Clubs & Activities
At Caterham School, we believe that a truly excellent school is about more than academic achievement alone: it is also about developing a passion for learning, a capacity for independent and critical thinking, self-awareness and resilience, self-confidence without arrogance and genuine interests that extend beyond the confines of the classroom.
We focus on developing the whole person, aiming to ensure that each pupil leaves here ready for the challenges of life at university and beyond and understanding their responsibilities towards others. We want our pupils to leave Caterham well equipped to engage positively with a rapidly changing world as accomplished problem solvers and innovators, confident in their ability to lead and with a clear appreciation of and respect for the views and potential of others. In so doing we remain true to our founding Christian principles and values.
It is the aim of the School’s Co-Curricular programme to foster these qualities and skills whilst supporting the Academic and Wellbeing programmes.
This is realised through a programme of activities which:
- fosters commitment and develops resilience; students are encouraged to challenge themselves by caring and involved members of staff who understand the goals of our pupils’ personal development.
- offers a wide range of academic, sporting, artistic, cultural, charitable and leadership opportunities which enables individual students to find and pursue their personal passions whilst developing transferrable skills and qualities.
- enables individual students to find a level of commitment which provides an appropriate balance between endeavours in timetabled lessons and beyond these.
- encourages both participation at a level suited to the individual and the pursuit of excellence where appropriate.
The co-curricular programme aims to develop leadership skills; this is particularly true in The Sixth Form when pupils are encouraged to lead new activities and societies about which they are passionate.
Pupils are strongly encouraged to take responsibility for designing their own co-curricular programme, in consultation with their tutor. A Freshers’ Fair is held at the start of the Autumn Term as part of the Schools’ Induction Programme for both new and existing pupils. Pupils are encouraged to reflect upon their co-curricular programme, considering how they are making use of opportunities to develop skills and qualities which will serve them in life beyond school.