Clubs

Not a moment of the day is wasted at Guildford High School.

Participation in clubs and societies complements time spent in the classroom. We see it as vital to pupils’ wellbeing.

mr will saunders, deputy head enrichment

We are a busy school and all pupils are encouraged to join clubs and push their boundaries. With more than 70 different activities on offer each week, the biggest problem pupils face is how to fit them all in. Clubs run before school, at lunchtime and after school every day and our extracurricular programme goes hand in hand with our academic programme. A sample of the types of clubs available to pupils in the Senior School can be found below.

 

 

Clubs on offer

Arabic

Would you like to learn another language? This club provides an opportunity for pupils to learn Arabic from scratch up to GCSE specifications. Available to all year groups.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday lunch and Wednesday before school (advanced)

Architectural Models

During the Trinity Term, pupils in Years 8-9 can fully immerse themselves in the world of architecture, working collaboratively or individually in learning how to use a 3Dimensional CAD software package; Google Sketchup. Once a plan has been decided, they will scale down their building and make a physical prototype of the design using a variety of materials.

Open to: Years 8-9

Time: Monday and Thursday lunch in the Trinity Term

Athletics

A squad training session for selected athletes to maintain their technique, core strength and fitness runs during the off-season (Michaelmas and Lent terms). In the Trinity Term, full training for selected team athletes and club athletes takes place at the Spectrum Leisure Centre (all-weather track) on Monday evenings. Other training sessions for track and field athletes take place at school during lunchtimes and early mornings.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times throughout the year dependant on the term

Attenborough Films

Sir David Attenborough has inspired millions by bringing the natural world into our homes. In a career spanning seven decades, Attenborough’s name has become synonymous with the natural history programmes produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Extend your scientific knowledge in this club.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday lunch

 

Badminton (6)

U12 and U13 Badminton

Open to all pupils in Years 7-8 who are interested in learning or improving their standard in this sport.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Tuesday lunch

U12 and U13 Badminton Squad

Selected players from Years 7-8 are invited to attend this practice session to prepare for inter-school matches, district and national tournaments.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Wednesday lunch

U14 and U15 Badminton

Open to all pupils in Years 9-10 who are interested in learning or improving their standard in this sport.

Open to: Years 9-10

Time: Monday lunch and Thursday before school

U14 and U15 Badminton Squad

Selected players from Years 9-10 are invited to attend this practice session to prepare for inter-school matches, district and national tournaments.

Open to: Years 9-10

Time: One lunchtime a week

Senior Badminton

Open to all Year 11 and Sixth Form students to play recreational badminton or for extra U16 and U18 team practice.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday lunch

 

Biathlon

A training session for all potential biathletes to improve their running fitness and speed alongside other Cross-country runners. All ages and standards welcome.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday and Friday before school

Big Band

Open to all pupils who play saxaphone, piano, bass, brass and percussion instruments at Grade 5 or higher.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

Book Groups (4)

Book Group (Year 7)

This extracurricular activity provides Year 7 pupils the chance to discover their inner book worm. Through reading a variety of newly published fiction, pupils can develop their enthusiasm for reading in the company of friends and sixth-formers, who lead the discussions. They develop their interests through being exposed to a wide range of new writing.

Open to: Year 7

Time: Four Thursdays each term before school

Book Group (Year 8 & 9)

This extracurricular activity provides Year 8 and 9 pupils the chance to discover their inner book worm. Through reading a variety of newly published fiction, pupils can develop their interest in reading and begin to think deeper than the words on the page.

Open to: Years 8-9

Time: Friday lunch

Book Group (Year 10 & 11)

A twice-termly informal book group for Years 10-11. You choose the books and we chat about them over tea and cake!

Open to: Years 10-11

Time: Thursday lunch

Book Group (Sixth Form)

An opportunity for all students in the Sixth Form to discuss contemporary novels and extend their love of literature beyond their academic subjects.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday before school

Brass Ensemble

This group is open to all Brass players from Years 7-Upper Sixth and provides an opportunity to practice together with plenty of performing opportunities.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday before school

CanSat

Gain practical experience working on a small-scale space project. Aimed at Year 11-Lower Sixth students, CanSat is a European Space Agency competition where you will design, build and test a miniature satellite that fits inside a small drinks can.

Open to: Years 11-Lower Sixth

Time: Wednesday after school

Cello Ensemble

This group is open to all Cello players from Years 10-Upper Sixth and provides an opportunity to practice together with plenty of performing opportunities.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday after school

Chamber Groups (7)

GHS hold seveen Chamber Group clubs: Chamber Group – Trio, Chamber Group – String Trio, Chamber Group – Wind Quartet, Chamber Group – String Sextet, Chamber Group – String Quartet, Chamber Group – Four Violins and Chamber Group – Piano Trio. Open by invitation to Music Scholars and Music Exhibitioners to extend Chamber Music experience, these clubs lead to an annual concert.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday before school apart from the Chamber Group – Wind Quartet who meet Friday before school

Chamber Orchestra

For string players from Grade 7, and others as needed, auditioned from the Symphony Orchestra.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday after school

Cheerleading

A recreational activity (not USA style ‘side-line cheerleading’) comprised of dance, jumps, tumbling and other stunts.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday lunch

Chemistry Booster Clinic

Providing targeted support for those who need help to improve following a disappointing AS result. Also providing extra help for anyone who needs it in the lead up to A Level exams.

Open to: Year 13

Time: Tuesday lunch

Christian Union

Christian Union is for anyone interested in exploring the Bible with plenty of games as well.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday lunch

Cipher Challenge

Compete against other schools in a race to crack a variety of different ciphers. This should appeal to linguists, mathematicians and computer scientists alike.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday after school

Clarinet Ensemble

This group is open to all Clarinet players from Years 7-Upper Sixth and provides an opportunity to practice together with plenty of performing opportunities.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday before school

Classics

A fun and interactive club where pupils can come to explore and engage with all elements of the classical world through a variety of exciting and inspiring activities ranging from creating Greek vase balloons to Trojan Horse piñatas.

Open to: Years 7-9

Time: Friday lunch

Climbing

This session is held at the Surrey Sports Park and taught by specialist instructors. Guaranteed to build strength, power and increase aerobic and anaerobic fitness levels. A wonderful new skill for some that could inspire a lifelong interest, particularly those who love the outdoors. This incurs an additional cost.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday after school

Cookery

At cookery club pupils will gain confidence in the kitchen, develop their cooking skills and have the opportunity to try new recipes.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday and Tuesday lunch (Years 7 and 8) and Monday and Tuesday after school

Corporate Communion

A service of holy communion with boys and staff of the RGS. The services alternate between being held at GHS and the RGS.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Once a term

Creative writing

A weekly get together where we write in different styles and genres.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Tuesday lunch

CREST awards

CREST awards are an opportunity to complete a challenging and thought-provoking real-world STEM project (Bronze: Y7-9, Silver: Y9-11, Gold: Sixth Form). Your project will inspire you to think and behave like a scientist, engineer or designer. CREST awards are nationally recognised, and completing your project will demonstrate that you are a creative thinker and problem solver.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday after school

Cricket

During the Michaelmas and Lent terms, an out of season training session is run for experienced hard ball players to maintain their standard and improve individual skills, whilst an additional Cricket Nets session is organised as a sport for all activity, developing individual softball cricket skills, particularly bowling and batting. All ages and standards are welcome to attend both of these. During the Trinity term, each age group has a designated weekly lunchtime practice that welcomes all team and club players to play and develop their game. Selected team players (U12, U13, U14 and U15) will have additional training sessions, either at lunchtime or early morning.

