We recognise the importance of students developing personal qualities alongside their academic studies and offer a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students to participate in.
There are many extra-curricular opportunities for Sixth Form students to get involved in, no matter where their interests lie. We have thriving sport, performing arts, Duke of Edinburgh award and student-led activities on offer throughout the year.
Our College is well regarded for its sporting prowess and students regularly triumph in multiple disciplines. There are many opportunities to take part in sports, either for fun or on a competitive level to develop a sense of camaraderie and enhance team-working skills as well as helping to keep students fit and healthy. Sports currently offered include athletics, badminton, cross-country running, cricket, equestrian, football, hockey, netball, rugby and skiing but this list evolves.
We have a strong and thriving performing arts department which is well respected in the local community. Dance and drama are key elements of our creative arts expertise and our students have a wealth of opportunities to be involved in clubs and productions throughout the year. From contemporary dance to dramatic performances at the Georgian Theatre Royal and shows at college, there are many opportunities for students to perform or get involved in a back-stage role, so there really is something for everyone. Sixth Form students are regularly leaders in the Evolution Dance company or key members of the Sixth Form Theatre Company.
Sixth form students also make a significant contribution to the music department’s large range of extra-curricular events. There are many ensembles across all genres, from classical and choral to jazz and rock. Groups perform locally, as well as in national competitions, in respected venues, such as the Sage, Gateshead.
The College has also enjoyed great success with the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, running the Gold award. The area surrounding Richmond and the Dales is the perfect setting for students to hone map reading and expedition skills and we work closely with staff at the outdoor centre at Marrick Priory.
The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a most-rewarding project where students dedicate time to community work, an expedition and other challenging activities. The programme builds confidence, develops self-esteem, and is highly regarded by universities and employers.
The students themselves play a large part in organising activities and extra-curricular events which interest them. There is currently a student-led Debate Club where topical discussion takes place, a thriving Board-Games Club and a workshop for developing a newsletter. However, student groups each year determine which activities best address their interests and we support as many of them as we can.