The creative component consists of art, music, physical education, performing arts, and digital creative media. Whilst being compulsory in Years 7 and 8, this arc will become an ‘elective’ in later years.
Performing Arts is at the very heart of the King’s community and all students follow courses in music, art and drama. Drama and music at King’s also enable students to work with the very best practitioners in modern theatre and peripatetic teaching. We endeavour to produce creative and innovative theatre which is exciting, powerful and dynamic. Indeed, the annual school productions are highlights of the King’s calendar.
King’s approach to sport is in line with the school’s central belief that education is concerned with the whole human being and that every student can achieve something worthwhile. The main objective of the sports programme is to identify and develop skills in every student. We are extremely proud of our sporting provision. We pride ourselves on being able to offer Rowing, Sword Fencing, Martial Arts & Lacrosse as core activities. In addition to this, students take part in dance, fitness, football, rugby, cricket, table tennis, badminton, rounders and athletics.
Outstanding performers in any sport are given every help and encouragement. If necessary, we may, after consultation with the student’s parents and teachers, arrange for a degree of flexibility in his or her timetable to allow for special coaching. For example, King’s employs a specialist coach in Rowing and students are given time out of their afternoon timetables to train and compete.
King’s also offers a substantial enrichment programme. More than 20 clubs are offered at any one time, including Chess, Conversational Spanish, Creative Writing, Debate Society, Volunteering, STEM, Sports teams, Music, Art, Drama and much more. In weekly PPE lessons (public speaking, philosophy and ethics), students develop both confidence and presentational skills in their weekly lessons.
Our unique link with NASA provides students with the opportunity to meet a real-life Astronaut and take part in a space programme whilst our strong partnerships with Cambridge, Birmingham and Sheffield universities enable all students to experience life at a top-class university first-hand. All of this is delivered wherever possible through the assistance of Digital Media, with every student issued with the latest tablet device.
The aim of the Combined Cadet Force is to provide a framework through which young people develop the qualities of team work, self-reliance, resourcefulness, leadership and responsibility. It also aims to engender a sense of public service and provides opportunities to take part in military training together with outdoor activities, including the Duke of Edinburgh Award and leadership qualifications accredited by the Institute of Leadership & Management.
All students at King’s will have the opportunity to apply for a place on the CCF which has a specialism in Air Power provided by the Royal Air Force. Every year, the cadet force expands with 24 new places, with all participants being able to enjoy regular flying & gliding opportunities at RAF Woodvale, going on camps, whilst taking part in all kinds of action, adventure and sports one full afternoon per week.