Open to: Years 7-10

Time: Various times throughout the year dependant on the term

Cross Country

An activity that blends runners of all ages and ability, including recreational runners participating for the benefit of enjoyment and physical wellbeing, as well as competitive athletes looking to improve their overall fitness and performance. The school cross-country teams are selected from pupils committing themselves fully to this weekly session.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday and Friday before school

Cryptic Crosswords

Aimed at anyone who enjoys puzzles, problem solving and playing with words, this club will teach pupils how to crack the code of cryptic crosswords and derive real enjoyment from them.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday lunch

Dance

A recreational activity for all developing pupils’ musicality through contemporary movement, involving a whole range of dance styles, such as ballet, jazz and hip hop. During the year, pupils learn a choreographed routine to perform at the annual Great Big Dance Off, a national schools’ competition.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday lunch

Debating

The ability to speak eloquently and persuasively is continually cited as one of the key skills required in the 21st century. GHS tuns two clubs: the Debating Society (Years 9-Upper Sixth) and It’s Debatable! (Years 7-8). Both clubs give pupils the chance to speak on a range of issues, acquiring the skills to think on their feet, challenge information, organise their thoughts logically and quickly and to present a point of view concisely and fluently. In Years 7-8, pupils learn and develop their oracy skills through the weekly lunch time It’s Debatable! club, and from Year 9 they join the Senior Debating and Model United Nations (MUN) sessions. At all levels as pupils enhance and refine their skills, they compete in numerous debating, MUN and public speaking competitions with local schools and beyond; the senior debating team has an outstanding track-record, frequently progressing through to the advanced rounds of the ESU Schools Mace competition and having frequently represented the South East region at the European Youth Parliament national sessions. Alongside sending delegations of pupils to around seven MUN conferences each year, allowing pupils to explore a range of political, environmental and social issues from the perspective of different nations, we began running our own annual conference in 2018, giving pupils an opportunity to take ownership of the event and develop their skills as a team. All of the competitions and conferences are an excellent way to encourage taking initiative, effective and clear communication and to develop research skills.

Open to: All year groups

Time: It’s Debatable! – Tuesday lunch (Years 7 and 8). Debating Society – Alternate Monday and Thursday lunch (Years 9-Upper Sixth)

Digital

Explore digital technology through a variety of activities, including Minecraft for Education, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing and Raspberry Pis.

Open to: Years 7-9

TIme: Wednesday and Friday lunch

DT

An opportunity for students in Years 7 and 8 to design and manufacture their own products to be sold at the GHS Christmas Fair.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Friday lunch

Duke of Edinburgh

Delivery of an internationally recognised award that facilitates personal development in a number of key areas including resilience and self-reliance, and enables our pupils to achieve recognition for their wide range of skills and interests. We offer all three levels; Bronze (Years 9-Upper Sixth), Silver (Years 10-Upper Sixth) and Gold (Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth).

Open to: Years 9-Upper Sixth

Time: Several calendar dates throughout the year

European Youth Parliament

The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is an educational project which brings together young people to exchange ideas and debate current topics specific to the needs of young European citizens in a parliamentary setting. The EYP encourages independent thinking and socio-political initiative, facilitating the learning of crucial social and political skills. GHS students have taken part in regional, national and international sessions, forming friendships and making contacts across and beyond boarders.

Open to: Lower Sixth

Time: One meeting a week from October until March 2020

Fashion Design

This is a club for pupils who would like to work on a capsule collection that will be showcased at the GHS Fashion Show in January.

Open to: Years 8-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday and Thursday lunch

Fashion Show

The Guildford High School Lower Sixth students run the school’s annual Fashion Show in aid of our school charity, the Alice Ramsey Trust. This charity was set up by the parents of a former GHS Head Girl who tragically died of a brain tumour whilst at university. There is an apportunity for Lower Sixth students to direct, produce, choreograph as well as deliver the marketing, technical and wardrobe aspects of the show. All pupils are welcome to take part in modelling or dancing and can put themselves forward for selection. The Fashion Show takes place once a year, usually in January.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday after school

Fencing

A weekly session taught by a highly qualified peripatetic instructor, providing pupils with the opportunity to learn the three disciplines of this combat sport, i.e. épée, foil and sabre. Pupils who enjoy this activity often progress to joining the club after school, which incurs an additional cost.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday lunch and an after school club

Film Making

Learn how to use a camera to film and create your own movies, in a variety of different genres. From stop-motion to greenscreen, to horror movies and music videos. Learn how to make voice overs, how to edit, and how to write scripts to make your own masterieces from scratch!

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Monday lunch (Year 7) and Tuesday and Friday lunch (Year 8)

Fit for Life

An opportunity for those not involved in sports teams and practices to use the fitness suite equipment in a relaxed, supportive environment. Pupils work to their own goals and comfort levels. This session is particularly aimed at anyone who lacks confidence in cross-country and other endurance events.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday and Friday lunch

Flute Ensemble

Pupils are able to join either the Lower School or Upper School Flute Ensemble. These groups are open to all Flute players from Years 7-Upper Sixth and provide an opportunity to practice together with plenty of performing opportunities.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday before school

Football

A fun, sport for all activity open to all pupils interested in this sport. Occasional fixtures are organised against other schools for those keen to participate more competitively.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Friday lunch (Year 10), Tuesday lunch (Year 11) and Monday lunch (Sixth Form)

Foreign Language Speakers

Open to any pupil who has had a lot of exposure to another language: perhaps having foreign parents, having lived abroad, or even having a passion for trying out a new language!

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday before school

Forensic Science

The field of forensic science draws from a number of scientific branches, including Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, with its focus being on the recognition, identification, and evaluation of physical evidence. Come along and try your hand at solving a case using forensic techniques.

Open to: Year 9

Time: Tuesday lunch

French (3)

French Spelling and Translation

An opportunity for all students to improve their French spelling and translation skills in an informal setting.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Thursday lunch

French Translation

An opportunity for Upper Sixth students to improve their translation skills from English to French, giving them plenty of practice in an informal setting.

Open to: Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday lunch

GCSE French

Open to any GCSE French pupil who would like to revisit areas of the GCSE curriculum and practise their speaking skills.

Open to: Years 10-11

Time: Various lunchtimes

GCSE & A Level DT Clinic

Open to GCSE and A Level DT pupils. Pupils will have the opportunity to use the studio for support with their coursework.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday lunch and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday after school

GCSE German

Open to any GCSE German pupil who would like to revisit areas of the GCSE curriculum and practise their speaking skills.

Open to: Years 10-11

Time: Tuesday lunch

GHS & RGS Joint Parents’ and Staff Choir

The GHS & RGS Joint Parents’ and Staff Choir meet in the Lent Term biennially. They join the other school choirs and orchestra for a large scale concert at G Live or Guildford Cathedral. There is no audition and previous years the choir has consisted of over 200 members.

Open to: Parents and Staff

Time: Wednesday evening

GHS and RGS Joint Chamber Choir

An auditioned choir, comprising the most able singers from both Guildford High School and the Royal Grammar School. Maximum of 40 singers (20 GHS & 20 RGS). Many singers are awarded choral scholarships when they leave school. Challenging, SSAATTBB repertoire is performed.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Tuesday after school

GHS and RGS Joint Orchestra

Open by invitation, the GHS and RGS Joint Orchestra meets for one term each year, leading to a concert at G Live or a tour. Previous tour destinations have included Sicily and Catalonia.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday after school

GHS Pride

A social group that meets once or twice per half term, in conjunction with other local schools, to celebrate diversity and inclusivity, with a particular emphasis on the LGBT+ members of our community.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Once/twice per half term

Golf Academy

All ages and standards, from beginners to advanced, are welcome to join the school’s Golf Academy on Friday evenings. The session is professionally taught at Hoebridge Golf Centre, using their floodlit range and other practice facilities. Golfers with official handicaps are entered for county competitions, whilst all developing players are encouraged to represent GHS at informal inter-school matches.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday after school

Green Team

Green Team is open to anyone wanting to do something more for the environment. Pupils can get involved with ideas and help to organise events in school alongside helping to open people’s eyes to the wonderful green options available to them!

