“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. During most recent trip in summer 2019 a group of intrepid Year 11 students set out to help build a primary school in the developing country.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s (DofE) Award is very popular with North Bridge House students and every year, pupils embark on this nationally recognised programme – which is highly regarded by employers, colleges and universities – with the help and supervision of our specially trained staff. Students learn to work both independently and as part of a team, embracing new and exciting challenges and making memories for life.
We believe that experiences beyond the classroom can really help to develop strength of character, which in turn, enhances academic performance. DofE is a particularly rewarding programme in this respect, growing determination as students work towards progressive levels of achievement.
There are three different levels of DofE Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold. The increasingly challenging but rewarding programmes are designed for young people aged 13 to 24. Participants can choose to embark on any or all of the levels, so long as they meet the minimum age requirement. We offer students the opportunity to embark on DofE with the support of their friends and teachers, and begin with the Bronze Award, after which many choose to pursue Silver and Gold.
The programme involves four sections: Voluntary work in the community (volunteering); enhancing personal health and fitness (physical); developing new skills (skills), and the challenge of an exciting expedition (expedition). For the Gold Award, there is an additional Residential section.
You can find out more at www.edofe.org.uk
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.