A well-rounded education takes students out of the classroom, offering exciting opportunities to develop a wide range of soft skills, such as leadership and self-confidence.

All our activities take place on a Friday from 3.00pm to 5.15pm. They are part of our Friday options, but once a student has signed up, attendance becomes part of their curriculum.

How do students choose their activities?

They can opt to:

  • Join the Combined Cadet Force (CCF)
  • Get involved in Outdoor Education
  • Take part in School and Community Service (SCS)

Students choose their activities in Year 9 and do them in Years 10 to 13.

Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is a partnership between secondary schools and the Ministry of Defence. It can include Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army or Royal Air Force sections.

Over 500 secondary schools across the UK take part, offering a broad range of challenging, exciting and adventurous activities. CCF promotes personal responsibility, leadership and self-discipline. All while having fun.

At Habs, you can choose from:

  • Royal Navy
  • Army
  • RAF

Outdoor Education

Outdoor Education (OE) aims to inspire a love for the outdoors in all who take part. Students are offered the chance to engage in a wide range of activities, such as mountain biking, climbing, orienteering and archery.

They also have the opportunity to gain their PADI diving qualification as part of this course.

School and Community Service (SCS)

Students can get involved in projects designed to help us think about others and the world around us. Our programme is split into three clear sections; Land, Community and Service. Examples of the current SCS projects are as follows:

  • Care Homes – students visit and entertain residents at a local care home
  • Food Banks – students help at a local food bank, sorting donations and assisting visitors
  • Sports– helping staff to plan and lead sessions for younger students
  • Chickens and allotments – students help care for the chickens and allotments

Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)

On top of the Friday afternoon programme, students can take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. Our programme is designed to support and challenge students from Year 9 upwards as they work their way through the three levels of Duke of Edinburgh: Bronze, Silver and Gold.

All Year 9 students are expected to take part in the Bronze award, with time given to their training on Field Days and space made in the calendar to complete their expedition during the school year.

At the start of each academic year, students from Year 10 and 11 are invited to join the Silver awards, while Lower Sixth and Upper Sixth are invited to join the Gold award. These students can then complete their practice and qualifying expeditions during the school holidays.

Duke of Edinburgh