The range of extra-curricular activities is extremely impressive (Ofsted)
It is impossible to do justice to the full range of clubs and societies in a few words, but those which particularly interest Sixth Formers include:
- The Whewell (debating) Society which regularly welcomes visiting speakers from Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School’s Taylor-Wright Society
- A successful Chess Club
- The International Society
- Young Enterprise
- Theatre Club, which organises trips to theatres in Manchester and Liverpool.
A large number of students take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. The school’s voluntary CCF consists of Royal Navy, Royal Air Force and Army sections, and sailing, flying and shooting are regular activities, along with orienteering and adventure training.
Sixth Form - Music
As well as a choir and rock choir, we have an excellent big band and two orchestras, as well as plenty of opportunity for smaller groups. Two concerts and a major choral work are performed each year, usually in conjunction with Lancaster Girls’ Grammar School. The Sixth Form Charity Concert is a highlight of the year!
The school has also collaborated with LGGS to produce large scale musicals such as Oh! What a Lovely War, The Little Shop of Horrors, My Fair Lady, North and South by Julian Davies and Harvey Rycroft, South Pacific, West Side Story, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Threepenny Opera, Cabaret, Les Miserables and Grease. A musical is performed each year in the Dukes Theatre or Grand Theatre, Lancaster.
A European tour is usually undertaken each year and our musicians and singers have given concerts in Vienna, Salzburg, Krakow, Kiel, Tampere (Finland) and Rendsburg (Germany).
Sixth Form - Drama
Every year at LRGS there is a fantastic opportunity to participate in a joint production with LGGS - this is a chance not to be missed. I took part in Grease and it was one of the most exhilarating few months of my life!
I met lots of new people and made plenty of new friends who made the whole experience so much better. Rehearsing begins several months before the final productions, usually one night after school every week. These soon become a way of life. As for the performances, they were the biggest thrill I have ever experienced. Grease was the first dramatic production I had been involved in and has convinced me to become involved in the production again next year. It’s worth noting that the interaction with girls throughout the whole musical is definitely a good enough reason to get involved!
Sixth Form - Responsibility
In the Lower Sixth pupils are asked if they would like to become a Prefect for a form in either the Lower or Middle School (years 1-5). This involves spending time with the form at least once a week. From personal experience, I find that I go more often than that, as it is quite refreshing interacting with the younger pupils.
I would like to think that this is of benefit to them, as I offer a port of call for any troubles they may have and find it difficult to speak to a teacher about. I also get involved in any form activities, such as discussions and raising money for charity. I think I give the lads more confidence, as I always remember in my first few years in the school it was nice to know a few Sixth Formers, if only by name to say hello to.
As well as the benefits for the form, I also benefit from this as it helps keep me in touch with what is going on in the lower years around the school and it will also be a good thing to write on my UCAS form!
Since the start of the year I have been doing mentoring. This is where I help a junior boy who has been experiencing trouble with his academic studies. This has been a new experience for me as I had never received mentoring beforehand, so only had a rough guideline of what I had to achieve.
I get a great deal of satisfaction you when my mentee works out the problem at hand, without any help from me, as I know that it has been my involvement that has brought this about. Through mentoring I meet the staff and talk to them to find out what the mentee needs help with, and also find out how to teach it in a coherent way.
It looks good on your UCAS form when you have looked after and helped another boy who has struggled with his studies and through mentoring and I have developed skills that I wouldn't otherwise have gained.
Tim Hornby and Daniel Walker
Sixth Form - Charity Work
Many of our students take the opportunity to become involved in voluntary and charity work in the Sixth Form. This may be at organised events such as the Sixth Form concert, the annual Christmas dinner for elderly local people, the charity cross-country run or Form events during the Lent term.
Outside of this many also do independent work. This may be as part of the general studies community service projects or on their own.