What is the Co-Curriculum?
At Wallington County Grammar School we believe passionately in the importance of the co-curriculum as a means of creating a rich variety of learning opportunities beyond the classroom. The co-curriculum encompasses all the activities, societies, competitions, sporting and artistic opportunities that one would expect from a truly world class education. The co-curriculum allows students the chance to pursue their own interests, to set their formal education in a context of employment and university aspirations and to embrace the wider ‘grand challenges’ of their future lives. It also helps students to develop skills and qualities, the ‘can-do’ attitude, the openness to new ideas and the drive to carry them to fruition, that will help them to flourish in the future. By doing so, we aim to create aspirational pathways that begin from the moment a student arrives in Year 7 and stretch through their time in the School and beyond.
How do I get involved in the Co-Curriculum?
There are many different ways in which students can become involved in the co-curriculum whilst in school. These include:
- The House System
- School Sports
- Clubs and Societies, including the Hutchins Society
- School Council
- Duke of Edinburgh Awards
- Charity events such as RAG Week and the Fashion and Talent Show
- School orchestra and ensembles
- Holding a student leadership position
- Woking as a Subject Ambassador, Anti-Bullying Ambassador or Student Mentor
- School Challenge and SMSC Days
In addition, students are warmly encouraged to participate in activities outside school, such as club sport, scouts, local orchestras, volunteering etc.
The Co-Curricular Strands
There are five main strands to the co-curriculum. These are designed to help students focus their co-curricular activities. Students who are fully engaged in the co-curriculum should look to combine activities from 3 or more strands.
Global Perspective - This strand focusses on activities that contribute to the wider community beyond the school gates. These could include: participating in RAG Week and/or the Fashion and Talent Show/engaging in other charity or volunteer work outside school; working with organisations such as Sutton Youth Parliament; contributing to globally-focussed clubs and societies; working with our partner school in Sri Lanka, Richmond College.
Local Perspective - This strand focusses on co-curricular activities that help make the School a better place. These could include: volunteering in the LRC or at Parents' and/or Open Evenings; contributing to the School Council; working as a Subject Ambassador, Anti-Bullying Ambassador or Student Mentor; helping to run school events; raising money for school projects; leading a school assembly.
Academic Development - This strand focusses on activities that increase subject knowledge or skills outside lessons. This could include: attendance at, contributions to, or leadership of academic clubs and societies; organising external speakers; academic trips or independent visits to museums, exhibitions etc; entering external competitions (Maths challenges; university essay competitions; work experience placements; attending taster courses/summer schools; any external academic qualifications; going on academic-focussed school trips; extra-curricular reading.
Physical Development - This strand focusses on all sporting or physical activities in which you take part, including: all school and club sport; House sporting competitions; going to the gym etc.
Creative Development - This strand focusses on all activities that help develop students’ creative development. This could include: attending or participating in plays and concerts; performing in bands or orchestras both in and outside school; attendance at or participation in art or photography exhibitions; attending creative clubs and societies, such as the Debating Society; attending external classes such as cooking or life drawing.
Personal Development - This strand focusses on activities that help to develop the student as a person, developing character and resilience in the face of challenge. These could include: holding a student leadership position; participating in the Duke of Edinburgh programme; participating in Year 10 Work Experience.