Clubs and Extra Curricular Activities

Enriching the curriculum is much more than an enjoyable add-on to lessons in school. Rather it is an essential part of any good education.  A myriad of activities constitute a rich and varied enrichment programme.  Some enrichment activities are optional such as clubs and some instrument tuition, others, like school trips and visits are important for a child to benefit from deeper learning and understanding within a topic or unit of work in class.

We offer two residential opportunities; both offer outdoor and adventurous activities, those things we just can't do in school. In year 2 children stay for one night at Petty Pool. Every two years, year 5 and 6 decamp to Anglesey for a two night residential.

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Trips and Visits

Children love learning outside the classroom and we are blessed in living between three great cities: Chester, Liverpool and Manchester. Children have visited the Roman ruins in Chester, listened to the Liverpool Philharmonic orchestra and visited the Walker Art Gallery. They have cycled at the Velodrome in Manchester. We have also enjoyed lots of visits in Cheshire: Delamere Forest, the Marshall's Arm Nature Reserve, Jodrell Bank, Weaver Hall have all enriched children's learning back in school as well as further afield in Llandudno.

Residential Visits

Children in years 2 an 5 have residential visits where the children participate in outdoor and adventurous activities that we couldn't provide in school. Activities are led by qualified outdoor education leaders and, as with other trips, the cost is per child for the activities, staff, food and accommodation. No element of the cost is used to subsidize other families.

Funding LOTC and Enrichment

By law we are only allowed to request parent contributions for events in school and trips out during the school day (with some limited exceptions such as music lessons and overnight stays). Nevertheless, without the support from families we would not be able to offer the trips and visits that bring learning to life and deepen children's achievement. In the current economic climate and with school cuts biting, the sad fact is that, without support from the overwhelming majority of families, trips may become less viable. The voluntary contribution requested is essential for us to provide the enriched education children deserve. The amount requested is determined by the cost for each child and no parent contributions are used to subsidise children who have received a bursary or whose families chosen for their child to participate without making a contribution.


We can offer support to any family in genuine hardship. Our policy for Charging and Lettings (which contains an application form for a bursary) can be found in our Policies. 


Life-changing opportunities for everybody

Educational Enrichment, sometimes thought of as the 'fun stuff' might be thought of an add-on to learning, something extra. Since 2004 when we opened our school though, enriching the curriculum has been a core part of life in school, fundamental to enjoying learning and achieving at Kingsmead. 

Learning outside the classroom and the enrichment provided by a trip out or visitors in make for some of the most memorable and powerful learning in school. When children are in year 6 or at High School it is the trips, visits and visitors who so enriched children's learning that they remember and talk about with real passion. 

Trips, visits and visitors provide children with 'cultural capital' - attitudes and confidence that prepare them to take their place in the world where they have to compete for places in further and higher education as well as jobs. 

Engagement with our enrichment curriculum leads children out into the world. Past pupils have gone on to sing at the BBC Proms a the Royal Albert Hall, play with the Halle, Liverpool and National Youth Orchestras. One is off to Florida to begin a career in musical theatre. Another is working for the Canal and River Trust. One ex-student, graduated with a first class honours degree in Sport Science with Outdoor Education, inspired by our UKS2 residential. She now works at the Conway Centre. Enrichment is not a bolt-on, something for when the 'proper learning' is achieved. It is among the learning all children are entitled to and serves them well long after they leave primary school.

Learning Outside the Classroom Inside School

As well as trips out our school grounds offer an environment rich in biodiversity for children to learn in and enjoy being in nature. Areas we share with wildlife include:

In addition a large playing field, hard court and all weather pitch provide ample space for active playtimes as well as PE lessons and sports clubs.

Visitors to school

Visitors into school can be as enriching and exciting as visits out. The Young Shakespeare Company come every year introducing Upper Key Stage 2 to Shakespeare. The YSC provides excellent actors from London who tour schools with the plays adapted for younger audiences. We are grateful to the KFA who have funded this event, meaning we don't have to ask for a contribution from parents of carers. Children love it and asked when painting The Ambassadors (a large painting about caring for ourselves) that a Shakespeare play be included. The cost is a fraction of what it would be to take children to the theatre, and because it's in school it is more interactive and involves the children more directly. Other visitors to school have included artists in residence, musicians, theatre groups and dancers leading workshops. Humanists UK and the Sir John Deane's LGBT+ group have given talks to the older children. Many visitors rock up in Science Week in the Spring Term and these have included STEM ambassadors, a geneticist, inventors, naturalists, Chester Zoo, Space Lab, Mad Science and even a Planetarium. Rev Rob Iveson leads assemblies on a Christian theme in school once a term. 

Working in clay with Artist in Residence Jane Dixon

Sailing on the Menai Straits

Before School, Lunchtime, After School:

School Trips and Residential Visits have included:


Enrichment Within the School Year:

In the interests of being memorable and significant we don't do all the things listed below every year!