Co-Curricular

The ethos at Westonbirt is to stimulate and educate the whole individual and all girls are encouraged to take part in co-curricular activities during the week.

There is a wide variety of clubs on offer which change termly and range from Art to Zumba. Some of these support and extend curriculum areas and others introduce new skills and help the girls to discover hidden talents.

Active pursuits such as World Challenge and Fencing, intellectual pursuits such as Debating and Philosophy and creative pursuits such as Jewellery and Crafts are all offered. A popular course is ‘Fun with Chocolate’ – there is already a waiting list for next term!

Click here to view our Summer Term 2015 Clubs & Activities Booklet

A local teacher, formerly a professional ballerina with international dance companies, visits the school in the evenings offering ballet classes to suit girls of all abilities. This is the ideal opportunity for girls new to ballet to take it up as well as for highly experienced dancers to continue to develop their skills and work towards examinations.
The Beaufort Polo Club is one of the schools nearest neighbours, offering the ideal venue for girls to experience polo. Many choose to take polo as an optional extra. Prior equestrian experience is not essential but in the past girls who are experienced horsewomen have gone on to develop their polo skills to a high level. For those who prefer to watch, there are frequent trips to matches at the weekends.
World Challenge is a well-known and widely respected international travel programme. Part of the challenge is that girls must raise the required funds themselves (around £3000) and train for the event. Girls then travel to a distant country and undertake a demanding trek, such as climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, followed by a period of working on a community project, such as building a village school, before finally enjoying a bit of R&R at a local resort. Our next group is bound for Laos in 2014.
The girls love film nights, when the Orangery Theatre is turned into a cinema, rolling down the big white screen. At weekend girls also have the opportunity to go out to see the latest releases at cinemas in Swindon and Bristol, where there are at least two suitable films to choose from. Occasionally the girls opt to try and make their own films; this is a popular activity during the Summer term Enrichment Week.