Life at The Priory School is enriched by our extra-curricular activities. These additional learning opportunities take place at lunchtime and after school, and they do more than simply expand our students’ experience; they offer exposure to the world beyond our doors. They tie us to the community of which we are part, give back to the people who support us and all that we do, and strengthen our students’ sense of identity as valued contributors.
The core mission of our community activities is to make a difference. Whether that be to share a skill, learn from others, or simply to give our time to someone who needs it. We are hugely proud of the community-led programme we have in place and we recognise the achievements of students past and present at our awards evenings. We’re thrilled at the way our extracurricular programme has helped our student’s growth and development.
Our activities can be broadly divided into the following categories:
Volunteering and charity – Students take part in a variety of volunteering opportunities both in school and in the local community, the recent highlight of which was the Charity Concert, entirely led and organised by students. They raised over £500 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, Mind and Beatitudes, and their commitment earnt them recognition at the Mole Valley Youth Awards. Each year the school also enters a team into the Mole Valley swimaraton event for Cancer Research. We also run a Young Carers Support Club for students who are young carers.
Educational outreach projects – The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading youth achievement award, and Priory students undertake the Bronze, Silver and Gold awards. We also take group field trips to educational points of interest, and are very proud to have two teams competing at the Greenpower inspiring engineers events. This year both our cars have made the international final and will be competing at Silverstone.
Academic – We offer a reading club and computing and robotics club. Each year we enter the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Maths Challenge with students regularly making regional finals. At our ReadingZone festival, we welcome inspirational authors as well as students from other schools.
Sports – The school competes in many local tournaments and fixtures against other schools but runs clubs in Netball, Football, Badminton, Rugby, Swimming, Trampolining, Cricket, Rounders, Athletics, Zumba, Darts, and Chess. We organise group trips like the annual ski trip to Wagrain in Austria and a Twickenham visit for the Six Nations rugby match.
Music – We have strong musical programme at the Priory, and a diverse range of associated classes; Youth Voice Choir, rock band, jazz band, African drumming class and guitar club. Students perform at school concerts, assemblies, the school’s annual production, afternoons of music, Christmas carol service, the Dorking Christmas gala, and the Mole Valley Youth Awards Evening.
Dance, drama and art – Students can join our drama club, poetry club, textile club, and Lego club, and those taking part in the dance class are always thrilled at the opportunity to perform on the professional stage at the annual dance showcase at The Harlequin Theatre, Redhill.