Beyond the Classroom

At St Mary’s we prepare our students for the wider world and for life after school. A rolling programme of clubs and activities is on offer for girls at St Mary's - from first aid and craft to Japanese - and trips abroad take place all year round to complement students' studies.

Enrichment Sessions

Two Enrichment Sessions every week are set aside for girls to take part in an activity of their choosing from the wide range on offer. Students are encouraged to try something new and that contrasts with any other activities they might be already involved in. As many students travel to school by school bus or public transport, clubs and activities are not scheduled after school, apart from sport training sessions and matches.

Enrichment Guide 2018-19


Lunchtime clubs and sports fixtures

Lunchtime Clubs are entirely optional but present more opportunities for students to broaden their interests. There are opportunities for sportswomen of all abilities to take part in clubs and squad training throughout the year. Sports fixtures take place after school, either at home or away.

Lunchtime PE Clubs



Themed weeks and days

Cross-curricular weeks and days encourage students to widen their learning. Science Week, International Week and Eco Week all offer opportunities for students to explore these important aspects of life in more depth and to take part in activities that deepen their understanding. Charity days promote students’ understanding of the lives and challenges of others.


Trips and residential stays

Learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom so there is a programme of trips and visits to enhance students’ learning in all subjects. Some visits throughout the year are residential and involve travel abroad, for example the joint History and RE visit to Krakow for GCSE students. A popular ski trip is arranged every other year.


Activities Week

A whole week in June is set aside as Activities Week - each year group is offered the chance to travel abroad for a residential visit to a place of cultural or educational interest. Students who prefer to stay in school enjoy a programme of activities and challenges.

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