Our enrichment opportunities provide the chance for our pupils to further prepare for life in all its fullness. There is a broad and varied abundance of clubs, visits, trips and events at The Priory, furthermore due to the amount of places available the majority of the school can take part. We have compiled a list below of what we are offering this year so that you can see what you might like to take part in or look forward to as a potential Year 7. Whilst this is an example of our current provision staff are always willing to start new clubs if there is interest from our students.
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 swimarathon 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, 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. We run 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 a 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.