At TGS we believe that a solid extra-curricular programme provides a healthy balance to our academic work. In fact strong participation in extra-curricular activities has been statistically proven to result in better academic performance as a consequence of acquiring many key skills and providing self confidence. For a small school we provide a wide array of such activities in our programme, described by the ISI Inspectorate as ‘Good’. In the junior years we encourage youngsters to participate as widely as possible while older pupils may specialise later in their school career. There is no question that the participation in these activities adds strength to personal statements and CV’s later in life. Most of all they contribute to Thetford Grammar School being a busy and happy school.
Each club and society meets regularly to discuss matters of importance, allow experiences to be shared and facilitates activities and events throughout the year. Pupils can usually join any of the following Clubs and Societies, which are either organised by a member of staff or sometimes by pupils themselves. There is a club or society for every interest; if not, pupils are encouraged to find a few like-minded peers and a willing member of staff and start their own! Most activities run at lunchtimes and after school on particular days.
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Arts Award inspires young people to grow their arts and leadership talents: it’s creative, valuable and accessible. Arts Award can be achieved at five levels, four accredited qualifications and an introductory award.
Backgammon is a great way to have fun, learn about luck and of course put your maths into good practice.
Badminton is a popular option. Any pupils can join the recreational club held once a week in the Williamson Hall. A practice match versus the staff is planned for the next year!
There are many opportunities to get involved and develop your basketball skills at TGS. There is a Junior Basketball Club for boys in Years 7/8 and a Senior Basketball Club for Y9/10 at lunchtimes. Basketball is a popular sport recreationally with boys regularly playing in their spare time in Fulmerston Hall.
The Book Society is a chance for all readers to discuss their favourite books with like-minded pupils in an informal setting.
There is a very popular choir for Years 7-13. It is for all pupils – you don’t have to read music (but it helps!). The choir meets on a weekly basis and takes part in concerts inside and outside of school. We sing everything from Coldplay to jazz, gospel and classical. All welcome!
Chess has fascinated people all over the world for more than a millennium and it is becoming more and more popular at our school. Anyone, boys and girls, are very welcome to join the club and compete against each other or just have fun watching this exciting game.
Debating Society (KS4-5)
The Debating Society gives pupils the opportunity to flex their intellectual muscle in competitive debating. Topics are always interesting and lively as pupils try to outdo each other in verbal jousting. Debating is an enjoyable way to help improve pupils’ academic ability and their confidence in public.
Drama Club Production
This is an exciting opportunity. Entry for main characters is by competitive audition. All pupils from Y7-13 are most welcome to have a go. Rehearsals for the production take place after School on Wednesdays throughout the Autumn and Spring Term.
Duke of Edinburgh Scheme programme (Year 9 and above)
The Duke of Edinburgh award scheme challenges young people aged 14 to 25 throughout the world to serve others, acquire new skills, experience adventure and make new friends. Their achievements are widely recognised in education and employment. Pupils may enter at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. As well as the time devoted to the scheme in the curriculum, participants must also complete many elements in their own time. Commitment is vital.
Most of our pupils are participating in the scheme at any time and the completion rate is high. We have a number of qualified and experienced staff and volunteers to help pupils meet their goals.
Electronics/ Robotics Club
Design and build a range of electronic devices, learn how to prototype and build soldered electronic project circuits.
Football for Girls (Autumn Term only)
Football for girls is a fast-growing sport and has become quite popular at TGS. The club is run by Mr Young till October half-term and includes training sessions and friendly matches.
History Film Club for Y10-13 (Autumn & Spring Term only)
If you enjoy watching and discussing films there should be something here to interest you. The History Film Club offers you some of the best films from around the globe and an insight into the history of different countries.
The Kids’ Lit Quiz is a fantastic opportunity to compete against other schools in the annual literature competition. There is a lot of practice in the run-up to the county competition in November where 4 pupils will represent our school. In the past two years we have won the Norfolk competition and were able to compete on a national level.
Grade 5 Theory Clinic runs every week for those about to take ABRSM Grade 5 Theory Exam of Music.
Netball Team practice
Practices will be weekly throughout the autumn and spring terms and will be during the lunch break. Girls will work on skills, fitness and team-play, in readiness for matches and tournaments.
Rifle Shooting Club
This is a precision sport available to all pupils from Year 7 upwards. We have a purpose-built five-lane automated range for 177 air rifle and air pistol. It is open Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday lunchtimes and on Thursday after school. You will be trained in the safe use of air rifles and pistols and then coached to develop your skills. We run a competition each term. Senior members can be trained as Range Assistants as the service element of the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme. For those displaying potential, there is a county development squad and the chance to represent Norfolk.
If you are a vocalist or play drums, guitar, bass or keyboard, you may be interested in working in the recording studio or performing with the Rock Group.
Saxophone and Woodwind Ensembles
Perform a mixture of jazz, pop and classical pieces. Jazz improvisation is positively encouraged!
This ensemble is especially for our string players and performs in most school concerts and also accompanies the main school choir.
The ever popular summer Tennis Club. Play, relax and enjoy.
TGS Band & Orchestra
This is a popular group for pupils with the ability to play guitar, drums, keyboard etc. and for those who sing. There is a range of music that is performed regularly at school events. The main emphasis for this group is having fun whilst learning to play an instrument.
This group has performed at many high profile events, including Thetford Business Forum Lunches and the Mayor-Making at Thetford Guildhall.