Extra Curricular Activities

One of the key features of Whitehill’s philosophy is to be able to offer all children activities which are extra to
the National Curriculum. Both children and teachers gain enormously from these as they offer an opportunity
to widen the children’s experiences outside the normal constraints of formal lessons but within familiar
surroundings and with friends.

We are very fortunate to have staff who volunteer to run most of these activities in addition to their other
school commitments. However there are a few areas where we are not able to offer expertise so we have
arranged partnerships with professional organisations for these activities.

At this stage it is vital that we emphasise that after school activities must never be used as an alternative to
after school care as sometimes clubs have to be cancelled at short notice. After school arrangements must be
made to allow for such eventualities. We do advise parents that where cancellation of a club would present
significant difficulties it would be better for their child not to join. There is after school child care at Highbury.
Bookings can be made by contacting the Fun Club on 01462 450925

When are the Clubs held?
Clubs for Years 3 and 4 are held mainly in break and lunchtimes during the school day. There are some
activities which run after school and it is essential that these year groups have suitable after school care
arrangements to allow for unexpected cancellations.

Clubs for Years 5 and 6 mostly take place after school as there is an expectation that the children will able to
make their own way home independently if a club is cancelled at short notice.

Clubs run by outside organisations after school hours provide contact numbers for parents.

Clubs do vary from term to term as they run thanks to the goodwill of the staff. Whitehill prides itself on the
range and variety of activities offered and like to remain flexible so that we can cater for new opportunities as
they arise. Also the commitments of staff can vary from term to term so that some clubs can become no
longer viable.

Clubs and Activities – Who can join?
There are clubs and activities available to all ages within the school.

Most clubs and activities are available for all abilities but there are a few exceptions. Later in the year, in the
netball and football clubs, children are chosen for their ability to play for the school teams. The choir is open
to all comers but they must be able to sing! Children who can play an instrument are invited to join the school
orchestra.

It is an expectation that if a child joins a club then they will attend for the whole term and if they are unable to
attend that either the adult running the club or the office is notified.

How much will it cost?
The clubs and activities run by outside organisations are chargeable. The charges for these are substantially
less than commercial fees because the school offers the site free of charge. The children benefit from these
reciprocal arrangements. These clubs may have different start and finish dates to those organised in school.
These need a termly commitment payable in advance on the first session to the organiser.

What to do next
With so many activities available it can be difficult to decide which to choose. For children who are just
starting at the school there are many new experiences and unfamiliar faces to get used to. The clubs do not
begin until the third week back in September and the second week back in the spring and summer terms so
there is time for the children to consider what they would like to do and to discuss their choices with parents.
Announcements are made in assembly for interested children to go to meetings and letters are given out in
those meetings for parents to give permission if appropriate. We do encourage children to sign up for the
clubs themselves as this is all part of gaining independence in school.

If there are too many children wishing to join a club, places may be awarded on a first come, first served basis
and a waiting list is created. Children do drop out of clubs and very few children are prevented from joining if
they wish to. Alternatively names may be drawn out of a hat.

Don’t Panic! If a child misses an announcement or meeting but would still like to join, providing there are
places, they can join most clubs at any time by seeing the adult running the club. If there are no places their
name will be added to the waiting list.

Different clubs may run during the school year. Children must listen out for announcements of new activities
or ones that may have to be withdrawn and look on the club noticeboard. Sometimes new clubs cannot start if
too few people show an interest.