Activities and Co-curricular Programme

An exceptionally varied and exciting programme of activities is offered every week with timetabled sessions on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Activities also spill over into evening sessions and weekends, change each term and many are a direct result of pupil requests.

And while our campus may be an inspiring place, there’s nothing like getting away from the classroom to encourage learning in situ and every opportunity is taken to enhance the curriculum with a diverse programme of visits and excursions at home and abroad. 

Activity Programme

Archery Clayesmore Cookery School  Junior Geography Society  Sports Development
Art Climbing  Kayaking  Squash
Badminton Cricket Nets  Mechanics  String Group
Basketball Current Affairs  Military History Society  Swedish Club
Bead Art and Jewellery Making Dance  Model United Nations  Target Practice
Board Games DofE Training  Music Theory  Technology Club
Book Club Dressmaking and Design  Netball Skills  Tennis Coaching
Boys’ Hockey Eco Club  Newsletter Group  Textiles
Chess Club Fishing  Orchestra  Theatre Technical Crew
Choir Film Club  Pottery  
Clay Pigeon Shooting Film Making  Robotics  
Combined Cadet Force Football  Rugby Sevens  
Concert Band Girls’ Hockey  School Magazine  
Crafts & Things Horse Riding  School Play  


Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

The school offers all students the chance to participate in the Bronze level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme (DofE). Pupils enroll at the beginning of Year 10 and spend the next 12 to 18 months completing their Award. Approximately 75% of Year 10 pupils choose to embark upon the programme and almost all of these will complete it before the end of Year 11.

Participants engage in a wide variety of activities and take true ownership of their Award and responsibility for their progress, which is closely monitored by our experienced team of DofE staff. The expedition takes place in local countryside, providing participants with the opportunity to explore the area around their school and gain a much greater appreciation of their surroundings. Many students comment on how nice it is to be able to walk out of the school gates and straight into the countryside without the need to take a minibus to the start point.

In the Lower Sixth, we offer students the chance to work towards their Gold Award: This is a prestigious achievement, highly regarded by employers, and is no easy ride for the participants.

Our team monitors and encourages the participants to get organised and book their residential section, which is unique to the Gold Award. Participants undertake a wide variety of volunteer work, such as assisting in local primary schools, sports training, environmental and wildlife projects and raising significant sums of money for local charities. The Gold expedition is a true test of an individual’s stamina, character and ability to work as part of a team. Students undertake a rigorous and detailed training programme, both in school and in wild country that culminates in a qualifying expedition on Dartmoor. Approximately 40% of the Lower Sixth students embark upon their Gold Award and many complete this by the time they leave at the end of Year 13.

Combined Cadet Force

The Clayesmore Combined Cadet Force (CCF) offers our pupils a whole realm of activity, adventure and opportunity with a weekly parade and one hour training session on a Wednesday afternoon. There are excellent opportunities to develop team building and leadership skills which are of immeasurable value. Activities include fieldwork, orienteering, assault courses, rifle ranges, flying lessons and camping expeditions. The CCF is tremendously popular and pupils often continue in the CCF right the way through to Sixth Form.

We have both Army and Royal Air Force sections and the unit is fully voluntary, with first entry possible in Year 10. A good number of senior cadets stay on into Year 11 and the Sixth Form, becoming Non Commissioned Officers (NCOs), and they very much enjoy the opportunity this gives to practise their leadership skills and help the younger cadets. All Year 10 cadets will learn about basic field craft, drill, skill at arms, orienteering, first aid, navigation, RAF Part 1 Theory, and get the opportunity to try the confidence area and Close Combat Trainer.

All cadets have the chance to attend Air Experience Flying and an Army Training Area annual camp (usually in the last week of the summer term), and sometimes we also have places on an Easter RAF Camp. The CCF often competes in the Dorset Cadet Challenge and similar competitions, and there is a biennial inspection. On alternate years the CCF runs a Field Day for Year 10. The Officer Commanding is Major Emma Dorey and she is assisted by SSI, Ian Rockett, and a number of other full-time staff.

A wide and varied programme of alternative activities is offered to those who choose not to join the CCF. This includes: the Bronze Medallion Life Saving Award, a First Aid Course, a Hockey Umpiring Course, Fundraising, Volunteering and charity awareness.