An outstanding feature of student life at Idsall is the fantastic range of opportunities for students to join in extra activities that will enrich their learning and enjoyment of school life. These include music, drama, theatre visits, gallery visits, trips abroad, residential experiences, outdoor and adventurous activities such as climbing and kayaking, links with students in France and Germany, STEM activities such as LEGO club and astronomy and film clubs.
‘Session Six’ is our extensive afternoon activities programme - available each weekday afternoon from 3pm to 4pm. It is a meeting time for our school band, vocal, drum and keyboard groups. Every day there is a huge range of different sporting activities to choose from. The Library offers Studyzone when students can use Apple Mac computers and access the internet and paper based resources to help with homework, or just enjoy a quiet place to read. The school provides late transport home to most areas at the end of ‘Session Six’. All after school activities are provided free of charge, but students are asked to pay towards the cost of late transport if they make use of it.
Many of our older students choose to take up leadership or coaching awards in sport, and high numbers are involved in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Our drama and music productions are very well represented by students from
all year groups and always attract full audiences. Recent productions of Jesus Christ Superstar, Disco Inferno and Bugsy Malone sold out. Students can also display their creative talents in the annual Idsall’s Got Talent show. There are also many opportunities to learn a wide range of musical instruments.
Students can also participate in expeditions where they mature, broaden their outlook, develop resilience and teamwork, improve their fitness and communication and help people and communities who are less fortunate. The recent expeditions to Venezuela and Peru were incredible experiences.