Broadening Horizons: An Introduction
Naturally, we put a high importance on academic excellence and providing a rich and varied curriculum, but we don’t underestimate the value of our students having access to pursuits outside of the classroom. We want to provide a learning environment that doesn’t stop when the bell rings at the end of the day.
We do this through our extensive extra-curricular opportunities that aim to provide new experiences, build confidence and help every student reach their full personal potential. At Bishop Perowne we call this our Broadening Horizons Programme.
In addition to what are seen as traditional after school activities, such as team sports and music, we try to offer a broad range of pursuits so that every student will have at least one activity of interest available to them.
The opportunities include a number of clubs from Mountain Biking to Law, from STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths) to Choir, from Homework Support to Fashion Design, and from Calligraphy to Debating.
We also offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme to students.
A full timetable of the clubs that form part of our Broadening Horizons programme is published at the beginning of each academic year, and places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note: due to increasing levels of Covid-19 many clubs are currently only able to cater to a single year group. Students will be notified of these changes through their Tutor Group sessions.
The benefits that come with taking part in an extra-curricular activity are far-ranging, so here’s why we’re encouraging all students to make use of what we offer.
Improved Academic Performance
Participating in extra-curricular clubs students are passionate about can increase their brain function, help them concentrate and manage their time better – all of which contribute to higher grades.
Some students worry that participating in extra-curricular clubs may take away too much time from their schoolwork, thus hurting their grades; however, extracurricular activities can actually improve grades and their outlook on school.
Learn something new
Many students choose an extra-curricular group that is linked to a hobby that they are already interested in, but as our clubs are open to students of all abilities, they also provide the perfect opportunity to try something new, which could develop into a new passion.
Extra-curricular clubs give students something fun to do aside from school. It also gives them the chance to explore their passions to discover things they may be interested beyond their academic studies. Broaden social circles Extra-curricular clubs are open to students of all ages, meaning they step away from only learning with peers from their year group. This helps to build new friendships with students who have a common interest.
Essential Life Skills
On top of all of the benefits of extracurricular activities we already talked about, one of the greatest advantages extracurricular activities give you are ‘real world’ skills.
These skills include (but are not limited to):
- Goal setting
- Time management
- Problem solving
- Analytical thinking
- Public speaking
The more students push themselves in their extra-curricular endeavours, the more they’ll develop these skills.
Learning something new and succeeding in an activity that is enjoyed can boost our students’ confidence, increase their self-esteem and basically make them feel good about themselves, which will have a positive impact on mental health and well-being.
The chance to have fun
Perhaps the most important benefit is that extra-curricular opportunities give our students the chance to have fun while doing something they enjoy!