School Clubs, Sport and Drop-Ins
An outstandingly wide variety of clubs and extra-curricular activities are offered to students at The King Alfred School. All departments have drop-in times where students can go for help with their homework, or any aspect of the subject they need help with (usually before or after school).
Clubs range from sports clubs and teams for Football, Netball, Hockey, Touch Rugby, Badminton, Basketball, Rounders and Tennis, to music groups such as Barbershop, Chamber Choir, Jazz Choir, Middle Years Choir, Jazzworks, Flute Group, Soul Band and Orchestra, and clubs such as French debating, Latin, Italian, Maths, The History Society, Free The Children, Reading group, Sewing Club, ICT Club, Geography Quiz Club, Creative Writing, School Newspaper Club, Art Club and The Biscuit Club for homework.
A variety of curriculum extension opportunities are provided through a range of events:
- Termly public debates, eg following the English Speaking Union’s School’s Mace format
- Debating competitions in French and Spanish against other schools
- Lectures from visiting academics
- Art/Photography workshops given by visiting art professionals
- DT workshops in use of leather, shoe making, jewellery making, etc
- Masterclasses in drama and music related fields (eg Lesley Garret workshop for sopranos)
- Mathematics Olympiads and Hans Woyden Cup entries
- Geography fieldwork in Maidenhead, the Sussex coast and the Living Rainforest
‘Choice’ plays an important part in enriching students’ education at The King Alfred School. Intended to offer activities that are usually outside the school curriculum, it bridges subject boundaries and attempts to provide students with new and stimulating learning experiences. Also providing an opportunity for students from different year groups to interact, Choice takes place on Wednesday afternoon for students in Years 10 and 11, and on Friday afternoons for Years 7, 8 and 9. Rotating each half term, students are able to choose from a wide variety of options – categorised into the broad headings of “Head, Heart and Soul” - based on their own particular interests. ‘Head’ refers to learning a new intellectual or motor skill, ‘Heart’ involves mainly physical exercise and ‘Soul’ engages students in helping in the community. Typical choices offered might include Sailing, Film Club, Cooking, Song and Dance, Costume Design, Pottery, Music Composition, Designing a Video Game, KAS Radio, The Forge, Free The Children, Photography, Rock climbing, Football matches, Hockey, Skateboarding, Fitness training, Oaklodge art project, and helping in Hendon School or our own Lower School.
Drama and Musical Productions and Concerts
There are many opportunities for students to get involved in Drama and Musical productions. Some recent Drama productions across the Upper School have been: Alice in Wonderland, Treasure Island, and the school’s Shakespeare Festival included Romeo & Juliet, A midsummer Night’s Dream, Much Ado about Nothing.
Each year there is an Upper School musical production. Last term’s was Sweeny Todd, and other recent productions have been Into the Woods, Guys and Dolls and Grease.
Throughout the year there are a number of Theatre trips, Music concerts: Soloists, Christmas concert, Summer concert, ‘Unplugged’, ‘Axemonsters’, Festivals, Tours, and Drama and Masterclasses, with Lesley Garratt, Maria Friedman, Adjoa Andoh, to name a few.