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday lunch

Guitar Ensemble

Enjoy learning guitar, building technique and playing together through the year.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday before school

 

Gym Squad

This session is for selected gymnasts who train at a high level to represent the school in Surrey and national school competitions, in floor, vault, tumbling and sports acro.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday lunch

 

Gymnastics

A sport for all activity that encourages keen gymnasts to develop their skills, particularly those who would like to improve in order to gain selection into the school Gym Squad.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

Hockey

All ages and standards, from beginners to advanced, are welcome to join the school’s Hockey Club that takes place at Surrey Sports Park. All players are given the opportunity to represent GHS in inter-school matches.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday after school

 

Horseriding

Pupils of all ages represent the school in various equestrian events.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times throughout the year

Indoor Rowing

A wonderfully competitive, strength and stamina boosting activity that requires both individual and team effort on the rowing machines in the Sports Centre Fitness Suite. Sessions are attended according to age and are open to any standard, from newcomers to advanced rowers. Teams are selected for various competitions, including national and internal leagues. Some pupils extend their interest to rowing on water at external clubs and often continue to row at university.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday before school and Monday and Thursday lunch

Inter-Faith Discussion Group

Providing students of all faiths, cultures, no faith, or varying philosophical orientations the opportunity to join together for discourse, friendship and healthy challenging of our preconceptions!

Open to: All year groups

Time: Once per half term before school

 

Interior Design

Design and manufacture innovative products for the home combining resistant materials and soft furnishings. Each mini project has been designed to explore different aspects of the home including storage, lighting and work surfaces. Katherine Bedson Interior Design and Landscaping will be the industrial link providing valuable experience of working with industry and meeting deadlines. There will be opportunities to enter competitions throughout the
year.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday after school

 

 

ISGA Gym Squad

The school’s top gymnasts are invited to train in this elite squad from which they can be selected to represent GHS at national schools’ competitions.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday and Wednesday after school

Jewellery

An exciting opportunity to develop silver-smithing and stone setting skills to design and manufacture different items of high quality jewellery. You will be taught how to join metals together with silver solder using the brazing hearth as well as casting techniques and many more exciting processes.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

 

Junior School Classics

A fun and interactive club where pupils from our Junior School come to explore and engage with all elements of the classical world through a variety of exciting and inspiring activities. This club is run by Year 10-11 Classicists and supervised by Classics teachers from the Senior School.

Open to: Years 10-11

Time: Monday after school

Knit and Natter

Open to all abilities, Knit and Natter will enable you to set some mindful time aside and build on your knitting skills. Bring along your own projects or support us in knitting for charity. This club is guaranteed to bring some calm creativity to a busy week.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday lunch

Lacrosse (6)

U12 Lacrosse

Weekly training sessions for all Year 7 (U12A-D) team and club players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 7

Time: Thursday lunch and Friday morning

U13 Lacrosse

Weekly training sessions for all Year 8 (U13A-D) team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 8

Time: Monday lunch and Thursday before school

U14 Lacrosse

Weekly training sessions for all Year 9 (U14A-C) team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 9

Time: Monday before school and Wednesday lunch

U15 Lacrosse

Weekly training sessions for all Year 10 (U15A-C) team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 10

Time: Tuesday lunch and Wednesday before school

1st & 2nd Lacrosse (Senior)

Weekly training sessions for selected team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Tuesday before school

3rd & 4th Lacrosse (Senior)

Weekly training sessions for selected team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Tuesday after school and Friday before school

Lacrosse Shooting Clinic

An extra training session for team players of all ages to improve their specific shooting and goalkeeping skills with the benefit of individually tailored coaching. All team goalkeepers are expected to regularly commit, whilst shooting is a more optional activity.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday after school

Lamda

Lamda is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies. Pupils work up the grades with practical communication and performance assessments. Lamda examinations provide every student with support in self-confidence, vocal and physical technique and language awareness, important life skills for whatever path is chosen. Disciplines taught include Acting, Verse & Prose and Speaking In Public.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Every lunchtime and after school

Latin Translation

For those that love the language, this club provides additional opportunities to translate unseen passages of Latin.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday lunch

Lower School Chamber Choir

An auditioned choir of approximately 45 pupils. These pupils must be members of the Lower School Choir.

Open to: Years 7-9

Time: Wednesday lunch

Lower School Choir

Do you love to sing but don’t want the pressure of auditions? Then this choir is for you. Available to those of all abilities in Years 7-8. The choir consists of approximately 80 pupils.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Tuesday lunch

Management Committee

Year 13 students organise Sixth Form social events, help manage the Common Room and organise Leavers’ items including the yearbook and hoodies. They can also contribute to the running of the Leavers’ Ball.

Open to: Upper Sixth

Time: One weekly meeting

Mathias Band

For woodwind, brass and percussion players ready to start ensemble playing up to approximately Grade 5, when they may move on into the Wind Band and/or Symphony Orchestra. The band is made up of around 60 musicians.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday after school

 

Maths Enrichment (4)

Maths Enrichment (Year 8)

A club for pupils in Years 8-11 where problem-solving and mathematical discussion takes place in a variety of contexts.

Open to: Year 8 – by invitation

Time: Monday before school

Maths Enrichment (Year 9)

A club for pupils in Years 8-11 where problem-solving and mathematical discussion takes place in a variety of contexts.

Open to: Year 9 – by invitation

Time: Thursday before school

Maths Enrichment (Year 10)

A club for pupils in Years 8-11 where problem-solving and mathematical discussion takes place in a variety of contexts.

Open to: Year 10 – by invitation

Time: Friday before school

Maths Enrichment (Year 11)

A club for pupils in Years 8-11 where problem-solving and mathematical discussion takes place in a variety of contexts.

Open to: Year 11 – by invitation

Time: Tuesday before school

Mentoring

A select group of Year 12 students will act as peer mentors for other pupils in the school. They will have weekly meetings with their metees to help guide them through some academic or organisation issues.

Open to: Lower Sixth

Time: One weekly assembly period

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) is an activity in which participants assume the role of national ambassadors or representatives to debate and seek to solve global issues. Join this club for an opportunity to debate in and outside of school at local and regional events.

Open to: Year 9-Upper Sixth

Time: Alternate Thursday and Monday lunch with the Debating Society

Modern Languages Festival

An exciting opportunity for students to showcase their linguistic and cultural talents during this one week festival held at GHS.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Rehearsals throughout the Lent Term

 

Mr Walden’s Music Project

Over the course of the year, Mr Walden records a song written by a pupil (or group of pupils) to radio quality to release on Spotify. This year, he is hoping to combine his two clubs so that the Production Club pupils can mix the track written by the other pupil.

Open to: Lower Sixth

Time: Various dates throughout the school year

Music Theory Lessons

Examine the elements that construct a piece of music, including notation, key signatures, time signatures, and chord progressions. This club provides pupils with the opportunity to prepare for the Grade 5 Theory exam.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday before school

 

Netball (5)

U12 Netball

Weekly training sessions for all Year 7 (U12A-H) team and club players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 7

Time: Monday lunch and Wednesday before school

U13 Netball

Weekly training sessions for all Year 8 (U13A-F) team and club players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 8

Time: Tuesday before school and Friday lunch

U14 Netball

Weekly training sessions for all Year 9 (U14A-F) team and club players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 9

Time: Tuesday before school and Thursday lunch

U15 Netball

Weekly training sessions for all Year 10 (U15A-D) team and club players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 10

Time: Thursday before school and lunch

Netball (Senior)

Weekly training sessions for all Year 11 and Sixth Form (U16A-D and 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th) team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Lower-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday morning and Wednesday lunch

Netball Shooting Clinic

An extra training opportunity for team players of all ages to improve their specific shooting skills with the benefit of individually tailored coaching. It is highly desirable for all team shooters to attend if they are able.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday before school

New Views Play Writing

New Views Playwriting club is for anyone looking to begin, develop and hone their skills in writing. We will also go on a theatre trip together.

Open to: Years 9-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday after school

Pantomime

Every year, the Lower Sixth write and produce the annual GHS Pantomime to be performed by the new Year 7s.

