The school offers a wide and increasing range of opportunities for young people to develop interests outside the normal curriculum. A programme of activities is circulated to students at the beginning of each year.
Students are able to play competitively against each other in inter-house events and against other schools in a wide range of sports. These include soccer, rugby, netball, hockey, swimming, cricket, cross-country, tennis, rounders, athletics, badminton, squash, basketball and gymnastics. Practices normally take place at lunchtime, with further opportunities after school. Whilst the size of the school and the range of activities ensures that any student who wishes to take part in something may do so, the school is proud of its record in inter-school events, and many of its members regularly represent both the area and the county. These achievements have recently been recognised through the Sportsmark and Education Extra Distinction awards made to the school in recognition of the opportunities it offers students for sports at all levels.
Connecting Youth Culture
The CYC team (Connecting Youth Culture) is based at Bedale High School. The CYC team provide enrichment activities in the creative and performing arts and will be working closely with all departments in school to offer additional activities and experiences outside the curriculum and outside the school day. The programme varies throughout the year but might include opportunities for those interested in dance, performance, recording and playing in a rock band.
Music, Drama and Dance
Peripatetic teachers visit the school to give tuition in woodwind, brass, upper and lower strings, keyboard, percussion, singing and guitar. We hope that those who receive instrumental tuition will join one of the school bands, senior band, junior band, choir or various smaller ensembles. The school bands perform at the annual Presentation Evening, visit neighbouring primary schools, take part in music workshops, put on concerts and provide the accompaniment for school productions. Members of the bands are encouraged to join the Area Music Centre, which meets at Northallerton on Saturday mornings. Our most talented musicians have gained places in the County Orchestra or Swing Band.
Foreign Visits, Residential visits and International Links – International School Status
The school has been designated an International School following our excellent international partnerships, visits and curriculum initiatives.
In recent years school parties have visited the sites of the 1944 invasion of Normandy and major battlefields of the First World War, Berlin, Auschwitz, Iceland, Paris, visits to a German Christmas Market and Vietnam as well as a skiing trip to Austria.
Every year we offer over 100 places to Year 9 students to attend a week’s residential at Bewerley Park. The programme at Bewerley Park includes outdoor skills, abseiling and sailing amongst other activities. All Year 7 students are offered the opportunity to visit the Field Centre at East Barnby near Whitby during their first term at Bedale High School. The activities include orienteering, canoeing, camping, climbing, dry-slope skiing, moorland walking, mountain biking and surf boarding, as well as studies of the local environment. Please note that children of families who receive certain benefits may qualify for assistance with certain residential visits to NYCC outdoor centres.
In addition to the residential experiences outlined above, there are many opportunities for visits to the theatre, places of artistic or historical interest, lectures, demonstrations and sporting events. As in other schools, parents are asked to pay the costs of visits, although such support must be voluntary for non-residential visits that take place in school time.
Lunchtime Activities and Charitable work
As well as the activities mentioned earlier, there are many other activities which take place at lunchtime. For example, the Learning Resource Centre is staffed by the Learning Resource Centre Manager and volunteer junior librarians, and is always popular. It is open every break and lunchtime. Students can use computers, use the ipads, borrow kindles, do homework, watch TV or attend Film Friday. There are also homework clubs and a lunchtime reading group and our Military Kids Club for children from Forces families and their friends. In the Design and Technology and Art block, one of several teaching areas in the school, students are often to be found working on project work.
The school supports many charitable causes, often on the initiative of students. Once each term we seek to raise funds for local, national and international causes, usually through non-uniform days and related activities. For example, we fund a classroom in the Mettupalayam community in Southern India. With our strong association with the military (18% of our students attend from Forces families), we have regularly held fundraising activities for ‘Help for Heroes’. Each year over 50 students and many parents take part in the Coast to Coast cycle ride organised by the school.