The school provides a vast array of opportunities for students to learn both in and outside the classroom in numerous ways, including international links and visits, our eXL (extra learning) programme, activity week and via fundraising activities held during the year. Our eXL (extra learning) programme takes place from 3 – 4pm each day. Students are able to choose from a varied programme of activities ranging from sport, music, dance and drama to extra support for curriculum based subjects, homework and coursework and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. This year, the school received a National Learning Outside the Classroom Award for Excellence and Innovation, as well as being chosen by HMI as an example of excellence for our work. “It is (Neston’s) vision, commitment and tireless efforts to find new and creative ways to inspire their pupils that will ensure the next generation of young people will be brighter, happier young adults with greater aspirations and a better understanding of the world around them.” Ofsted Good Practice report.
Activities are also held at lunch time and include activities such as, Samba Band, Pop Choir, Only 7s Aloud, Junior Band, Senior Band, Fortissimo Strings, Saxophone Ensemble, Guitar Club, Art, Seekers (R.E.), Drama, Homework Club, ICT, Science Club (called STEM) and Board Games
The school holds a full International Schools Award. As well as curriculum based work, the school organises exchanges with schools in France and Germany as well as educational trips to Paris, Berlin, Madrid, CERN, the Battlefields and Italy. The school collaborates with partner schools in France, Germany, South Africa and China.
Our annual Enrichment Week sees students undertaking a wide range of activities, trips and courses. Year 7 students have the opportunity to undertake a residential experience at the Conway Centre, Year 10 students go on a block work experience placement whilst Years 8 and 9 take part in International Day, sports challenges, trips to Chester Zoo and Alton Towers as well as two day courses ranging from Samba drumming, tennis, football to mountain biking, bushcraft and working with the Rangers. Among popular new additions to this spectacular week is a trip to EuroDisney (with a Maths focus and a trip to the Bay of Naples (with a Geography focus).
When visits are arranged parents are invited to make a voluntary contribution towards the cost. The school operates Tucasi which allows parents to make payments for trips/visits through a secure internet site. There is a link from the school website. Each parent will receive a unique password and access codes to enable them to use this facility. (Please see following page for further details.)
We organise instrumental tuition in partnership with ‘Music for Life’. Lessons are organised for most musical instruments including singing. Students are encouraged to take the examinations of the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music and we are a designated RSM exams centre.