Diverse and Engaging Opportunities
A high proportion of students choose to take part in the rich extra-curricular opportunities provided by the school. In addition to our extensive extra-curricular sports programme, our students can express and develop their talents in a wide variety of ways, including: dance, drama, music, art, textiles, media studies, public speaking, reading clubs, creative writing and in a host of other ways. We provide a wide and ever-increasing range of lunchtime and after-school clubs, including: Philosophy and Ethics, Rainbow Society, Robotics, Boxing, Chess and Science and often host guest authors in the library to complement our Accelerated Reader programme. From September 2022 students will have the opportunity to work with NE Youth in workshops on Internet Citizens, Life Skills and Financial Management.
After School Clubs
For the Timetable of Sporting clubs please see the PE and School Sports Page
- Students have the opportunity to join a weekly drama and music clubs, where they can work with upper school students in developing their performance skills and take part in the annual school production as cast or crew.
- The school band is made up of woodwind, brass and percussion players, they, along with the rock band and school choir, perform classical and popular music to local audiences at school and in the community.
- Dance students have the opportunity to work with professionals from external organisations, then plan, rehearse and perform their own dance evenings.
- Our prestigious annual art exhibition of student work and arranges a series of visits to local and national galleries, as well as inviting artists to visit Whickham and work with students.
The Whickham Way
Many of our students write for and help to edit our half-termly school magazine – The Whickham Way – a fantastic way to showcase all the wonderful things we do at Whickham whilst honing their journalistic writing or photography skills.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
Whickham School runs the acclaimed Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme at all three levels. This is open to students from years 9 to 13. As part of the rigorous programme they complete an expedition, carry out volunteering and for the Gold award, organise and participate in a residential trip.
The school participates in a host of international visits each year. Students have visited Poland, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, Switzerland, Andorra, Tanzania, Uganda, Mexico, Morrocco and the USA. Students also have the opportunity to take part in the 3-4 week World Challenge expeditions