Life at The Grange School extends beyond the classroom walls, with a programme of over 90 enrichment activities a term for our students to take part in.
Such activities and experiences are invaluable to the development of confident, well-rounded individuals and as such we expect and encourage all students to get involved.
Whether it is the wide range of sports on offer, the multitude of performing arts opportunities, academic extension activities, community service or charitable activities, there really is something for everyone. If a club does not exist... We encourage our students to set up their own – the most recent of which is our Dungeons and Dragons club! This is one of many leadership opportunities for our students, including various captaincies, school council and digital leaders.
Life also extends beyond the school site, with a diverse programme of trips. On joining The Grange School in Year 7 and Lower Sixth, the pastoral teams run an induction programme for their year group at Bewerley Park and Lancaster University respectively. Whether it is experiencing the joys of the Halle Orchestra playing in Year 7 through to the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ experience in the Sixth Form, our staff run a variety of trips to gain real-world experience and nurture a love of learning. During the school holidays, The Grange ventures further afield with Duke of Edinburgh expeditions, Biology and Geography fieldwork, sports tours and cultural experiences across a range of subjects. In the past five years, our school was one of the first to visit the Galapagos Islands and has also visited South Africa, Borneo, the USA and Morocco to name but a few.
A common element to everyone’s enrichment programme is the House system as every student is a member of one of our four Houses (Bollin, Dane, Gowy or Weaver). In the first half-term, the House Music or Drama competition gives all students an immediate opportunity to make their contribution, no matter what your child’s talents or abilities, everyone is invaluable for putting on a good show. Across the rest of the year, there are over 20 competitions and students can contribute to their House by competing themselves or helping to coach younger students. Everyone recognises how the House system is about more than winning though, valuing the feeling of belonging and sense of community that it offers.
For those students who make the most of the opportunities, school life is busy but fulfilling and they truly live their education. Almost all of our students recognise the importance of enrichment in adding to their school experience by giving them the opportunity to discover and explore their talents and interests. Furthermore, we find that committed involvement is a key factor in academic success, as students who are happy and engaged in school life (and developing stronger relationship with staff) tend to have greater resources to draw upon when academic challenges get tough.