Learning Beyond the Classroom

Enrichment opportunities are a strong feature of the school. We offer students an extensive selection of activities beyond the curriculum, taking place at lunchtimes, after school, at weekends and, in the case of some residential visits, some of the school holidays.

Enrichment opportunities during and after the school day

Students in Years 7-11 remain on site throughout the day, and therefore our lunchtimes are particularly active. Many of our Clubs and Sports practices take place at this time. All students are encouraged to maximise their effective use of time, and participate in a broad spread of interests. Opportunities include:-

  • Art Club
  • Drama Club
  • Bands and Choirs
  • History Alive Club
  • Homework Club
  • Range of Sports Clubs
  • UK Maths Challenge

Educational Visits

We run a number of regular educational visits both in the UK and abroad:-

  • Year 7 Flamborough Head (Geography)
  • Year 8 Skiing to Italy (PE)
  • Year 8 Places of Worship (RE)
  • Year 8 Sculpture Park (Art)
  • Year 9 Watersports to Spain (PE)
  • Year 9 National Holocaust Centre (RE)
  • Year 10 Normandy, France (MFL)
  • Year 10 Skiing to U.S.A. (PE)
  • Year 10 Flamingo Land (Business Studies)
  • Year 11 Naples (Geography)
  • Year 11 Berlin (History)
  • Year 12 London Visit (Technology)
  • Year 12 French Exchange (MFL)
  • Year 12 The National Railway Museum (Physics)
  • Year 12/13 Munich (History)
  • Year 13 Robin Hood’s Bay (Biology)
  • Sixth Form Skiing to Austria (PE)

Sport

Our sports facilities are of high quality.

In addition to gymnasiums, we make full use of numerous Hockey, Football and Rugby Pitches, seven Tennis Courts, a Cricket Square, a Hard-Surface Athletics Track and a full-sized Floodlit ‘Astro-turf’ Pitch.

The extensive site and adjoining woodlands also provide opportunities for Cross Country Running and Orienteering.

We recognise our good fortune in having so much space, and proudly host many Area and County trials and matches.

It is hardly surprising that Tadcaster Grammar School enjoys a reputation for successful sporting achievements each year. Our students have gained many honours in recent seasons, at District, County and National Championship level.

For more information please contact Rob Solk (Faculty Leader for Physical Education)

Visual and Performing Arts

We are proud of our strong traditions in the Visual and Performing Arts. The Concert Band and Big Band have excellent reputations and are considered among the most accomplished school bands in the county. We give regular performances in school and in the York and Leeds areas. We have two choirs who enjoy regular rehearsals, a residential singing weekend and a variety of visits to see live performances throughout the year.

Our annual Art Exhibition showcases talented students from all year groups and students have the opportunity to exhibit and sell their work to a wide audience.

Every year the Visual and Performing Arts Faculty stages a full scale musical. Recent productions include: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Little Shop of Horrors, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Guys and Dolls and Zombie Prom. We encourage students to get involved in all aspects of production from acting and singing to playing in the band, stage management, choreography and sound and lighting.

We believe that all students should have access to high quality arts opportunities and we deliver a number of ‘open access’ activities such as: Drama Club, Pop Choir, Chamber Choir, Art Club, Brass Group, String Group, Saxophone Ensemble and for the rock stars of the future, the Jam Club.

For more information please contact Sam Buckley (Faculty Leader for Visual and Performing Arts)