The idea with our wide-ranging co-curricular programme is to provide something that every child can take part in, to give them a chance to express themselves in ways that aren’t possible in the classroom, and most of all to encourage them to have a go. This gives every child the chance to shine and discover new talents and strengths.
The co-curricular program is where the Beachborough philosophy of Growth Mindset, inclusivity and endeavour really comes into play. The huge range of activities on offer includes: modern dance, battle re-enactment, computer programming, trampolining, philosophy, and dodgeball – there really is something for everyone. Extra activities take place before and after lessons, or at break times and are taught by our teachers and a range of external professionals.
We take children out on regular trips to inspire and inform the topics they are learning in the classroom. Many of these are day trips and they start in Reception with an outing to the Heritage Motor Museum.
As the children move up through the school, we start to introduce residential trips, very gently at first, with a one-night stay at Woodrow High House for PP2 children in the summer term. Forms III and IV spend three fun-filled days at the PGL Liddington Adventure centre in September, while Form V set off to London and sleep in bunk beds on HMS Belfast for two nights, in between visiting museums and eating pizza.
There is nothing like experiencing French culture in situ. In June, Form Vl land on the famous beaches in Normandy, where they learn all about D-Day. They also discover some amazing landmarks such as Etretat and Le Mont Saint Michel, embark on a real military submarine at La Cite de la Mer and have numerous opportunities to practise their Frence with the locals. But above all, they do have a lot of fun and build life-long memories with friends in the coolest place in France! In Form VIII the trip is saved until the end of the school year so that pupils can go away and have one last ‘hurrah’ all together before they say goodbye to Beachborough and move onto the next stage of their lives.
Trips can be paid for slowly in instalments. There are also extra trips on offer that focus on specific activities, for example, the bi-annual Music Tour and various sports tours.