Clubs and Enrichment
Education at The Marches School radiates well beyond the classroom. Independent study is encouraged and staff and facilities are accessible to facilitate and support this.
The extensive range of clubs and extra-curricular activities take place during lunchtimes and after school and include the school choir, school band, girls rugby, boys hockey, art, drama and history club, to name just a few.
Here is our extra-curricular activities for the Autumn Term – Enrichment Activities Autumn Term. Please note that Year groups will not be mixing for enrichment – even if they are in the same club on the same night students will remain in bubbles using different areas for the activity. Please refer to our lockdown notice*
Please follow the link to view the Extra-curricular Activities Policy.
*Extra-Curricular Activities During Lockdown Notice | 05/11/20
Government guidance for schools during the new lockdown was released on Wednesday night. Sadly, extra-curricular activities at the end of the day may not take place during the four week lockdown. We hope to restart our programme as soon as possible. Students should speak to the member of staff who runs their club if they need further information.
The Physical Education Department coordinate sports teams that enable students to participate in competitions locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Sports include athletics, badminton, cricket, basketball, netball, hockey, tennis, swimming, rugby, rounders, football and cross country. Our students enjoy an enviable level of success and we actively support students to pursue their sporting passions. We are immensely proud of our students’ achievements, both in and outside of the classroom, and aim to support them in all that they do. All students, whatever their abilities, are encouraged to take part in physical activities, to promote a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of exercise. A timetable of Physical Education extra-curricular activities can be seen by clicking here.
At The Marches School, the opportunities available to students outside of the classroom are exceptional. From football tours in sunny Florida, to spending the night in London’s National Science Museum, students are given every opportunity to transfer the skills they learn in the classroom to an external environment and bring their learning journey to life. Recent trips have included:
- University Residential Visits
- MediaCity UK
- Places of Worship trips
- LinkedIn head office in London
- Washington, Philadelphia and New York trip
- Mallorca trip
- Ski trip in Vermont, USA
- The Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool
- Year 7 Colomendy trip
- Morocco Expedition
The opportunities our young people have are broadened by our many partnerships both at home and worldwide, and the celebration of other cultures pervades the school community. This gives our students the prospect of experiencing what it is like to work in the business environment, participate in the local community and immerse themselves in other cultures through the many international partnerships the school nurtures and develops. We strongly believe that, as a result of globalisation, it is imperative that students have an understanding of global politics and citizenship, and develop an international perspective. Our extensive and collaborative International Programme enables us to do just this.
Work Experience Programme
Annually, Year 10 students are encouraged to experience the ‘world of work’, when they partake in a one week work experience placement. The school’s extensive business network ensures that students find placements relevant to their interests and career aspirations, and this forms a crucial element of their learning development.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
For many years we have actively encouraged students to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and are very fortunate to have a number of staff qualified to lead the students to successful accreditation. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides students with a distinct opportunity to develop effective leadership skills, team-building, responsibility, perseverance, courage and endurance. Our students readily embrace this opportunity to take part each year and successfully complete the Bronze and Silver Awards.
The school has first-class, professional drama studios, fully equipped music studios and a full size stage and auditorium to enable students to increase their self-confidence and voice command. Students have vast opportunities to become involved in performing arts based activities both during and outside of school hours. Full scale school productions take place annually, as does the festive Christmas Carol Service, coordinated by the performing arts department in partnership with local Primary Schools.
Student Leadership Group
As students progress into Year 11, they have the opportunity to apply for positions in the Student Leadership Group. Roles include Head Girl, Head Boy, House Captains and Deputies. Recently, additional ‘Ambassador’ roles have been introduced. These positions are led by senior students but are available to students in other year groups. They include: Charity and Fundraising Ambassadors, Student Forum Ambassadors, Student Welfare Ambassadors, Duty Time Ambassadors.
The selection criteria is complex and we ultimately look for students that will flourish within a role that denotes autonomy and leadership qualities.
Clubs and Enrichment