The Co-Curricular clubs and activities that are on offer in the Junior School are many and varied, ranging from sport to craft, through to music and academic reinforcement. Each member of staff offers at least one club on a weekly basis and these occur on a fixed day of the week. They do vary from term to term though.
In the Junior School every pupil is attached to one of the four Junior School Houses; Kaye, Liddle, Poole or Taylor. This provides a competitive incentive in games, conduct and work.
Pupils participate in a wide variety of activities throughout their time at the School. Pursuits range from Chess Club to Gym Club and there are many activities and societies that operate during lunch times and after school.
Visits from travelling theatre groups, field trips, joint activities with other local schools and excursions to museums all assist in developing pupils’ interests and enthusiasms, as well as further broadening the range of experiences that begin to shape their young lives.
“There is no doubt that a lot of the success I have had in my career has been down to my time at BMS. Participating in Drama events taught me about public speaking, playing sport taught me about personal resilience, teamwork and leadership and the academic side taught me all about critical analysis and communication.”
OBM Dom Boom, People Director at Virgin Media
Our students’ School experience is enriched at each stage by the provision of an extensive range of co-curricular opportunities.
The Outdoor Opportunities programme is a comprehensive and integral introduction from Years 6 – 8. This can play a vital role in the development of every student in developing independence, new skills and taking responsibility. It leads to a variety of opportunities from Year 9 onwards including expeditions to Europe and a biennial remote expedition to the Developing World.
Another option from Year 9 onwards is the Combined Cadet Force which is open equally to both boys and girls and students’ can choose to join the Army, Royal Navy, Royal Marines or RAF. Cadets are trained in specific military and survival skills and are given significant opportunities for sport and outdoor adventure training.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is another option from Year 10 which is non-competitive and open to all on a voluntary basis. There are three levels of attainment: Bronze, Silver and Gold each of which has four sections – Service, Skill, Physical Recreation and Expedition.
In the Senior School and Sixth Form students are members of one of six Houses who challenge for the House Trophy involving around 50 events over the School year. Sporting, artistic, dramatic and musical activities operate on both School and House tiers and over 60 non-sporting clubs and societies operate in the Senior School.
A Community Service Programme is a fundamental part of School life and includes on-going voluntary work, fundraising events, the Senior Citizens’ Christmas Party and Youth Action who have organised charity football tournaments to raise money for autism and homeless charities.