Clubs and Enrichment

Education at Sir John Talbot’s School radiates well beyond the classroom and the school offers a wide range of after school clubs and enrichment activities. Independent study is encouraged and staff and facilities are accessible to facilitate and support this.

Physical Education
The Physical Education Department coordinates sports teams that enable students to participate in competitions locally, regionally and nationally. Sports include athletics, badminton, cricket, basketball, netball, hockey, tennis, swimming, rugby, rounders, football and cross-country.

Our students enjoy a very good level of success and we actively support students to peruse their sporting passions. We are immensely proud of our students’ achievements, both in and outside of the classroom, and aim to support them in all that they do. All students, whatever their abilities, are encouraged to take part in physical activities to promote a healthy lifestyle and the benefits of exercise. There is a busy extra-curricular programme in place and the school has strong links with local sports clubs through “Whitchurch Sport”.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award
For many years we have actively encouraged students to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and are very fortunate to have a number of staff qualified to lead the students to successful accreditation. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award provides students with a distinct opportunity to develop effective leadership skills, team-building, responsibility, perseverance, courage and endurance. Our students readily embrace this opportunity to take part each year and successfully complete the Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

At Sir John Talbot’s, the opportunities available to students outside of the classroom are excellent. From water sports trips in France, to the residential weekend at Colomendy, students are given every opportunity to transfer the skills they learn in the classroom to an external environment and bring their learning journey to life.
Recent trips have included:

• Historical Castle Visits
• Chester Zoo
• Manchester City Football Stadium
• The Natural History Museum
• New York
• Imperial War Museum, Manchester
• Year 7 and 8 visit to Normandy
• PGL Water Sports trip to France

Work Experience Programme
Annually, Year 10 students are encouraged to experience the ‘world of work’, when they partake in a one week work experience placement. The school’s extensive business network, both locally and further afield, ensures that students are found placements relevant to their interests and career aspirations and this forms a crucial element of their learning development.

The opportunities our young people have are broadened by our partnerships both at home and worldwide and the celebration of other cultures pervades the school community. Students willingly participate in charity events, raising money for local and international projects. We have recently joined forces with the local charity “Zest for Life”, who provide financial support for a primary and secondary school in Kenya.
We strongly believe that, as a result of globalisation, it is imperative that students have an understanding of global politics and citizenship, and develop an international perspective. We are further developing our International Programme to allow us to do just this.

Performing Arts
The school has good facilities for drama, fully equipped music studios and a full size stage and performance hall to enable students to extend their self-confidence and voice command. Students have vast opportunities to become involved in performing arts based activities both during and outside of school hours. Full scale school productions take place annually, as does the festive Christmas Carol Service, X Factor and musical concerts, giving opportunities for students to develop and showcase their talents. This is coordinated by the Creative and Technology Faculty and involves our local Primary Schools.

Student Leadership Group
All students have the opportunity to apply for positions in the Student Leadership Group. Roles lower down the school include Ambassadors and members of the Student Parliament. Higher up the school there are roles for Head Girl, Head Boy, House Captains and Deputies, Learning Mentors and Prefects. The selection criteria is complex and we ultimately look for students who will flourish within a role that demands autonomy and leadership qualities. It is important to us that all students show their loyalty to their school and more so within these roles of responsibility.

Extra-Curricular Clubs
The extensive range of clubs and extra-curricular activities take place during lunchtimes and after school – we would encourage students to take part, develop skills and have fun! Take a look at the list of clubs available for the 2021 autumn term below or download a pdf copy here.