Open to: Year 7 and Lower Sixth

Time: Various dates throughout the Michaelmas Term

Photography

Let’s take off the automatic camera setting and get creative with our shots! Open to anyone with an interest in photography as a hobby.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

 

Piano Duets and Trios

This is an ensemble for piano pupils who would like to explore, learn and perform piano duets and trios.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday after school

Piano Six Hands

This is an ensemble for piano pupils who would like to explore, learn and perform piano ensemble repertoire for six hands.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday before school

Pilates

A sport for all activity that welcomes pupils of all ages, taught by a peripatetic instructor.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday before school and lunch

Production

Mr Walden takes a small group of two to three pupils and teaches them the basics of recording, mixing and sound production using ProTools. They will also assist in mixing the track written by another pupil in Mr Walden’s Music Project.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

 

Recreational Swimming

An opportunity for pupils to enjoy a calm, relaxed and social swim or for those wanting a fun session with a group of friends. Individual swimming lanes can be made available on request for those preferring to use the time to improve their fitness.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

Research in Schools

This is a new club, where teams of students will be partnered with live research at universities helping researchers to analyse real data that has not been reviewed before. We will be working on the James Webb Space Telescope project, using spectral analysis to identify objects of interest for future observation.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday and Friday lunch

Robotics

Build a robot, and compete against other schools in a series of engineering challenges.

Open to: Years 7-9

Time: Thursday lunch

Rock and Pop

This is a student-lead, staff managed band in which students choose the songs they want to learn, we then meet up to rehearse once a week in a fun, relaxed environment to have fun making music and learning to play in a band together. We aim to play at two or three events during the year, ranging from school assemblies to the RGS’s ‘Lockefest’.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday after school

Rounders

A sport for all activity, developing individual batting and fielding skills with game play. All ages and standards welcome.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times throughout the Trinity Term

Rugby

A fun, sport for all activity open to all ages and standards. Pupils will play Touch-rugby, which does not involve the normal physicality associated with tackling etc.

Open to: Years 7-9

Time: Wednesday after school

Sailing

An externally organised club which pupils can choose to take part in.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times throughout the year

SATRO

Surrey Problem Solving Physics competitions run by SATRO, usually based around an Engineering problem. Participation in these events is by invitation from the Physics Department.

Open to: Years 8, 10 and Lower Sixth by invitation

Time: Various dates throughout the Lent Term

School Newspaper

Fancy yourself as a journalist or editor? Our school newspaper is researched and produced by Sixth Form students for pupils. The newspaper contains stories, current school news items, book reviews, competitions, puzzles and interviews with pupils, staff and parents. It comes out every term and provides an exciting insight into life at our school.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Throughout the academic year

Science

A chance for Year 7 and 8 pupils to explore Science through exciting, hands-on activities that won’t be covered in lessons.

Open to: Years 7 and 8

Time: Wednesday after school

Science in the Media

This club will focus on topical science stories from news and current affairs outlets. It is a discussion-based club with plenty of opportunity to bring along your own stories to discuss. We will also look at who reported it better, comparing the same story from different sources to see who gets closer to the scientific facts!

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday lunch

 

Science Quiz

A chance to explore science outside the classroom by taking part in fun quizzes that will test your knowledge, while giving you the opportunity to learn lots of amazing scientific facts!

Open to: Years 9-11

Time: Tuesday lunch

Senior Chamber Choir

Open by audition to pupils in Years 10-Upper Sixth. The Senior Chamber Choir provides pupils with the opportunity to perform at many concerts, services and other events throughout the year.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday after school

Senior Choir

Do you love to sing but don’t want the pressure of auditions? Then this choir is for you. Available to those of all abilities in Years 9-Upper Sixth. The choir consists of 80+ pupils.

Open to: Years 9-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday lunch

Senior Team Fitness

An additional training session for all 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th team players in netball and lacrosse, but also open to any senior pupil looking to improve their fitness for other sports.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday before school

Sixth Form A cappella

If you love singing and would like to join like-minded students for a sing-a-long then this is the club for you. Students will learn, rehearse and perform pieces of music without instrumental accompaniment. This club is pupil-led.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Friday before school

Sixth Form Band

This is a student-lead, staff managed band in which students choose the songs they want to learn. The club meets up to rehearse once a week in a relaxed environment to have fun making music and learning to play in a band together. The band will play at two or three events during the year, ranging from school assemblies to the RGS’s ‘Lockefest’.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday after school

Sixth Form Enrichment

In the Michaelmas Term this session focuses on Oxbridge preparation. In the Lent Term it is offered as a Lower Sixth enrichment activity.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Throughout the academic year

Skiing

An externally organised club involving weekly training sessions at Aldershot Ski Slopes for all experienced racers, with instructors coaching racing technique through gates. Racers represent the school in national indoor and outdoor ski racing competitions.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times throughout the year

Smarties Club

Mathematical puzzles, games and crafts – a different theme each week and tonnes of fun!

Open to: Years 7-9

Time: Wednesday lunch

Sock Knitting

Set some mindful time aside and build on your sock knitting skills. Open to confident knitters who are able to knit in the round on five needles.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday lunch

Spanish (2)

Year 7 Spanish

An opportunity for any Year 7 pupil to begin or continue learning Spanish through fun and practical activities which will focus on developing speaking skills.

Open to: Year 7

Time: Wednesday Lunch

GCSE Spanish

Open to any GCSE Spanish pupil who would like to revisit areas of the GCSE curriculum and practise their speaking skills.

Open to: Years 10-11

Time: Wednesday Lunch

 

Stage Crew

This club looks at all aspects of Technical Theatre. Pupils will learn about and have a play with lighting, sound and audio visual equipment.

Open to: Years 8-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday and Friday lunch

Strength and Conditioning

Talented pupils on elite pathways and part of the school’s Aspiring Athletes Programme are invited to use this session for their individual, tailored strength and conditioning training under specialist supervision.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday before school

String Orchestra

For string players playing up to approximately Grade 5 standard, after which they may move on to the Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra is made up of around 65 musicians.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday after school

Swim Squad

All the school’s team swimmers, selected from Year 7 to Sixth Form, are expected to attend this weekly training session, which is led by a highly qualified professional coach. Every squad member is given the opportunity to represent the school in inter-school galas, whilst the more elite swimmers compete in district, county and national competitions according to standard.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday after school

Symphony Orchestra

For auditioned players from about Grade 6. Doubling of wind and brass parts may be allowed to offer experience to more pupils with numbers limited to two or sometimes three a part. This orchestra is made up of 75 musicians.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday lunch

Taekwondo

The lunchtime weekly session is taught by a highly qualified peripatetic instructor. Pupils who enjoy this activity often progress to joining the morning club session to work on gradings, which incurs an additional cost.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday lunchtime for all, Monday before school for invitational grading

Tap Dancing

A sport for all activity designed to attract beginners and advanced tap dancers. Steps and routines from the classic musicals are taught to suit all, whilst more experienced dancers are encouraged to practice their techniques and choreograph their own dances. Tap shoes are not essential for the less experienced!

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday lunch

Teen Tech

A chance for pupils to learn more about opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries. Groups can enter the Teen Tech Awards where they apply science and technology to real life problems with the help of industry contacts.

Open to: Year 8

Time: Monday lunch

Tennis

Each age group has a designated weekly lunchtime practice that welcomes all team and club players to play and develop their standard. Selected League team players (U12, U13, U14, U15 and Senior) normally have an additional training session, either at lunchtime or early morning.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times during the Trinity Term

Textiles drop in sessions

Drop-in sessions for students to continue working on their practical coursework.

Open to: Years 7-11

Time: Three lunchtimes in the Michaelmas Term, five in the Lent Term and three in the Trinity Term

Trampolining and Vaulting

A fun, sport for all activity open to all ages, taught by a qualified member of staff. Choosing to participate in this club can also be helpful for pupils studying PE at GCSE.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

Wind Band

For woodwind, brass and percussion from about Grade 6 upwards. This band consists of around 70 musicians.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday lunch

Year 9 Enterprise

This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance your enterprise skills and develop your own innovative product. You will have the opportunity to work as part of a team to create a business proposal, design your own unique product and then sell it on to maximise your profit!

Open to: Year 9

Time: Wednesday lunch

Yoga

A sport for all activity that welcomes pupils of all ages, taught by a peripatetic instructor.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday lunch and Friday before school

Zumba

A sport for all activity that welcomes pupils of all ages, taught by a peripatetic instructor.

