Extra-curricular activities take place during lunchtime and after school, and provide the perfect opportunity for girls to try a number of new experiences for the first time, or to invest in developing their aptitude in a particular area.

Activities range from competing in school sports or performing in musical ensembles, to learning a new language or investigating engineering. Some clubs will run for the entire year, while others run on a termly basis.

The range of extra-curricular activities is purposefully broad, and firm favourites include: Young Engineers; Hacksaw club; Gadgeteer club; Raving Robots; rowing; athletics; netball; pilates; tennis; dance club; and hockey; Creative Writing club; Model United Nations; Allegro; Cantore; and Senior Orchestra.

Additionally, one afternoon lesson per week is dedicated to the girls’ enrichment programme, in which Sixth Form students enjoy the freedom to choose from a range of activities. The enrichment programme further enables our girls to investigate a wide range of challenges, establish leadership skills, develop new interests, and work with peers from different year groups. The girls develop political, media, environmental and cultural awareness – important attributes on which to build in later life, and which university admissions teams value.

The selection of activities varies from year to year, but some regular highlights include German, French, Spanish and Religious Studies film clubs; experimental skills in Chemistry; journalism; Japanese; Model United Nations; Raspberry Pi and python programming; introductory yoga; photography; extra GCSEs and Arts Award.

We run a successful external speaker programme during lunch times – Ladies Who Lunch – exclusively for our Sixth Form students. We have welcomed successful Cambridge women such as Penny Hubbard who spoke to the students about her training and career path as a woman trained in Law, and Professor Alex Walsham from the University of Cambridge who spoke about her career as an historian. Moreover, we benefit from welcoming our high achieving parents and alumnae to speak to students about areas of research and topics of national and international debate.