Senior School Activities
Oswestry School offers a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs
These enable pupils to pursue and develop their personal special interests and skills, sample and maybe adopt new interests, or dig deeper into a favourite academic subject.
The nature of the clubs varies through the course of the year and includes a range of sporting, cultural, scientific and ICT related activities.
A list of available clubs and times is published at the beginning of each term so that pupils are able to sign up for their chosen activities, which can take place during the lunch break or after school. Most clubs are free but in some cases there may be a small charge to cover materials or specialist equipment.
Oswestry School’s ethos is to ensure that the skills of each pupil are developed, not only through academic education but also through identifying their physical abilities and encouraging them to participate in a wide range of sporting activities.
Facilities at the school include 30 acres of playing fields, including an all-weather pitch, heated indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, all-weather tennis and netball courts and cricket nets. Pupils enjoy their sport and the extensive range of activities on offer ensures that there is a variety of team and individual pursuits in which all can participate and succeed.
The school has always been proud of its record on the games field, providing a wide range of team sports. A high level of competitive excellence is achieved across all the school’s main games of football, hockey, rugby, netball, cricket, tennis, athletics and cross country. We have regular sports fixtures with other independent and state schools. Individuals from the School are regularly selected to play at county or even national level in their respective pursuits.
We think it is important to support and encourage the success of our pupils and we are extremely proud of their achievements, both in and out of school. Representation at any level is worthy of praise and acknowledgement and we urge each individual to inform us of all that they accomplish so that we can share in and celebrate their success.
The range of extra-curricular activities on offer allows our pupils to experience a full and varied sports programme. With specialist coaches offering pursuits such as kung fu, basketball and fencing (to name but three), our pupils’ time after school is fully enriched. There is something for everyone, every day.
Music & Drama
Oswestry School has a great tradition of music and drama. Each year, the Music and English Departments stage a musical production. Recent years have seen performances of 'Fiddler on the Roof', 'Les Miserables', 'Guys and Dolls', 'Bugsy Malone', 'Oh What a Lovely War!' and 'Oliver!' Pupils from all ages and abilities are encouraged to take part both on stage and behind the scenes.
The annual House Drama Competition provides an opportunity for the pupils themselves to produce and perform short pieces in competition between the houses.
There are many music events throughout the year, providing the opportunity for pupils to sing and perform. As well as these fixed events, school musicians often contribute entertainment for charitable causes and take part in music festivals and workshops with other schools.
Specialist peripatetic teachers visit the school regularly and instrumental lessons can be arranged via our Head of Music. Indeed, over half of our pupils choose to learn an instrument within the school's instrumental teaching programme. We currently provide tuition for piano, cello, double bass, flute, violin, viola, clarinet, saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor or baritone), guitar (classical, electric or bass), trumpet, cornet, trombone, E♭horn, French horn, vocal studies, percussion and drum kit. If you would like to learn an instrument that isn't included here, please ask. The music department is always happy to try to make the necessary arrangements.
At no extra cost, some of our teachers run lunchtime groups, which enable students to enjoy playing together and to develop broader musicianship skills. When students are ready they join the school orchestra, concert band and other ensembles. Assemblies, lunch-time recitals and evening concerts give our musicians many performance opportunities.
Public Speaking & Debating
The experience of speaking in front of an audience helps pupils to grow in poise and confidence, and throughout their time at Oswestry School, pupils are encouraged to develop these skills.
All pupils are able to take part in the English Speaking Board (ESB) examinations each year, and can take them as high as Senior proficiency and Advanced level whilst in the Sixth Form. These last two exams give them valuable UCAS points towards their university application.
Each year there is an inter-house public speaking competition and a regular debating and public speaking club which takes part in numerous competitions.
The Luidius Society meets weekly throughout the year and exists to foster intellectual curiosity and ambition amongst members of the School community. Weekly meetings are hosted by members of staff and by pupils. Meetings usually involve a discussion or lecture on a topic of interest. Recent topics have included retrograde analysis, English etymology and the influence of Shakespeare on popular culture. In addition to the weekly meetings off-site trips to universities, public lectures and other events and places of interest feature regularly in the programme of events.
Adventure Education & CCF
Oswestry School has an extremely active Adventure Education department, offering activities as diverse as mountain biking, kayaking and sailing, with Oswestry School Sailing Association (OSSA).
We have a very popular Combined Cadet Force (CCF) and many pupils take up the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, both encouraging self-reliance and developing leadership skills. The School also runs an annual ski trip and regular self-directed expeditions to locations such as Peru, Corsica, the Himalayas and Morocco.
We have a 70% completion rate at Duke of Edinburgh and have had numerous successes in young people undertaking foot, canoe and sea kayak expeditions for the award.
Several pupils have become UKCC/BCU Level 1 coaches which is the first step on the national coaching scheme for paddlesport. Pupils have also attained 2 star and 3 star BCU proficiency awards in canoeing, sea kayaking and whitewater kayaking.
Opportunities to take part in land-based and water-based adventure education is strong with a small cohort of young people now starting to take a keen interest in climbing.
Pupils have sea kayaked around Mull, winter mountaineered in Scotland and ice climbed in Snowdonia. More recently the school has undertaken an Alpine mountaineering expedition to the Swiss Alps using its own qualified instructors.
Through the CCF cadets have gained awards in skiing, summer and winter mountaineering and also paddlesport. All cadets are instructed in subjects such as military knowledge, drill, turnout, map and compass, weapon training and field craft. The CCF year ends with the annual CCF summer camp involving a week's activities at the start of the summer holidays. Rock climbing, raft building and watermanship, together with intercontingent competitions with other school's CCF units provide challenges to our cadets in this popular and memorable week.
The underpinning aim in all these activities is that the participants go from dependent to independent practitioners in their chosen pursuits in order for them to become pastimes for life.