Co-curriculum

Co-curricular activities, clubs and societies at Downside provide vital experiences and opportunities, introducing pupils to new experiences, new life skills and new friends. 

All pupils participate in the co-curriculum programme which runs throughout the week and on weekends. With over 70 options to choose from, there is something for everyone – from adventure and sports to creative arts and service.

 ADVENTURE &
OUTDOOR EDUCATION
Air Rifle Shooting
Archery
Canoeing
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Duke of Edinburgh
Indoor Climbing
Kayaking
Mountain Biking
Paddlesport
Riding
Sailing
Ten Tors
 ART, DESIGN & TECHNOLOGY
Advanced Drawing
Art
Design
Design Mentoring
Digital Leaders
Illustration
Knit & Natter
Mixed Media Journaling
Sewing
Stone Carving
Textile Design
Woodwork
 DEBATE, DISCUSSION & ACADEMIC CLINICS
Abingdon Society
Maths
MedSoc
Mock Trial Club
Model United Nations (MUN)
Politics Society
Wallingford & Scientific Reading Society
 LIFESTYLE
Book Club
Cookery

Cracking Cryptic Crosswords
Fine Dining
Gardening & Conservation
Health & Wellbeing
History
International Committee
Poetry Club
School Magazine
Vintners
Writing Club
 PERFORMING ARTS & MEDIA
Ballet RAD Classical
Ballroom Dancing
Band Activity
Boys’ Chamber Choir
Brass Group
Chanter
Close Harmony Group
Concert Band
Contemporary Dance
Drama
Film Club
Girls’ Chamber Choir 
Jazz Band
Mixed Chamber Choir
Modern/Jazz Dance (ISTD)
Music Catalogue
Orchestra
Percussion Group / Drum Line
Photography Club
Pipe Band 
Recreational Dance
Rock Band
Saxophone Group
Schola Cantorum
School Radio
Speech & Drama
String Ensemble
Tap
Theatre
Videoing Practice
 SERVICE & OUTREACH
CCF
CAFOD
Chaplaincy
Charities
Community Service
Environmental Group
E-safety Outreach
Fosse Care Home
Environmental Committee
Languages Outreach
Languages Outreach
School Council
Soup Run
Sports Outreach
Tutoria
 SPORTS & GAMES
Badminton
Basketball
Bootcamp
Chess Club
Cricket Nets
Cross Country
 Downside Active
Football
Golf
Hockey
Rugby
Rugby 7s
Sports Leadership
Squash & Raquetball
Swimming 
Tennis
Warhammer Club
Weight Training

Weekends

Weekends are busy and purposeful at Downside. Pupils are engaged in a wide variety of activity options: clubs, games, sporting fixtures, socials, trips out, performing arts events and Sunday Mass. With all this on offer there is never ‘nothing to do’. Click here to see a sample weekend activity programme.

Trips

Pupils benefit from a variety of trips throughout the year including academic trips to CERN, Cornall, London, Bristol, Bath, Paris or Rome, outdoor learning and adventure holidays to Blenheim Forest, the Ten Tors challenge, Skern Lodge in Devon, Cheddar Reservoir and retreats to a variety of locations including Buckfast Abbey and the Ammerdown Centre. 

Director of the Co-curriculum

Mr S Potter, BA 
Email: spotter@downside.co.uk