Open to: Thursday lunch

Time: All year groups

Arabic

Would you like to learn another language? This club provides an opportunity for pupils to learn Arabic from scratch up to GCSE specifications. Available to all year groups.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday lunch and Wednesday before school (advanced)

CanSat

Gain practical experience working on a small-scale space project. Aimed at Year 11-Lower Sixth students, CanSat is a European Space Agency competition where you will design, build and test a miniature satellite that fits inside a small drinks can.

Open to: Years 11-Lower Sixth

Time: Wednesday after school

Christian Union

Christian Union is for anyone interested in exploring the Bible with plenty of games as well.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday lunch

Cipher Challenge

Compete against other schools in a race to crack a variety of different ciphers. This should appeal to linguists, mathematicians and computer scientists alike.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday after school

Classics

A fun and interactive club where pupils can come to explore and engage with all elements of the classical world through a variety of exciting and inspiring activities ranging from creating Greek vase balloons to Trojan Horse piñatas.

Open to: Years 7-9

Time: Friday lunch

Corporate Communion

A service of holy communion with boys and staff of the RGS. The services alternate between being held at GHS and the RGS.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Once a term

CREST awards

CREST awards are an opportunity to complete a challenging and thought-provoking real-world STEM project (Bronze: Y7-9, Silver: Y9-11, Gold: Sixth Form). Your project will inspire you to think and behave like a scientist, engineer or designer. CREST awards are nationally recognised, and completing your project will demonstrate that you are a creative thinker and problem solver.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday after school

Cryptic Crosswords

Aimed at anyone who enjoys puzzles, problem solving and playing with words, this club will teach pupils how to crack the code of cryptic crosswords and derive real enjoyment from them.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday lunch

Debating

The ability to speak eloquently and persuasively is continually cited as one of the key skills required in the 21st century. GHS tuns two clubs: the Debating Society (Years 9-Upper Sixth) and It’s Debatable! (Years 7-8). Both clubs give pupils the chance to speak on a range of issues, acquiring the skills to think on their feet, challenge information, organise their thoughts logically and quickly and to present a point of view concisely and fluently. In Years 7-8, pupils learn and develop their oracy skills through the weekly lunch time It’s Debatable! club, and from Year 9 they join the Senior Debating and Model United Nations (MUN) sessions. At all levels as pupils enhance and refine their skills, they compete in numerous debating, MUN and public speaking competitions with local schools and beyond; the senior debating team has an outstanding track-record, frequently progressing through to the advanced rounds of the ESU Schools Mace competition and having frequently represented the South East region at the European Youth Parliament national sessions. Alongside sending delegations of pupils to around seven MUN conferences each year, allowing pupils to explore a range of political, environmental and social issues from the perspective of different nations, we began running our own annual conference in 2018, giving pupils an opportunity to take ownership of the event and develop their skills as a team. All of the competitions and conferences are an excellent way to encourage taking initiative, effective and clear communication and to develop research skills.

Open to: All year groups

Time: It’s Debatable! – Tuesday lunch (Years 7 and 8). Debating Society – Alternate Monday and Thursday lunch (Years 9-Upper Sixth)

Duke of Edinburgh

Delivery of an internationally recognised award that facilitates personal development in a number of key areas including resilience and self-reliance, and enables our pupils to achieve recognition for their wide range of skills and interests. We offer all three levels; Bronze (Years 9-Upper Sixth), Silver (Years 10-Upper Sixth) and Gold (Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth).

Open to: Years 9-Upper Sixth

Time: Several calendar dates throughout the year

European Youth Parliament

The European Youth Parliament (EYP) is an educational project which brings together young people to exchange ideas and debate current topics specific to the needs of young European citizens in a parliamentary setting. The EYP encourages independent thinking and socio-political initiative, facilitating the learning of crucial social and political skills. GHS students have taken part in regional, national and international sessions, forming friendships and making contacts across and beyond boarders.

Open to: Lower Sixth

Time: One meeting a week from October until March 2020

Foreign Language Speakers

Open to any pupil who has had a lot of exposure to another language: perhaps having foreign parents, having lived abroad, or even having a passion for trying out a new language!

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday before school

Forensic Science

The field of forensic science draws from a number of scientific branches, including Physics, Chemistry, and Biology, with its focus being on the recognition, identification, and evaluation of physical evidence. Come along and try your hand at solving a case using forensic techniques.

Open to: Year 9

Time: Tuesday lunch

GHS Pride

A social group that meets once or twice per half term, in conjunction with other local schools, to celebrate diversity and inclusivity, with a particular emphasis on the LGBT+ members of our community.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Once/twice per half term

Green Team

Green Team is open to anyone wanting to do something more for the environment. Pupils can get involved with ideas and help to organise events in school alongside helping to open people’s eyes to the wonderful green options available to them!

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday lunch

Inter-Faith Discussion Group

Providing students of all faiths, cultures, no faith, or varying philosophical orientations the opportunity to join together for discourse, friendship and healthy challenging of our preconceptions!

Open to: All year groups

Time: Once per half term before school

 

Junior School Classics

A fun and interactive club where pupils from our Junior School come to explore and engage with all elements of the classical world through a variety of exciting and inspiring activities. This club is run by Year 10-11 Classicists and supervised by Classics teachers from the Senior School.

Open to: Years 10-11

Time: Monday after school

Latin Translation

For those that love the language, this club provides additional opportunities to translate unseen passages of Latin.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday lunch

Management Committee

Year 13 students organise Sixth Form social events, help manage the Common Room and organise Leavers’ items including the yearbook and hoodies. They can also contribute to the running of the Leavers’ Ball.

Open to: Upper Sixth

Time: One weekly meeting

Model United Nations

Model United Nations (MUN) is an activity in which participants assume the role of national ambassadors or representatives to debate and seek to solve global issues. Join this club for an opportunity to debate in and outside of school at local and regional events.

Open to: Year 9-Upper Sixth

Time: Alternate Thursday and Monday lunch with the Debating Society

Modern Languages Festival

An exciting opportunity for students to showcase their linguistic and cultural talents during this one week festival held at GHS.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Rehearsals throughout the Lent Term

 

Research in Schools

This is a new club, where teams of students will be partnered with live research at universities helping researchers to analyse real data that has not been reviewed before. We will be working on the James Webb Space Telescope project, using spectral analysis to identify objects of interest for future observation.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday and Friday lunch

Robotics

Build a robot, and compete against other schools in a series of engineering challenges.

Open to: Years 7-9

Time: Thursday lunch

SATRO

Surrey Problem Solving Physics competitions run by SATRO, usually based around an Engineering problem. Participation in these events is by invitation from the Physics Department.

Open to: Years 8, 10 and Lower Sixth by invitation

Time: Various dates throughout the Lent Term

School Newspaper

Fancy yourself as a journalist or editor? Our school newspaper is researched and produced by Sixth Form students for pupils. The newspaper contains stories, current school news items, book reviews, competitions, puzzles and interviews with pupils, staff and parents. It comes out every term and provides an exciting insight into life at our school.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Throughout the academic year

Science

A chance for Year 7 and 8 pupils to explore Science through exciting, hands-on activities that won’t be covered in lessons.

Open to: Years 7 and 8

Time: Wednesday after school

Science in the Media

This club will focus on topical science stories from news and current affairs outlets. It is a discussion-based club with plenty of opportunity to bring along your own stories to discuss. We will also look at who reported it better, comparing the same story from different sources to see who gets closer to the scientific facts!

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday lunch

 

Science Quiz

A chance to explore science outside the classroom by taking part in fun quizzes that will test your knowledge, while giving you the opportunity to learn lots of amazing scientific facts!

Open to: Years 9-11

Time: Tuesday lunch

Smarties Club

Mathematical puzzles, games and crafts – a different theme each week and tonnes of fun!

Open to: Years 7-9

Time: Wednesday lunch

Teen Tech

A chance for pupils to learn more about opportunities in the science, technology and engineering industries. Groups can enter the Teen Tech Awards where they apply science and technology to real life problems with the help of industry contacts.

Open to: Year 8

Time: Monday lunch

Year 9 Enterprise

This is a wonderful opportunity to enhance your enterprise skills and develop your own innovative product. You will have the opportunity to work as part of a team to create a business proposal, design your own unique product and then sell it on to maximise your profit!

