There are substantial opportunities for A level students to complement their academic studies through involvement in our extensive range of extra-curricular activities. A selection of those available include the KAS Lectures series, art clubs, book clubs, chess, computing, debating, design workshops, drama productions, football and hockey for Sixth Form, History society, film club, fitness training, French, German, Italian, Latin and Maths Clubs, School newspaper group, Jazz choir, Chamber Choir, Barbershop, Orchestra, Wider Reading and Free The Children charity. King Alfred School students also take part in a wide range of festivals and competitions.
In addition to work given by subject teachers, extension opportunities are provided through a variety of events. These include:
- Termly public debates e.g. following the English Speaking Union
- Debating competitions in French and Spanish against other schools
- Literary critical theory
- Science lectures from visiting university lecturers
- Art/Photography workshops given by visiting art professionals
- DT workshops in woodworking, blacksmithing, jewellery making, and other crafts
- Masterclasses in drama and music related fields
- Mathematics Olympiads and Hans Woyden Cup competitions
- Coaching by PhD students in specific extension areas and a full programme of support for students wishing to apply for Oxbridge.
Learning Outside the Classroom
There are a wide range of trips designed to enhance the curriculum and students have many opportunities to visit London’s varied cultural facilities. Last year, these included various plays and musicals, art and photography shows, and visits to galleries, workshops, museums, university degree shows, businesses, book readings and festivals, Biology and Geography students organise residential fieldwork in various parts of the country and trips are organised by the MFL department for intensive use of target languages in France and Spain. Art and Photography students travel every year to a foreign city, which in the past has included Berlin, Barcelona, Venice, Istanbul and Paris. The History/Government and Politics department has led trips to Washington, Cuba and Moscow. The ICT department has taken students to New York and our Physics Sixth Formers will benefit from the biannual trip to Cern in Switzerland. In addition to these, our Sixth Formers have been instrumental in helping us to refine our programme of trips in response to student interests. Examples of this have included skiing in the Alps and rowing/sailing trips in a variety of locations.