“An exceptional aspect of the curriculum is the high quality of enrichment experiences and the wide range of extra-curricular activities that are an integral part of the students’ learning” – School Inspection Service 2015
Lunchtime & After School Clubs
Extra-curricular clubs are offered at lunchtime and after school to develop pupils’ skills and interests, encouraging them to grow socially, morally, culturally and physically. Activities vary each term to provide maximum choice for students, whilst regular squad training continues throughout the year for our various sports teams. Activities can include film appreciation, debating, close harmony singing, supporting the local community, running, photography, European culture and samba, to name but a few.
For further information on clubs at the Senior School and how to book, please click here.
Our weekly timetabled Enrichment Programme also allows pupils to explore new and unusual activities in vertical age groupings. All pupils can choose from an exhaustive list (around 25) of activities, which vary each term and can include: engineering, chess, yoga, sports leadership, ethics, astronomy, literary genre, ancient cultures, dance, song-writing and costume design.
Trips & Visits
At North Bridge House Senior Hampstead, we offer a wide range of off-site educational visits to local and international places of interest. Last academic year saw pupils experience London’s renowned and hidden attractions whilst gaining a taste of French, German, Spanish and even African culture on over 50 school trips.
Trips in and around the Capital included everything from London Museum, London Zoo, the Natural History Museum, the V&A and the Imperial War Museum to the Olympic Park, Keats House, the Globe Theatre, Thorpe Park and a number of theatre visits. The PE and Classics departments ran day trips further afield to Brighton and Bath.
Each year, within their pastoral roles, Heads of Year organise residential trips for pupils to develop their team building and survival skills. Pupils typically enjoy adventure and water sports at Hindleap Warren in Sussex and Bude in Cornwall. We also run termly reward trips for commended pupils as well as an annual trip for the overall winning house.
Key Stage 4 pupils benefit from a range of global opportunities, which have recently seen them conduct Geography fieldwork in Iceland and Wales and venture to Berlin and the Battlefields of Belgium with the History department.
MFL students put their language skills into practice with trips abroad, immersing themselves in French and Spanish culture in places like Chinon and Salamanca.
Now on the agenda, GCSE students have the exciting chance to backpack around Malawi, hiking, kayaking and experiencing safari along the way. Following the success of the inaugural expedition in summer 2017, during which a group of intrepid Year 11 students set out to help build a primary school in the developing country, we are planning another visit in 2019.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
In Years 9 and 10 pupils have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme, which involves an overnight expedition. The DofE is a highly popular extra-curricular activity on offer at North Bridge House Senior School. Every year, pupils embark on the programme with the help and supervision of our specially trained staff, developing a range of skills as well as strength of character. Find out more here.
Workshops & Events
We are very proud to host a number of guest speakers, workshops and events every term, allowing pupils to experience everything from the world of ancient Greece to an astronaut’s view on the future of space travel. Talks and events explore scientific research, fiction-writing, charitable enterprise and politics, as well as topics studied within the curriculum.
Year 10 pupils also benefit from a weekly live interview forum, World of Work, which offers a privileged glimpse into the realm of employment and supports their selection of work experience.