Open to: Year 9

Time: Wednesday lunch

Architectural Models

During the Trinity Term, pupils in Years 8-9 can fully immerse themselves in the world of architecture, working collaboratively or individually in learning how to use a 3Dimensional CAD software package; Google Sketchup. Once a plan has been decided, they will scale down their building and make a physical prototype of the design using a variety of materials.

Open to: Years 8-9

Time: Monday and Thursday lunch in the Trinity Term

Attenborough Films

Sir David Attenborough has inspired millions by bringing the natural world into our homes. In a career spanning seven decades, Attenborough’s name has become synonymous with the natural history programmes produced by the BBC Natural History Unit. Extend your scientific knowledge in this club.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday lunch

 

Book Groups (4)

Book Group (Year 7)

This extracurricular activity provides Year 7 pupils the chance to discover their inner book worm. Through reading a variety of newly published fiction, pupils can develop their enthusiasm for reading in the company of friends and sixth-formers, who lead the discussions. They develop their interests through being exposed to a wide range of new writing.

Open to: Year 7

Time: Four Thursdays each term before school

Book Group (Year 8 & 9)

This extracurricular activity provides Year 8 and 9 pupils the chance to discover their inner book worm. Through reading a variety of newly published fiction, pupils can develop their interest in reading and begin to think deeper than the words on the page.

Open to: Years 8-9

Time: Friday lunch

Book Group (Year 10 & 11)

A twice-termly informal book group for Years 10-11. You choose the books and we chat about them over tea and cake!

Open to: Years 10-11

Time: Thursday lunch

Book Group (Sixth Form)

An opportunity for all students in the Sixth Form to discuss contemporary novels and extend their love of literature beyond their academic subjects.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday before school

Cookery

At cookery club pupils will gain confidence in the kitchen, develop their cooking skills and have the opportunity to try new recipes.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday and Tuesday lunch (Years 7 and 8) and Monday and Tuesday after school

Creative writing

A weekly get together where we write in different styles and genres.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Tuesday lunch

Digital

Explore digital technology through a variety of activities, including Minecraft for Education, Virtual Reality, 3D Printing and Raspberry Pis.

Open to: Years 7-9

TIme: Wednesday and Friday lunch

DT

An opportunity for students in Years 7 and 8 to design and manufacture their own products to be sold at the GHS Christmas Fair.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Friday lunch

Fashion Design

This is a club for pupils who would like to work on a capsule collection that will be showcased at the GHS Fashion Show in January.

Open to: Years 8-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday and Thursday lunch

Fashion Show

The Guildford High School Lower Sixth students run the school’s annual Fashion Show in aid of our school charity, the Alice Ramsey Trust. This charity was set up by the parents of a former GHS Head Girl who tragically died of a brain tumour whilst at university. There is an apportunity for Lower Sixth students to direct, produce, choreograph as well as deliver the marketing, technical and wardrobe aspects of the show. All pupils are welcome to take part in modelling or dancing and can put themselves forward for selection. The Fashion Show takes place once a year, usually in January.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday after school

Film Making

Learn how to use a camera to film and create your own movies, in a variety of different genres. From stop-motion to greenscreen, to horror movies and music videos. Learn how to make voice overs, how to edit, and how to write scripts to make your own masterieces from scratch!

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Monday lunch (Year 7) and Tuesday and Friday lunch (Year 8)

Interior Design

Design and manufacture innovative products for the home combining resistant materials and soft furnishings. Each mini project has been designed to explore different aspects of the home including storage, lighting and work surfaces. Katherine Bedson Interior Design and Landscaping will be the industrial link providing valuable experience of working with industry and meeting deadlines. There will be opportunities to enter competitions throughout the
year.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday after school

 

 

Jewellery

An exciting opportunity to develop silver-smithing and stone setting skills to design and manufacture different items of high quality jewellery. You will be taught how to join metals together with silver solder using the brazing hearth as well as casting techniques and many more exciting processes.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

 

Knit and Natter

Open to all abilities, Knit and Natter will enable you to set some mindful time aside and build on your knitting skills. Bring along your own projects or support us in knitting for charity. This club is guaranteed to bring some calm creativity to a busy week.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday lunch

Photography

Let’s take off the automatic camera setting and get creative with our shots! Open to anyone with an interest in photography as a hobby.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

 

Sock Knitting

Set some mindful time aside and build on your sock knitting skills. Open to confident knitters who are able to knit in the round on five needles.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday lunch

Lamda

Lamda is one of the UK’s oldest and most respected awarding bodies. Pupils work up the grades with practical communication and performance assessments. Lamda examinations provide every student with support in self-confidence, vocal and physical technique and language awareness, important life skills for whatever path is chosen. Disciplines taught include Acting, Verse & Prose and Speaking In Public.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Every lunchtime and after school

New Views Play Writing

New Views Playwriting club is for anyone looking to begin, develop and hone their skills in writing. We will also go on a theatre trip together.

Open to: Years 9-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday after school

Pantomime

Every year, the Lower Sixth write and produce the annual GHS Pantomime to be performed by the new Year 7s.

Open to: Year 7 and Lower Sixth

Time: Various dates throughout the Michaelmas Term

Stage Crew

This club looks at all aspects of Technical Theatre. Pupils will learn about and have a play with lighting, sound and audio visual equipment.

Open to: Years 8-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday and Friday lunch

Big Band

Open to all pupils who play saxaphone, piano, bass, brass and percussion instruments at Grade 5 or higher.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

Brass Ensemble

This group is open to all Brass players from Years 7-Upper Sixth and provides an opportunity to practice together with plenty of performing opportunities.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday before school

Cello Ensemble

This group is open to all Cello players from Years 10-Upper Sixth and provides an opportunity to practice together with plenty of performing opportunities.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday after school

Chamber Groups (7)

GHS hold seveen Chamber Group clubs: Chamber Group – Trio, Chamber Group – String Trio, Chamber Group – Wind Quartet, Chamber Group – String Sextet, Chamber Group – String Quartet, Chamber Group – Four Violins and Chamber Group – Piano Trio. Open by invitation to Music Scholars and Music Exhibitioners to extend Chamber Music experience, these clubs lead to an annual concert.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday before school apart from the Chamber Group – Wind Quartet who meet Friday before school

Chamber Orchestra

For string players from Grade 7, and others as needed, auditioned from the Symphony Orchestra.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday after school

Clarinet Ensemble

This group is open to all Clarinet players from Years 7-Upper Sixth and provides an opportunity to practice together with plenty of performing opportunities.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday before school

Flute Ensemble

Pupils are able to join either the Lower School or Upper School Flute Ensemble. These groups are open to all Flute players from Years 7-Upper Sixth and provide an opportunity to practice together with plenty of performing opportunities.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday before school

GHS & RGS Joint Parents’ and Staff Choir

The GHS & RGS Joint Parents’ and Staff Choir meet in the Lent Term biennially. They join the other school choirs and orchestra for a large scale concert at G Live or Guildford Cathedral. There is no audition and previous years the choir has consisted of over 200 members.

Open to: Parents and Staff

Time: Wednesday evening

GHS and RGS Joint Chamber Choir

An auditioned choir, comprising the most able singers from both Guildford High School and the Royal Grammar School. Maximum of 40 singers (20 GHS & 20 RGS). Many singers are awarded choral scholarships when they leave school. Challenging, SSAATTBB repertoire is performed.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Tuesday after school

GHS and RGS Joint Orchestra

Open by invitation, the GHS and RGS Joint Orchestra meets for one term each year, leading to a concert at G Live or a tour. Previous tour destinations have included Sicily and Catalonia.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday after school

Guitar Ensemble

Enjoy learning guitar, building technique and playing together through the year.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday before school

 

Lower School Chamber Choir

An auditioned choir of approximately 45 pupils. These pupils must be members of the Lower School Choir.

