We offer an exciting and varied range of extra-curricular activities to provide our pupils with the opportunity to develop a wide range of interests and skills.
Charlotte House clubs currently on offer include Drama, Gymnastics, Tae Kwando, Netball, Tennis, Science, Maths, Gardening, Ballet, Chess, Board Games, Library, Computers and language clubs covering Spanish, British Sign Language and Russian. We have regular visits from outside speakers to run after school Master Classes.
As part of our ethos, we believe that learning is not just for the classroom. Much of what a child learns takes place beyond the classroom walls.
School outings and excursions are carefully planned to ensure that they support the curriculum and will provide the girls with a safe, stimulating experience. Recent destinations include The British Museum, The National Gallery, The Roald Dahl Museum and Verulamium.
All children from Forms IV to VI take part in an annual Outdoor Education Trip. These include a variety of outdoor pursuits including caving, low ropes, orienteering, kayaking and team-building activities.
Form V spends three days in Suffolk. They stay in a magnificent Tudor barn and we are lucky enough to have the services of an ecologist who helps the girls to appreciate their surroundings through a variety of activities ranging from tree-hugging to bat-watching. During this trip we also cover history and art with a visit to a Tudor enactment day at Kentwell Manor and sketching at Flatford Mill.
Form VI put their language knowledge to the test with four days in France. The trip covers a range of activities such as sand-sailing, making new friends in a local French school, haggling at a market, milking goats and then making cheese. The girls come back reassured that all the hard work in the classroom has resulted in their being able to understand and make themselves understood whilst communicating with the French!
Mrs Wildman leads the School Council. A pupil representative from each class (except Nursery) is elected. The School Council meet weekly to discuss ideas to bring to the Headmistress.
We also have an Eco-Council led by Miss Francis. They are in-charge of promoting our status as an Eco-School and help the wider school community realise what they should be doing to help protect our beautiful surroundings. They have achieved Silver status and are working towards the Gold Medal.
As part of our enrichment programme, we offer a varied and interesting set of talks to stimulate intellectual curiosity and to broaden the girls’ knowledge beyond the taught curriculum. The girls have enjoyed talks on the following subjects:
- Simple economics (an understanding of supply and demand)
- A talk by a visiting Professor of Chemistry
- An in-sight into the customs of Papua New Guinea
- Tag-rugby session run by an ex-international rugby player.
These are held half termly and are open to any girl in Forms IV to VI.