We believe that confidence is the key to success in life, and therefore take it as our responsibility to provide our pupils with as many opportunities as we can to strengthen their self-belief. Confidence can be gained on the hockey field, as a member of a geology club, joining in the choir or taking part in the school play, and the confidence gained will filter through to all other aspects of school life.

Our sports and activities programme is already extensive but we find something new to add almost every term!

Opportunities in sport are provided through our weekly house matches and the various inter-school fixtures. We believe in ‘sport for all’ and one of our aims is to ensure that any child wishing to play for a school team has that chance.

It is important to set out with the ambition of winning and to show good sportsmanship to opposition teams. The girls play hockey and netball during the winter months whilst the boys play soccer and rugby. The children also enjoy cross-country running for which there is a challenging course within the school grounds. Our summer games are rounders, cricket, tennis and athletics. We also offer a comprehensive outward bound adventure programme.

Our extensive activities programme is an essential part of the curriculum and is intrinsically woven into the fabric of our school day. Pupils may also broaden their minds by studying such diverse topics as Italian, origami, drama, gardening, bird watching or enterprise – the list is almost endless.

We also have a very active School Council and so it is the children who often suggest the next new activity for us to incorporate into our already busy schedule.

To complement the term time work we also offer a range of trips outside of the curriculum, the classroom and often outside the country. These include activity trips and holidays, from Boggle Hole to Ireland, field trips to a range of locations which might include museums and castles or a study of the River Tees, or even a trip to Cadbury’s World!

Our youngsters get the opportunity to participate in a wide range of outdoor activities, which can include rock climbing, sailing and canoeing. There are frequent excursions to the sights of London and Edinburgh, visiting galleries and museums.