a much anticipated ‘V-Badge’ trip at the end of each term (details of which are always kept secret until the moment of departure!) and these which might include Laser Quest, ice-skating, mountain biking, rock climbing and other popular activities. There is also a four-day trip for the leavers after Common Entrance. Videos of previous years' leavers trips can be seen here
In addition to these regular outings there are frequent special events either at the school itself or on excursion. Whether it be a journey to the Albert Hall to watch some tennis, a Geography field-trip or a visit from a Royal Navy helicopter, there is always something exciting happening.