We firmly believe that extra-curricular activities are as important in enriching the boys’ education as those on the curriculum.
During their time at Thorpe House, boys are given the opportunity to take part in a number of overseas trips and visits. The most popular of which are the annual football squad tours to a range of European venues (every November), the History GCSE trip to Ypres Battlefields in Belgium (every March), the joint art and Spanish trip to Barcelona, and the opportunity to take part in the biennial skiing holiday in France.
Closer to home, our Performing Arts Department provides a wide range of opportunities to perform and holds termly musical concerts and a major drama production each year. Previous drama productions have included The Wizard of Oz, The Caucasian Chalk Circle and last year’s drama production which was a modern re-working of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet set to the backdrop of football hooliganism and warring rival fans. In partnership with the neighbouring girls’ school, Romeo and Juliet marked the first major, collaborative project between the two schools.
We have an experienced team of peripatetic teachers offering piano, classical and electric guitar, singing, drum and percussion, woodwind, brass and string lessons. Boys are encouraged to join ensembles to broaden their experiences and all are welcome to participate whether or not they have lessons in school. The Prep and Senior Department have their own choirs who perform regularly at school and who also go on a tour to Europe every two years; in the past they have performed in Paris, Barcelona, Holland and the Black Forest in Germany.
Sport plays a huge part in the life of our school and, uniquely, every boy has the opportunity to represent the school at least once every year and compete in a team fixture against a neighbouring school. For a full list of fixtures please see the school calendar. Click here to find out more about our facilities. We have some very talented individual sportsmen and the school provides the time and support to nurture these talents. We have a great many boys who swim, play golf and ride at an exceptionally high level, with many boys throughout the school playing at national level in rugby, cricket, athletics and football.
Duke of Edinburgh
European Film Club
Trading Card Tuesday
Clubs are free of charge unless run by outside providers and are offered on a first-come-first served basis at the beginning of each term.