As well as our enrichment hour, there are a host of extra-curricular activities on offer to broaden horizons outside of the core curriculum and ensure each pupil achieves their very best outcomes at The Hayesbrook School. Click here to see our list of Lunchtime & After School Clubs for the current term.
A broad range of extra-curricular clubs and competitive fixtures are run throughout the year. Football runs from September to Christmas (and beyond for those teams progressing further in the various cup competitions), and all year groups are entered into a local schools league, the West Kent Cup and the Kent Cup. We also have a Pro-Soccer academy in the 6th form, who play in the Academy Premier and Championship League, as well as the U19, U17 County Cup, and the National Cup.
Basketball, rugby, tennis, badminton, table tennis, handball and athletics fixtures and clubs are run wherever possible at various times throughout the rest of the year. A clubs timetable is published on the website at the start of every term.
We are fortunate to have good links with two universities – Christ Church, Canterbury and the University of Sussex. The department has benefited from themed science days run by the universities, as well as masterclasses by lecturers who are leaders in their fields specifically aimed at encouraging pupils to consider careers in the lucrative STEM industries (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths).
Links with industry and other local schools have been made to share equipment to ensure the pupils have an opportunity to use cutting edge technology, not normally found in the classroom.
Science Club offers a hands-on science curriculum enrichment program, designed to teach scientific concepts and skills through practical activities.
The emphasis is on problem solving and collaborative team work, with sessions building on the context of scientific development.
The sessions themselves have a central theme, such as: demonstrating the properties of fuels; using methane bubbles and Hydrogen balloons; making glow-in-the-dark jelly; turning copper pennies into silver and gold and exploring ways to put an egg in a conical flask.
What our pupils have to say about the Science Club….
“It is my favourite place to be!”
I like science club because it is fun and it makes me do challenging work”
It’s not just cool, you also get to learn stuff”
“Why would anyone not like this Science Club?”
“I love Science Club, sometimes we can also choose our own experiments”
The Mathematics Department offers the following additional opportunities:
- Junior and intermediate UKMT Maths Challenge
- Participation in UKMT maths Team Challenge
- Stock Market trading during enrichment- this involves a lot of mental arithmetic
- Maths club
- Maths Games days
- Attendance at ‘Teen Tech’ in Tonbridge
- Family learning events
- Link with Tonbridge school – supporting Further mathematics
Students can visit our Student Services department at lunchtime (5 days a week) or after school (4 days a week) in order to complete homework in a calm and quiet environment with the support of Learning Mentors. Everyone is welcome.
In addition to time-tabled music lessons, individual or group instrumental tuition is offered via visiting
peripatetic music staff.