Learning should not be limited to the classroom. Learning outside of the classroom helps pupils to develop their enthusiasm for the subject, personal confidence and relationships with their classmates and their teachers. Extra-curricular trips are used to reinforce both the pastoral and academic provision at Arnold Lodge.
Learning at Arnold Lodge School extends well beyond the classroom. We take our pupils out into the real world whenever possible to help them experience the curriculum in a tangible way and to support their growing independence and self-confidence. Life in our Senior School is enhanced through a diverse range of clubs, trips and expeditions held throughout the year. Every year group in the Senior School will have one residential trip a year to look forward to alongside a number of day trips.
Extra-curricular clubs run during lunch times and from a range of clubs run from 3:30pm to 4:30pm each day.
From a day trip to the Houses of Parliament or Kenilworth Castle or camping in Poole, pupils are able to establish their independence and learn about what interests them in a safe environment away from home. Excursions such as hiking in Iceland or trips to the First World War Battlefields support learning from the classroom and fuel our pupils passions for the future.
- Year 6: PGL (Boreatton Park)
- Years 7 & 8: ‘Paris in Winter’ (Christmas markets in Arras, culture in Paris and a trip to Disneyland!)
- Year 8: Camping Trip to Poole
- Years 9 & 10: The Battlefields Trip (Ypres & the Somme)
- Years 11 & 12: Berlin Trip
Regular trips are arranged to watch professional sports people competing on the biggest stages. Recent outings have included the All England Badminton Finals, British Basketball League Finals and Wimbledon tennis. Our pupils have also performed the guard of honour for Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is extremely popular, with pupils from Year 9 working to gain awards. For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh programme, please contact Mr Gear (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Variety of clubs
We run an exciting range of clubs and societies to encourage children to try new things, share their passions with others and to make the most of opportunities. We aim to expose children to as many new experiences as possible, allowing them to explore their likes and dislikes. With over 40 lunchtime and afterschool clubs – from imagineering to drama, mandarin to street dance, choir singing to Warhammer workshops and karate to chess – the only complaint is that there is not enough time in the day.
If your child has an interest that you don’t think we cater for, we will do our best to set it up. Most clubs can be accessed free of charge, or for a nominal fee to cover the cost of materials. There is only an extra charge if a specialist outside instructor is brought in.
Academy of Dance
Our Academy of Dance is popular, with many of the school taking part in extra-curricular dance classes. From Little Lodge Nursery to Sixth Form, classes are offered in ballet, tap, street, disco and more. Pupils study for examinations following the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) syllabus and enjoy showcasing their talents at our annual Evening of Dance.
Arnold Lodge Theatre School
For 2014/2015, ALTS (Arnold Lodge Theatre School) has been running on a Wednesday evening from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. This new initiative looks to instil passions in performance for pupils right across the school. Our first production, The Wizard of Oz, was a huge success with many of our pupils across a broad age range taking part.
For September 2015, ALTS returns with our production of ‘Porridge’.