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Enrichment and Activities

Life at Leweston is a busy one, with all pupils encouraged to take part in activities. The school has a wide range of different activities, clubs and societies each term. The programme varies each term with pupils invited to comment and suggest future activities to be included. The school also organises a range of enrichment activities, trips and visits. Some are directly related to the curriculum, some are designed to promote social awareness, or to enhance physical skills, self-reliance and teamwork. Others will extend their knowledge of the world. The common factor is that they all make an essential contribution to a pupil’s development and education in the broadest sense of the word.

Prep School

From investigating crime scenes to performing extracts from ‘A Midsummer Nights’ dream around the grounds, and jumping back in time with Roman, World War 2 and Egyptian days. We have regular visits from theatre groups and famous authors, inspiring musicians and local experts. With so many things to see and do, pupils are given the opportunity to put their learning into action. 

All pupils from Reception to Prep 6 participate in trips and visits out of school. Recent trips have included visits to Gore Farm, Lulworth Cove, Careymoor Recycling centre, Dippy on Tour and We The Curious, Bristol.

The extensive programme of clubs and activities are offered to all ages. The programme is themed around academic pursuits such as debate club and art academy; hobbies like gardening, cookery and comic making; performing arts including ballet and LAMDA or sport with fencing, tennis and running club. 

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Senior

In the evenings there is an extensive after-school programme on offer to both day and boarding pupils. The large majority of the clubs are free, but where an external instructor is booked, a cost may be applicable. The daily bus services leave at a time that allows day pupils to participate. Day pupils choose options for Monday, Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays between 4.45pm and 5.45pm with additional activities for boarders at 7.30pm. 

There are also supervised homework sessions, which means pupils can come home with their academic work finished for the day.

Every weekend both boarders and day pupils are invited to participate in further activities and trips. The timetable is prepared in advance and circulated to all parents at the end of the preceding term but, in order to accommodate last minute opportunities, as well as the British weather, the programme is supplemented on a weekly basis.

Senior pupils regularly participate in day trips to historic sites, museums, galleries and  natural features to support the curriculum in History, Art History, Geography, English, Biology and Classics. There are regular theatre trips for pupils of all levels. Our choir makes regular concert tours both in the UK and abroad and we have sports tours and a ski trip every two years.

Sixth Form

At Leweston we are wholly committed to providing a holistic education for our Sixth Form students. Enrichment is an integral part of learning, therefore all Sixth Form students participate in our innovative LEaD programme, designed to develop additional skills and complement their academic studies.

In addition to the three LEaD strands: community, opportunity and respect, students have access to a range of other activities. They have an afternoon of physical education once a week with a range of competitive and recreational sports on offer and they can opt to train as lifeguards. They are heavily involved with the performing and creative arts programme. PHSRE sessions focusing on personal, social, health and religious education are delivered as part of the weekly tutor time programme, and visiting speakers and in-house teams lead sessions on a range of issues such as study skills, rights and responsibilities, citizenship, health and wellbeing, stress management, gap year opportunities and higher education. There is also a period a week devoted to consideration of various ethical and human rights issues. 

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Outdoor Pursuits

The Ten Tors Challenge is organised by the Army’s Headquarters South West with support from the Royal Navy and Royal Air Force. The Challenge is attempted in teams of six who navigate routes of over the northern half of Dartmoor, visiting ten nominated check points in under two days. Teams must be self-sufficient, carrying all they need to complete their route and stay out overnight safely. The Challenge is open to Year 12 students who commit for a period of training as well as the event itself.

Pupils can enrol on the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award at Year 9, Silver at Year 10 and Gold in Year 12. The Award focuses on personal development commitment, independence and responsibility. It is well regarded by both universities and employers and can support further education applications. Participants undertake activities under four headings: volunteering, physical, skills and expedition. The Gold Award takes 12-18 months to complete and includes a 5-day residential when participants have to undertake a shared activity.

Every year Prep 5, Prep 6 and Year 12 spend three days at Residential Activity Centres learning leadership and team building skills through outdoor activities.

Duke of Edinburgh Dates

TRAINING DATES FOR BRONZE 2024

EVENT DATE LOCATION
Training Day 10 March Leweston School
Guided Practice Walk 15 April Leweston Local Area
Practice Walk 21 April Leweston Local Area
Expedition 18-19 May Purbecks

TRAINING DATES FOR SILVER 2024

EVENT DATE LOCATION
Route Planning 2 January Leweston School
Training Day 4 February Leweston School
Practice Walk 25 – 27 June Cerne Area
Expedition 20 – 22 September Exmoor

"I think DofE is such a great thing to do as it can teach you so many new things that can be valuable to you even after you have completed your award, and you can also share many great experiences with your team."

Year 9 Student

This term's activity programme

Prep Activities Infographic Spring 24
Activities Infographic Summer 24