At Deer Park we offer more than a visible curriculum. Pupils are encouraged to participate in a wide range of extended and extra curricular activities, many of which are designed to support learning as well as promoting interests and developing abilities in new areas.
Our comprehensive extra-curricular list is revised termly to reflect seasonal shifts in activities, particularly in sport and events in our school calendar. Some specialist enrichment opportunities run for a fixed period of time both within and outside the normal curriculum and often involve our pupils working alongside experts. Enrichment standstill days may take place during the year, with pupils having the opportunity to participate in active workshops related to a central theme such as ‘Financial Awareness’ or ‘Lifestyle for Learning’.
We have a strong tradition of offering innovative trips to foreign countries for pupils. Countries which our pupils have visited over the past five year include France, Germany, Spain, Italy, Holland, Iceland and Nepal. Every child in the school will have the opportunity to participate in at least one foreign trip, many of which take place during our annual Enrichment Week which offers all pupils a structured cross-curricular programme for one week during Term 6 each year.
We currently offer musical tuition on Cello, Violin, Viola, Piccolo, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Cornet, Trombone, French Horn, Tenor Horn, Baritone, Euphonium, Tuba, Piano, Keyboard, Drum Kit, Classical Guitar, Electric Guitar and Singing. Each year pupils have 30 lessons of 30 minutes each. These are either paired lessons or individual lessons (except piano, where paired lessons are not possible). Individual lessons are currently £13.50 each and paired lessons £6.75. Pupils come out of their class lesson to attend their music lessons. The timetable is rotated to ensure that it is not the same subject lesson missed every week. If you have any questions please contact Mr Cook.
In addition to Music Lessons, we offer a range of music activities at lunch time and after school: Deer Park Players, Ukulele Group, Junior Choir, Senior Singers, Guitar Group, Flute Group and Music Theory Workshops. Concerts form an important part of the school calendar: Christmas Concert and Carol Service, Young Musician competition, School Productions, Summer Showcase of Expressive Arts.
Click on the images below to find out more about Extra Curricular activities. Please note that some of these clubs are not currently running due to Covid restrictions.
PE Clubs (Winter)
PE Clubs in the Autumn term include
- Key Stage 3 Cross Country (Sept/Oct)
- Year 7/8 Netball
- Year 8/9/10 Netball
- Year 7/8 Rugby (Sept/Oct) or Basketball (Nov/Dec)
- Year 9/10/11 Rugby (Sept/Oct) or Basketball (Nov/Dec)
- All Years Badminton
PE Clubs (Summer)
After School PE Clubs in the Summer 2021 term are as follows:
Year 8 Tennis / Cricket / Rounders
Year 11 Athletics / Tennis / Cricket / Rounders
Year 10 Athletics / Tennis / Rounders
Year 9 Tennis / Cricket / Rounders
PE Clubs (Spring)
PE clubs in the Spring term include
Year 7/8 Talent ID (lunchtime)
Year 7 Girls Hockey (lunchtime)
Year 9/10/11 Girls Hockey
Year 7/8/9 Boys Football
Year 10/11 Boys Football
All Years Girls Football
Year 7/8 Boys Football (lunchtime)
Year 7/8 Girls Hockey
All Years Girls and Boys Badminton
BBC Young Reporter
BBC Young Reporter (previously BBC News School Report) is a journalism and media project encouraging young people to share their stories and have their voices heard. For more information, please see Miss Tricker in English.
Tutor Group Sport Tournaments
As a faculty, in PE we pride ourselves on the high percentage of pupils who get involved in extra-curricular activities, including our much sought after Key Stage 3 Inter Tutor Group Tournaments and the award for the overall winner each year.
Rugby (boys) – October
Netball (girls) – October
Hockey (mixed) – January
Football (mixed) – March
Rounders (mixed) – June
Tennis (boys/girls) – July
Athletics (all) – July
The Ukulele group is aimed at anyone interested in learning to play the ukulele. There will be opportunities to perform in various concerts that the Music department organises. If you are interested, see Mr Cook for more details.
The Steel Band is a fun ensemble for anyone interested in playing these great sounding drums. The group performs in school concerts and have also recently performed in a local steel band festival. The group rehearse after school in the Main Hall. See Mr Cook for more details.
The Dance Club looks at lots of different forms and dance and movement. You will work on developing your own dance skills and work as part of a dance team. There will be opportunities to perform in Expressive Arts events. See Mrs Gleed for more details.
The Photography Club is open to pupils in all years and is an opportunity to work on improving your photography skills. There will be opportunities to go out and find different types of photographs to capture and then to work on getting the best shot possible! There are chances to get involved in local and national photography competitions too. For more information, please see Mrs Evans in Design.
The DP Players is aimed at musicians who are from beginning to intermediate level and are interested in playing in a group. There will be opportunities to perform in various concerts that the music department organises. If you are interested, see Mr Cook for more details.
Textiles Club is open to pupils in all years: there are opportunities to develop your screen-printing skills in addition to working on pieces of clothing that you may want to design and make. If you want to know more information about this club then please see Ms Cato.
The Deer Park Singers is aimed at anyone in Years 9, 10 and 11 who likes to sing, the group tackle more challenging music in many different styles. There will be opportunities to perform in various concerts that the Music department organises. See Miss Faux for more details.
The Junior Singers is aimed at anyone in Year 7 and Year 8 who likes to sing, the group tackle music in many different styles. There will be opportunities to perform in various concerts that the Music department organises. See Miss Faux for more details.
We run extra training over the year to enable pupils to participate in the School Games programme, which is made up of four levels of activity: competition in schools, between schools, and at a county/area level. These extra sports complement our already diverse and extensive extra-curricular weekly PE programme across the year and include:
Rowing Table tennis Basketball Badminton Archery Mountain Biking Watersports Equestrian Boccia Skateboarding/Scootering/BMX Kwick Cricket
The Flute Group is aimed at flautists who are grade 3 and above who want to learn different styles of music and work in an ensemble. There will be opportunities to perform in Expressive Arts events. If you are interested, the group will be rehearsing on Thursday mornings at 8:40am. Speak to Mrs Mitchell or Mr Cook for more details.
The Guitar Group is aimed at guitarists who want to learn different styles of music and work in an ensemble. There will be opportunities to perform in Expressive Arts events. Times to be confirmed. See Mr Cook for more details.
In this club, pupils use resources from the Code Club website and other sources to develop their programming skills. Projects include game, program and app creation using Scratch, Python, Kodu and App Inventor. All of these applications are free to download and pupils can continue their projects at home or in ICT Rooms when available. For more information, please speak to your Computing teacher.