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Senior School: Beyond the Classroom

Co-curricular activities are central to students’ all-round development. We aim to provide as many opportunities as possible for our students to experience a wide range of activities that will enrich their lives in and out of school, and breed a greater sense of personal commitment and teamwork.

Gaining skills to grow as people

Woodbridge’s comprehensive co-curricular programme is an essential part of School life, complementing a student’s academic studies with a range of activities designed to foster a sense of teamwork, challenge ideas of what’s possible and cultivate companionship, respect and community.

This is woven into our weekly schedule, with Friday afternoons dedicated to activity outside of the classroom. Pupils in Years 7 and 8 participate in PE lessons, while nearly all students in Year 9 join the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) or Duke Of Edinburgh Award. Years 10 and above get to choose from a number of activities devised to aid the development of useful skills like leadership, organisation and communication.

A selection of the clubs available

Most activities lead to nationally recognised awards and certificates to complement a student’s academic selection, which is becoming increasingly important in University admissions. Options currently include:

  • CCF (Army, Navy and RAF sections)
  • Art (incorporating photography)
  • Strategic thinking (Chess)
  • Community service
  • Golf
  • Equestrian
  • Community sports leadership
  • Seckford Theatre support
  • Special School link (Thomas Wolsey)
  • Music
  • School magazine
  • Innovation and design

Clubs and societies will change termly and an up-to-date list will be published at the start of every term detailing where and when activities are due to take place.

General fields of activity

Music

There’s a wealth of music groups and ensembles to choose from, catering for everyone from the enthusiastic Year 7 beginner through to top grade Year 13 students. Opportunities include the Concert Band, Chamber Choir, Seckford Sinfonia, Pop Music Club, String Ensembles and many more!

Sport

After-school clubs and Friday activities exist for most of the sports offered at the School, taking place across our extensive grounds, all-weather pitches and superb indoor sports dome.

Drama

Most days, you will find our onsite professional theatre, the Seckford Theatre, resounding with the noise of a production in rehearsal, a full performance or academic drama studies. Join a club, or even apply for LAMDA lessons.

Chess

We are one of the very few schools in the world to have a full-time chess Master, Adam Hunt, who has coached the English junior teams. Find out more about lessons and the extensive range of chess clubs and events the School offers.

Combined Cadet Force

Divided into three sections – Royal Navy, Army and RAF – each has links and support from the regular services. Students get to exercise responsibility and leadership, and to learn from the services how they can best be developed as individuals. CCF is part of the Seckford Scheme.

Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award

Available to students from Year 10 upwards and covering Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, this excellent scheme develops skills, fitness, demonstrates commitment, and resilience to adversity. Expeditions form a major part of the award. DofE is part of the Seckford Scheme.

Further options

Model United Nations, equestrian, engineering, the School magazine and more… There are so many opportunities for students to broaden their horizons, develop their skills and prove their creativity, character and perseverance.

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