Open to: Years 7-9

Time: Wednesday lunch

Lower School Choir

Do you love to sing but don’t want the pressure of auditions? Then this choir is for you. Available to those of all abilities in Years 7-8. The choir consists of approximately 80 pupils.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Tuesday lunch

Mathias Band

For woodwind, brass and percussion players ready to start ensemble playing up to approximately Grade 5, when they may move on into the Wind Band and/or Symphony Orchestra. The band is made up of around 60 musicians.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday after school

 

Mr Walden’s Music Project

Over the course of the year, Mr Walden records a song written by a pupil (or group of pupils) to radio quality to release on Spotify. This year, he is hoping to combine his two clubs so that the Production Club pupils can mix the track written by the other pupil.

Open to: Lower Sixth

Time: Various dates throughout the school year

Music Theory Lessons

Examine the elements that construct a piece of music, including notation, key signatures, time signatures, and chord progressions. This club provides pupils with the opportunity to prepare for the Grade 5 Theory exam.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday before school

 

Piano Duets and Trios

This is an ensemble for piano pupils who would like to explore, learn and perform piano duets and trios.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday after school

Piano Six Hands

This is an ensemble for piano pupils who would like to explore, learn and perform piano ensemble repertoire for six hands.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday before school

Production

Mr Walden takes a small group of two to three pupils and teaches them the basics of recording, mixing and sound production using ProTools. They will also assist in mixing the track written by another pupil in Mr Walden’s Music Project.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

 

Rock and Pop

This is a student-lead, staff managed band in which students choose the songs they want to learn, we then meet up to rehearse once a week in a fun, relaxed environment to have fun making music and learning to play in a band together. We aim to play at two or three events during the year, ranging from school assemblies to the RGS’s ‘Lockefest’.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday after school

Senior Chamber Choir

Open by audition to pupils in Years 10-Upper Sixth. The Senior Chamber Choir provides pupils with the opportunity to perform at many concerts, services and other events throughout the year.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday after school

Senior Choir

Do you love to sing but don’t want the pressure of auditions? Then this choir is for you. Available to those of all abilities in Years 9-Upper Sixth. The choir consists of 80+ pupils.

Open to: Years 9-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday lunch

Sixth Form A cappella

If you love singing and would like to join like-minded students for a sing-a-long then this is the club for you. Students will learn, rehearse and perform pieces of music without instrumental accompaniment. This club is pupil-led.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Friday before school

Sixth Form Band

This is a student-lead, staff managed band in which students choose the songs they want to learn. The club meets up to rehearse once a week in a relaxed environment to have fun making music and learning to play in a band together. The band will play at two or three events during the year, ranging from school assemblies to the RGS’s ‘Lockefest’.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday after school

String Orchestra

For string players playing up to approximately Grade 5 standard, after which they may move on to the Symphony Orchestra. This orchestra is made up of around 65 musicians.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday after school

Symphony Orchestra

For auditioned players from about Grade 6. Doubling of wind and brass parts may be allowed to offer experience to more pupils with numbers limited to two or sometimes three a part. This orchestra is made up of 75 musicians.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday lunch

Wind Band

For woodwind, brass and percussion from about Grade 6 upwards. This band consists of around 70 musicians.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday lunch

Athletics

A squad training session for selected athletes to maintain their technique, core strength and fitness runs during the off-season (Michaelmas and Lent terms). In the Trinity Term, full training for selected team athletes and club athletes takes place at the Spectrum Leisure Centre (all-weather track) on Monday evenings. Other training sessions for track and field athletes take place at school during lunchtimes and early mornings.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times throughout the year dependant on the term

Badminton (6)

U12 and U13 Badminton

Open to all pupils in Years 7-8 who are interested in learning or improving their standard in this sport.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Tuesday lunch

U12 and U13 Badminton Squad

Selected players from Years 7-8 are invited to attend this practice session to prepare for inter-school matches, district and national tournaments.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Wednesday lunch

U14 and U15 Badminton

Open to all pupils in Years 9-10 who are interested in learning or improving their standard in this sport.

Open to: Years 9-10

Time: Monday lunch and Thursday before school

U14 and U15 Badminton Squad

Selected players from Years 9-10 are invited to attend this practice session to prepare for inter-school matches, district and national tournaments.

Open to: Years 9-10

Time: One lunchtime a week

Senior Badminton

Open to all Year 11 and Sixth Form students to play recreational badminton or for extra U16 and U18 team practice.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday lunch

 

Biathlon

A training session for all potential biathletes to improve their running fitness and speed alongside other Cross-country runners. All ages and standards welcome.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday and Friday before school

Cheerleading

A recreational activity (not USA style ‘side-line cheerleading’) comprised of dance, jumps, tumbling and other stunts.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday lunch

Climbing

This session is held at the Surrey Sports Park and taught by specialist instructors. Guaranteed to build strength, power and increase aerobic and anaerobic fitness levels. A wonderful new skill for some that could inspire a lifelong interest, particularly those who love the outdoors. This incurs an additional cost.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday after school

Cricket

During the Michaelmas and Lent terms, an out of season training session is run for experienced hard ball players to maintain their standard and improve individual skills, whilst an additional Cricket Nets session is organised as a sport for all activity, developing individual softball cricket skills, particularly bowling and batting. All ages and standards are welcome to attend both of these. During the Trinity term, each age group has a designated weekly lunchtime practice that welcomes all team and club players to play and develop their game. Selected team players (U12, U13, U14 and U15) will have additional training sessions, either at lunchtime or early morning.

Open to: Years 7-10

Time: Various times throughout the year dependant on the term

Cross Country

An activity that blends runners of all ages and ability, including recreational runners participating for the benefit of enjoyment and physical wellbeing, as well as competitive athletes looking to improve their overall fitness and performance. The school cross-country teams are selected from pupils committing themselves fully to this weekly session.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday and Friday before school

Dance

A recreational activity for all developing pupils’ musicality through contemporary movement, involving a whole range of dance styles, such as ballet, jazz and hip hop. During the year, pupils learn a choreographed routine to perform at the annual Great Big Dance Off, a national schools’ competition.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday lunch

Fencing

A weekly session taught by a highly qualified peripatetic instructor, providing pupils with the opportunity to learn the three disciplines of this combat sport, i.e. épée, foil and sabre. Pupils who enjoy this activity often progress to joining the club after school, which incurs an additional cost.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday lunch and an after school club

Fit for Life

An opportunity for those not involved in sports teams and practices to use the fitness suite equipment in a relaxed, supportive environment. Pupils work to their own goals and comfort levels. This session is particularly aimed at anyone who lacks confidence in cross-country and other endurance events.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday and Friday lunch

Football

A fun, sport for all activity open to all pupils interested in this sport. Occasional fixtures are organised against other schools for those keen to participate more competitively.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Friday lunch (Year 10), Tuesday lunch (Year 11) and Monday lunch (Sixth Form)

Golf Academy

All ages and standards, from beginners to advanced, are welcome to join the school’s Golf Academy on Friday evenings. The session is professionally taught at Hoebridge Golf Centre, using their floodlit range and other practice facilities. Golfers with official handicaps are entered for county competitions, whilst all developing players are encouraged to represent GHS at informal inter-school matches.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday after school

Gym Squad

This session is for selected gymnasts who train at a high level to represent the school in Surrey and national school competitions, in floor, vault, tumbling and sports acro.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Friday lunch

 

Gymnastics

A sport for all activity that encourages keen gymnasts to develop their skills, particularly those who would like to improve in order to gain selection into the school Gym Squad.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

Hockey

All ages and standards, from beginners to advanced, are welcome to join the school’s Hockey Club that takes place at Surrey Sports Park. All players are given the opportunity to represent GHS in inter-school matches.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday after school

 

Horseriding

Pupils of all ages represent the school in various equestrian events.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times throughout the year

Indoor Rowing

A wonderfully competitive, strength and stamina boosting activity that requires both individual and team effort on the rowing machines in the Sports Centre Fitness Suite. Sessions are attended according to age and are open to any standard, from newcomers to advanced rowers. Teams are selected for various competitions, including national and internal leagues. Some pupils extend their interest to rowing on water at external clubs and often continue to row at university.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday before school and Monday and Thursday lunch

ISGA Gym Squad

The school’s top gymnasts are invited to train in this elite squad from which they can be selected to represent GHS at national schools’ competitions.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday and Wednesday after school

