Extra-curricular Opportunities

In addition to learning within the structured timetable of more than 25 hours a week, Bournemouth School also offers students a rich array of learning activities outside the classroom.

The volume and diversity of extra-curricular activities ensures that the interests and talents of individuals are met.  Numerous trips provide good opportunities to experience and learn about different cultures. Alongside the annual ski trip and trips to the World War I Battlefields, the languages department have offered in recent years  the opportunity for students to visit France, Spain and Germany. During the week before the summer half term students in Years 7 to 9 (whilst Year 10 complete their work experience) are engaged in a wide range of activities. A variety of trips out of school such as to Marwell Zoo, Kew Gardens and Portchester Castle are complemented by a number of activities in school, such as art and drama workshops, PSHE presentations, and enterprise/languages activities. 

Whilst the precise nature and timing of trips and visits changes from year to year, the mainstays of our extra-curricular provision are sport, music, the Combined Cadet Force, the Scouts and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Sport and Physical Education is at the heart of life within Bournemouth School. Students are encouraged to perform to their maximum capabilities in lessons, within the House sports programme, as part of the comprehensive extra-curricular programme or through the vast number of representative teams competing at local, regional and national level. A broad range of extra-curricular activities for those students who do not wish to compete in the main team events are offered, including options such as surfing, climbing, table tennis, dance, martial arts, basketball and badminton. Click here for further details

Our music department aims provide students with the opportunity to engage in all aspects of creative music making. A broad and balanced curriculum delivered in lessons across all Key Stages is supplemented by a full programme of extra-curricular activities and visits.  We also benefit from a team of visiting music teachers who teach a range of instruments. All students are strongly encouraged to develop their musical ability and join in some of the school music groups when they reach the appropriate standard. Click here for further details

Bournemouth School is one of very few maintained schools in the United Kingdom that has a Combined Cadet Force. We have Army, Navy and RAF sections and students who choose to join have wonderful opportunities to travel, sail, fly and take part in outdoor activities. In addition the school has a Scout troop, including a RN Sea-Scout section, which affords boys further opportunities to learn skills related to the outdoor life. Students from both the CCF and Scouts compete in events such as the annual Ten Tors expedition, and have the opportunity to participate in overseas expeditions and regional, national and international events. We are also a Duke of Edinburgh licensed centre.

The activities described above are supplemented by the offer of a number of other clubs to meet the diverse interests of our students.  The table below lists some of the extra-curricular activities available in 2016/17. The extra-curricular activity sheet for 2017/18 will be available early in the new academic year.

Name of Club Age Range
Badminton All years
Basketball All years
Big Band All years (by audition/invitation)
CCF 13+
Chess Club All years
Choir All years
Christian Union All years
Concert Band All years - Grade 3+
Debating Society Years 12/13
Drama All years
Duke of Edinburgh Years 10/11/12/13
Fitness Training All years
Football Training All years
Judo All years
MacMillan Choir Years 7/8 unbroken voices
Music Theory Club All years
Orchestra All years
Reading Group Years 7/8/9
Rugby Training Years 7/8/9/10/11
Science Club Years 7/8/9
Scouts All years
Table Tennis All years
Theatre Club Years 12/13
Young Engineers All years


During the year the Houses compete against each other in a number of activities which may change from year to year. These activities may include:

  • Football
  • Rugby
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Chess
  • Music
  • Speech Competition
  • Drama

Student successes in these competitions are reported in the school’s newsletter. The annual House Competition culminates in the school’s Sports’ Day, which normally takes place in July. The students take great pride in their House, and all competitions are fiercely (and fairly) contested!