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Beyond the timetable - The King's School Witney
Community house painting and decorating

Beyond the timetable

Lunchtime clubs

We run different lunchtime clubs at different times of the year across different sectors of the school.  The older pupils are actively encouraged to identify ways that they can serve their younger peers and so there is a lot of all age involvement in the lunchtime activities available and wide variety depending on the skills and talent of those running the clubs.

Examples of activities run in recent years include:

  • Junior football – run by Senior staff and pupils
  • Chess club – run by TKS parents
  • Table tennis club for senior pupils run by Senior staff and parents
  • Cartooning for primary children, run by Senior pupils
  • Junior choir run by a parent volunteer
  • Senior choir for students and staff run by a staff member
  • Dance club – run by senior pupils for senior pupils
  • Worship group and guitar club – run by senior staff for senior pupils
  • Junior prayer meeting led by juniors from year 6
  • Craft club for upper Juniors and Lower seniors run by staff members and ex-TKS staff
  • Engineering club for seniors run by a staff member
  • Jewellery making for seniors as part of DofE by a staff member
  • Cycling proficiency for year 6 led by parent volunteers

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme

As a Licensed  Centre we provide students with the opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze award in year 9 and Silver award in year 10.  The award provides a valuable opportunity for young people to:

  • challenge  themselves
  • become more competent in something which interests them
  • gain more confidence and develop leadership and teamwork skills

Furthermore, since its inauguration the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award has become the world’s leading youth achievement award. Highly regarded by colleges and employers it is useful to include on future applications and CVs.

Students gain the award after successfully completing three components (volunteering, skills and practical) each lasting a minimum of three months, but with one (two at silver) lasting six months, and by also successfully completing an expedition component which takes place over two weekends in late spring and late summer.

For more details see DofE website

After school clubs

The school is currently offering an after school Badminton club run by a member of staff for Secondary pupils.

Serving the community

The Secondary department takes the pupils off timetable for one or two days each year so that the pupils can serve the local community. With help from The Besom in Witney our pupils have gardened, painted murals and decorated rooms for individuals and projects in the Witney area. They have learned new skills and learned more about themselves in the process.

A typical pupil comment was “I have learned that it is quite easy to help other people.  It’s just about me being able to do something they can’t do for themselves”.