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Extra-Curricular & Trips

In Seniors

Learning should not be limited to the classroom; learning outside of the classroom helps pupils to develop their enthusiasm for the subject, personal confidence and relationships with their classmates and their teachers. 

Extra-curricular trips are used to reinforce both the pastoral and academic provision at Arnold Lodge, as we take our pupils out into the real world to help them experience the curriculum in a tangible way and to support their growing independence and self-confidence. 

Life in our Senior School is enhanced through a diverse range of clubs, trips and expeditions held throughout the year.

Every year group in the Senior School will have one residential trip a year to look forward to alongside a number of day trips. The senior school residential trips run in the same week to minimise teaching disruption.

Extra-curricular clubs are also offered during lunch times and after school from 4.00pm to 5:00pm each day, to help children to develop their passions and skills.

Here is a look at what ExEn clubs are on this term.

What would you like to sign up to ... see what we have got on offer this term in our Summer Term 2023 ExEn Timetable. 

We run an exciting range of clubs and societies to encourage children to try new things, share their passions with others and to make the most of opportunities. 

We aim to expose children to as many new experiences as possible, allowing them to explore their likes and dislikes. 

With lunchtime and afterschool clubs – from senior chefs to karate, school newspaper to stage combat, choir singing to ultimate frisbee and chess – there’s plenty of exciting activities for children to try.

If your child has an interest that you don’t think we cater for, we will do our best to set it up. 

Most clubs can be accessed free of charge, or for a nominal fee to cover the cost of materials. There is only an extra charge if a specialist outside instructor is brought in.

Summer Term 2023 ExEn Timetable.

Juniors ExEn Club Information Booklet     Seniors ExEn Club Information Booklet

For details on the external provider sessions and for copies of their termly fees. Please email [email protected]

From a day trip to the Houses of Parliament, a visit to Kenilworth Castle or camping in Poole, pupils are able to establish their independence and learn about their own interests in a safe environment away from home. 

Excursions such as hiking in Iceland or trips to the First World War Battlefields in Belgium support learning and the development of the whole child, as well as fuelling their passions for the future.

These are some of the trips our pupils have been lucky enough to go on:

2020/2021Trip WeekRockley Trip (Y7 - 13)
October H/TShort Hockey Tour (Y7 - 8)CERNSwiterland (Y9 - 13)
2021/2022Trip WeekCornwall (Y7)Battlefields (Y9 - 10)
Trip WeekKingswood (Y8)
2022/2023Trip WeekSailing Trip (Y7 - 13)
Oct H/TShort Football & Netball (Y7 - 8)Bay of Naples (Y10 - 12)
Feb H/TSkiing (Y6 - 10 & 12) 
2023/2024Trip WeekParis (Y7 - 8)Battlefields (Y9 - 10)
Feb H/TSkiing (Y6 - 10 & 12)

For a pupil joining ALS who is able to commit to all of the opportunities, their residential experience would be as follows:

Year 8
CornwallSkiingSailing Lv3 & RacingHockey Tour
Year 9
Sailing TripSkiingSailing & Sailing CompetitionsHockey Tours
Year 8
BattlefieldsSkiingSailing & Sailing CompetitionsHockey Tours


Regular trips are arranged to watch professional sports people competing on the biggest stages. 

Recent outings have included the All England Badminton Finals, British Basketball League Finals and Wimbledon tennis. Our pupils have also performed the guard of honour for Leicester Tigers Rugby Club.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is extremely popular, with pupils from Year 9 working to gain awards. For more information on the Duke of Edinburgh programme, please contact Ms Morgan.

Ms Morgan - [email protected]

Our Academy of Dance is popular, with many of the school taking part in extra-curricular dance classes. 

From Reception to Sixth Form, classes are offered in ballet, tap, street, disco and more. Pupils study for examinations following the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) syllabus and enjoy showcasing their talents at some our assemblies.