Beyond the curriculum
We believe extra-curricular activities help young people learn and develop.
St Christopher is proud of the many extra-curricular opportunities available throughout the year. We believe these are central to the development of well-rounded individuals and offer our pupils a wealth of new experiences. These help to develop essential skills of self-discipline, leadership and the ability to work as part of a team.
Once a week, within the school day, we run an Options programme which gives pupils in all age groups the opportunity to try something new and broaden their horizons. Pupils are able to choose from a range of different activities, including archery, philosophy, jewellery making, cycling, climbing, golf and yoga. The groups are run by staff or, in some cases, older students or specialist external tutors, and are an excellent way for different members of the School to get to know each other.
After-school and lunchtime activities
We also run a variety of after-school and lunchtime activities such as academic support groups, philosophy and debating clubs, a variety of sports and performing arts rehearsals. The library is staffed after School until 5.30pm for those children who would like to complete their homework or other independent study in School.
Year group activities
Each term, Years 7, 8 and 9 take part in year group activities known as Key Stage 3 days. Recently these have included a trip to the National Space Centre, visits to national galleries and exhibitions and music and movement workshops.
Late summer programme
During the last week of each academic year we run our ‘Late Summer Programme’. All pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 take part in residential outdoor pursuits trips designed to challenge them as individuals and also to give them the opportunity to work together in an unfamiliar environment.
In the Summer holidays, older pupils have the opportunity to take up overseas challenges that expand their horizons and introduce them to other cultures. These include working with a School in Ladakh, India and trekking across the Himalayas; community work and an eco-safari in Kenya; a trekking tour of the High Atlas Mountains in Morocco; and adventure activities in Slovenia.