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If you want more than the normal school day for your child, you've come to the right place. There's lots on offer!
All pupils, including the younger children, are enthusiastic and eager to participate in activities that are made available, and so so with great enjoyment.— ISI Report, Apr 2017
Always well attended, the wide range of clubs provides something for everyone. Running, Sports - rugby, hockey, football, netball, rounders, cricket, fencing - Drama, Strategy Games, Chess, Art, Computing and handwriting clubs are offered. Girls’ football and boys’ hockey are enjoyed, as are yoga and Mandarin. Clubs are often child-initiated - such as the knitting and model railway clubs.
Since 90% of pupils learn at least one instrument by the time they are in Year 5, there are ensembles galore to perform with: Berky Bows, Berky Blowers, Percussion groups, Jazz Band, Jazz Combo, Chamber Ensemble, Keyboard Orchestra, Junior Choir and VoxBox (Senior Choir). We also have the very popular Jigsaw - our beginners’ ensemble, which has fun putting the ‘pieces’ (instruments) together section by section to make up the whole piece of music.
The excellent extra-curricular programme is both exciting and varied and broadens the pupils’ creative and physical experiences.— ISI Report, Nov 2014
Hugely popular at Berkhampstead, the Chess Clubs run twice weekly for all from Year 3 onwards. We have huge success regionally and children regularly qualify for National competitions.
We field both an A and B team for fixtures, host our own congress and play for fun - lots of chess is played recreationally. Our two chess sheds in the playground, provided by the PTA, are well-used as children brush up their skills at breaktime.
We are delighted to be the venue for the Musketeers Chess Club. Musketeers is the largest and longest running children’s chess club in Gloucestershire and is very successful - it dominates county competitions and is noted nationally. The Musketeers are a friendly bunch who welcome all abilities. They meet at Berkhampstead from 7.30-9.00pm on Fridays during term time. Sessions feature ladder matches, individual and group coaching and, of course, lots of chess!
There’s plenty on offer for all to enjoy. A rich balance of music and sport gives opportunity for children to pursue their interests. Clubs vary term by term and include: Ukulele group - ‘Strum It!’ Percussion group - ‘Crash, Bang, Wallop!’ SupaStrikers football Club, Ballet, Maths Games Club, Chess Club and the ever popular Drama Clubs.