King James' School

Extra-curricular Life in the Sixth Form

King James´s School is passionate about providing as many opportunities as possible for our students. Sixth Formers take part in cultural visits and research work across all curriculum disciplines, as well as sporting activities and competitive events.

There is a vast range of visits throughout the school year and during holidays. Residentials include water sports holidays to France, skiing and snowboarding in the Alps, expeditions to Sri Lanka and Thailand, exchanges to France, Germany and Spain, art visits at home and abroad, including New York. Other trips include theatre and cinema visits, an annual visit to the Crown Courts in Leeds and the opportunity to watch international sporting events. The annual Leavers´ Ball is a tremendous end to students´ Sixth Form career.

Our highly successful sports teams regularly achieve at regional and national level. There are regular team fixtures in all the major sports, including football, rugby, netball, hockey, basketball, badminton, athletics and cross-country. There are opportunities to coach teams and attend aerobics, fitness sessions and a running club. Two gymnasia, a sports hall, fitness room, Astroturf, floodlit tennis courts, outside courts and fields provide outstanding sports facilities.

Musicians are well catered for with a wide range of vocal and instrumental groups as well as extensive music technology provision. Opportunities are also arranged to visit events out of school, as observers as well as participants. Performances and tours are organised on a regular basis and the senior musicians undertake a European tour. Artists have an outstanding variety of opportunities within the Sixth Form. Life drawing classes are available for two hours per week to boost portfolios and drawing skills (these are particularly important for students entering Art Foundation course at university). Local drawing trips, visits to London galleries and trips abroad all feed into high-quality work that is celebrated at our spring and summer art exhibitions.

Actors perform to a very high standard in a variety of performances, including school productions such as Les Miserables and West Side Story, house drama competitions and the expressive arts evening. Theatre visits are organised throughout the year for students to enjoy.

Language students participate in annual exchange visits to Privas, Bebra and Cordoba. Scientists benefit from field trips, including a trip to the large hadron collider in Cern, and revision days using external expertise. Our history and social science students have the opportunity to visit the Palace of Westminster and the Imperial War Museum, Krakow and Auschwitz, and our Crown Courts.

Read more about the extra-curricular activities on offer at King James´s.