At Sidcot we’re lucky in having an excellent rural location and top class facilities for sport, arts, crafts and environmental studies, as well as links with local community groups, charities and business. Activities run at lunchtime, after school, after tea and into the evening, as well as at weekends. With over 100 extra-curricular activities ranging from archery to trampolining, maths club to hill walking, we make sure our students have plenty of opportunities to try new things as well as developing existing interests. There’s plenty going on outside school too, with field trips, gallery and museum visits, international exchanges, music tours, lectures and sports fixtures, also available to students as they progress through the School.
Sidcot Creative Arts Centre bridges the traditional genres with the latest technology and state of the art facilities for fine art, music, drama, sculpture, photography and digital media. Our music school has a dedicated performance hall, practice rooms, a recording studio and music technology suite. Our drama department has the facilities to turn performances into theatre, radio, or film.
A whole range of sports are on offer at Sidcot: football, rugby, hockey, cricket, netball, tennis, athletics, horseriding, fencing, golf, dance, waterpolo, basketball, table tennis, dry slope skiing and many more, including some more unusual activities like circus skills and ‘Octopush’ (underwater hockey). We have a busy fixtures list throughout the year playing competitively against local schools with some excellent results. In the Sports Centre students have use of a superb 25 metre indoor heated pool, a multi gym, sports hall and squash court.
The great outdoors
Many of our students take part in a variety of outdoor challenges as part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, which is very popular at the school. They might also get involved in green initiatives like our recycling scheme or those run by local community groups. They can also join the gardening club, take up beekeeping or help with the development of our nature trail.
The glorious indoors
We can say with confidence that there truly is something for everyone in the list of indoor activities that includes digital media projects, debating, Bridge, jewellery making, TV production, the pre-university cooking club, pop and classical choirs, needlework club, maths cafe, bell ringing and much more.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Each year around 160 students take part in this non-competitive scheme. It places great emphasis on self-motivation and helps students develop confidence and responsibility. Completion of the awards gives students a sense of achievement and, with a Gold Award being seen as an equivalent to an A Level, provides a valuable contribution to their University application. Visit the DofE website.
Centre for Peace and Global Studies
The Centre for Peace and Global Studies was established to bring 21st Century Quakerism to life. Within the curriculum and throughout the school we encourage students to look into the community and the wider world.
Working for the community
Working to support charitable organisations is part of our Quaker values. Students are involved in organising events for Red Nose Day, Children in Need, Macmillan Cancer Support and local charities. We believe this experience is essential to develop maturity and empathy.