Lacrosse (6)

U12 Lacrosse

Weekly training sessions for all Year 7 (U12A-D) team and club players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 7

Time: Thursday lunch and Friday morning

U13 Lacrosse

Weekly training sessions for all Year 8 (U13A-D) team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 8

Time: Monday lunch and Thursday before school

U14 Lacrosse

Weekly training sessions for all Year 9 (U14A-C) team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 9

Time: Monday before school and Wednesday lunch

U15 Lacrosse

Weekly training sessions for all Year 10 (U15A-C) team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 10

Time: Tuesday lunch and Wednesday before school

1st & 2nd Lacrosse (Senior)

Weekly training sessions for selected team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Tuesday before school

3rd & 4th Lacrosse (Senior)

Weekly training sessions for selected team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Tuesday after school and Friday before school

Lacrosse Shooting Clinic

An extra training session for team players of all ages to improve their specific shooting and goalkeeping skills with the benefit of individually tailored coaching. All team goalkeepers are expected to regularly commit, whilst shooting is a more optional activity.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday after school

Netball (5)

U12 Netball

Weekly training sessions for all Year 7 (U12A-H) team and club players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 7

Time: Monday lunch and Wednesday before school

U13 Netball

Weekly training sessions for all Year 8 (U13A-F) team and club players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 8

Time: Tuesday before school and Friday lunch

U14 Netball

Weekly training sessions for all Year 9 (U14A-F) team and club players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 9

Time: Tuesday before school and Thursday lunch

U15 Netball

Weekly training sessions for all Year 10 (U15A-D) team and club players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Year 10

Time: Thursday before school and lunch

Netball (Senior)

Weekly training sessions for all Year 11 and Sixth Form (U16A-D and 1st, 2nd, 3rd & 4th) team players. Pupils need to be fully committed to represent GHS in matches and tournaments.

Open to: Lower-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday morning and Wednesday lunch

Netball Shooting Clinic

An extra training opportunity for team players of all ages to improve their specific shooting skills with the benefit of individually tailored coaching. It is highly desirable for all team shooters to attend if they are able.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday before school

Pilates

A sport for all activity that welcomes pupils of all ages, taught by a peripatetic instructor.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday before school and lunch

Recreational Swimming

An opportunity for pupils to enjoy a calm, relaxed and social swim or for those wanting a fun session with a group of friends. Individual swimming lanes can be made available on request for those preferring to use the time to improve their fitness.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

Rounders

A sport for all activity, developing individual batting and fielding skills with game play. All ages and standards welcome.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times throughout the Trinity Term

Rugby

A fun, sport for all activity open to all ages and standards. Pupils will play Touch-rugby, which does not involve the normal physicality associated with tackling etc.

Open to: Years 7-9

Time: Wednesday after school

Sailing

An externally organised club which pupils can choose to take part in.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times throughout the year

Senior Team Fitness

An additional training session for all 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th team players in netball and lacrosse, but also open to any senior pupil looking to improve their fitness for other sports.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Thursday before school

Skiing

An externally organised club involving weekly training sessions at Aldershot Ski Slopes for all experienced racers, with instructors coaching racing technique through gates. Racers represent the school in national indoor and outdoor ski racing competitions.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times throughout the year

Strength and Conditioning

Talented pupils on elite pathways and part of the school’s Aspiring Athletes Programme are invited to use this session for their individual, tailored strength and conditioning training under specialist supervision.

Open to: Years 11-Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday before school

Swim Squad

All the school’s team swimmers, selected from Year 7 to Sixth Form, are expected to attend this weekly training session, which is led by a highly qualified professional coach. Every squad member is given the opportunity to represent the school in inter-school galas, whilst the more elite swimmers compete in district, county and national competitions according to standard.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday after school

Taekwondo

The lunchtime weekly session is taught by a highly qualified peripatetic instructor. Pupils who enjoy this activity often progress to joining the morning club session to work on gradings, which incurs an additional cost.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Monday lunchtime for all, Monday before school for invitational grading

Tap Dancing

A sport for all activity designed to attract beginners and advanced tap dancers. Steps and routines from the classic musicals are taught to suit all, whilst more experienced dancers are encouraged to practice their techniques and choreograph their own dances. Tap shoes are not essential for the less experienced!

Open to: All year groups

Time: Thursday lunch

Tennis

Each age group has a designated weekly lunchtime practice that welcomes all team and club players to play and develop their standard. Selected League team players (U12, U13, U14, U15 and Senior) normally have an additional training session, either at lunchtime or early morning.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Various times during the Trinity Term

Trampolining and Vaulting

A fun, sport for all activity open to all ages, taught by a qualified member of staff. Choosing to participate in this club can also be helpful for pupils studying PE at GCSE.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Wednesday lunch

Yoga

A sport for all activity that welcomes pupils of all ages, taught by a peripatetic instructor.

Open to: All year groups

Time: Tuesday lunch and Friday before school

Zumba

A sport for all activity that welcomes pupils of all ages, taught by a peripatetic instructor.

Open to: Thursday lunch

Time: All year groups

Chemistry Booster Clinic

Providing targeted support for those who need help to improve following a disappointing AS result. Also providing extra help for anyone who needs it in the lead up to A Level exams.

Open to: Year 13

Time: Tuesday lunch

French (3)

French Spelling and Translation

An opportunity for all students to improve their French spelling and translation skills in an informal setting.

Open to: Years 7-8

Time: Thursday lunch

French Translation

An opportunity for Upper Sixth students to improve their translation skills from English to French, giving them plenty of practice in an informal setting.

Open to: Upper Sixth

Time: Wednesday lunch

GCSE French

Open to any GCSE French pupil who would like to revisit areas of the GCSE curriculum and practise their speaking skills.

Open to: Years 10-11

Time: Various lunchtimes

GCSE & A Level DT Clinic

Open to GCSE and A Level DT pupils. Pupils will have the opportunity to use the studio for support with their coursework.

Open to: Years 10-Upper Sixth

Time: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday lunch and Tuesday, Thursday and Friday after school

GCSE German

Open to any GCSE German pupil who would like to revisit areas of the GCSE curriculum and practise their speaking skills.

Open to: Years 10-11

Time: Tuesday lunch

Maths Enrichment (4)

Maths Enrichment (Year 8)

A club for pupils in Years 8-11 where problem-solving and mathematical discussion takes place in a variety of contexts.

Open to: Year 8 – by invitation

Time: Monday before school

Maths Enrichment (Year 9)

A club for pupils in Years 8-11 where problem-solving and mathematical discussion takes place in a variety of contexts.

Open to: Year 9 – by invitation

Time: Thursday before school

Maths Enrichment (Year 10)

A club for pupils in Years 8-11 where problem-solving and mathematical discussion takes place in a variety of contexts.

Open to: Year 10 – by invitation

Time: Friday before school

Maths Enrichment (Year 11)

A club for pupils in Years 8-11 where problem-solving and mathematical discussion takes place in a variety of contexts.

Open to: Year 11 – by invitation

Time: Tuesday before school

Mentoring

A select group of Year 12 students will act as peer mentors for other pupils in the school. They will have weekly meetings with their metees to help guide them through some academic or organisation issues.

Open to: Lower Sixth

Time: One weekly assembly period

Sixth Form Enrichment

In the Michaelmas Term this session focuses on Oxbridge preparation. In the Lent Term it is offered as a Lower Sixth enrichment activity.

Open to: Lower Sixth-Upper Sixth

Time: Throughout the academic year

Spanish (2)

Year 7 Spanish

An opportunity for any Year 7 pupil to begin or continue learning Spanish through fun and practical activities which will focus on developing speaking skills.

Open to: Year 7

Time: Wednesday Lunch

GCSE Spanish

Open to any GCSE Spanish pupil who would like to revisit areas of the GCSE curriculum and practise their speaking skills.

Open to: Years 10-11

Time: Wednesday Lunch

 

Textiles drop in sessions

Drop-in sessions for students to continue working on their practical coursework.

Open to: Years 7-11

Time: Three lunchtimes in the Michaelmas Term, five in the Lent Term and three in the Trinity Term