Learning Beyond the Classroom
“Students whole heartedly engage in a very wide range of extra curricular opportunities” – Ofsted 2018
A wide and varied programme of extra curricular activities is central to our ethos of developing the whole person, inspiring students, and helping every student to achieve their potential. Students are encouraged to express themselves through sport, music, drama, technology and outdoor pursuits. Click here for sport fixtures, clubs and results. Please see below for details of current extra-curricular activities.
Our outstanding facilities, including an impressive sports hall, state of the art gym, pump track, dojo and astroturf pitch, as well as specialist drama studios and individual music practice rooms, encourage students to develop skills across a variety of different areas. Various productions in drama, concerts in music and frequent fixtures in sport are magnificent opportunities for our students and community to celebrate and enjoy their skills.
Our extremely popular Learning Resource Centre is a hub of creativity. Regular events and clubs take place here: please visit our LRC webpage.
Ashlyns offers a wide range of opportunities that promote independence and learning in the wider sense: students are encouraged to participate in competitions such as the Rotary Challenges in Technology, Maths, Youth Speaks, and Young Chef. Every year our students develop their research and presentation skills in the charity First Give competition as well as taking part successfully in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme. Alongside a wide variety of curriculum based trips, we offer further opportunities such as the World Challenge expeditions, last year to Nepal, as well as the ever popular biennial ski trip.
Clubs and extra curricular activities help to lay the foundations of future successful and responsible citizenship of society, and we encourage students to be involved in local groups and local community projects, such as the Swan Youth Centre, Berkhamsted Raiders Community Football Club, RAF Air Cadets, and Rush Judo. A student action eco-group meets regularly to discuss whole school environmental issues.
Students help raise funds for many charities through their House, where they have the opportunity to nominate and promote their own favoured charity, and through the First Give project. Charity work is close to the hearts of many of our students and they are involved in a variety of ways with organisations such as the Hospice of St Francis and the Wamba Community Trust.
We have a thriving and successful Student Leadership programme, where student leaders work both within Ashlyns and the local community on initiatives to effect change and to develop their own leadership skills in varied environments. More details about the Student Leadership programme can be found here.