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Extra-curricular Activities

Undertaking extra-curricular activities has far-ranging benefits that touch on many aspects of a child’s development. Here are some examples of those benefits:

  • Learning new skills that can stay with your child for a lifetime; everything from playing sports to learning to play an instrument could lead to hours spent doing something they enjoy. Extra-curricular activities can also instil key skills and traits that can be helpful throughout a child’s life, for example, sports are key to developing teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills. A musical instrument requires perseverance, hand-eye coordination and, above all, creativity.
  • Boosting academic performance. A lot of the skills that lie at the heart of extra-curricular activities can be used during core academic subjects. Education requires solid problem-solving skills, memory, creativity, and critical thinking. To varying degrees, you can find an extra-curricular activity that has an impact on these areas.
  • Developing broader social skills. The nature of many extra-curricular activities means that your child will be engaging with other children in a social setting. Away from the classroom, it’s a good opportunity for them to mix with likeminded children in something they all enjoy. This gives them a chance to develop their social skills, meet new friends and become more confident communicating in groups.


Here at St John Fisher, we firmly believe in the benefits of providing extra-curricular activities for our pupils. Examples of the activities that we provide include:

  • Learning to play an instrument with tuition provided by the Oxfordshire Music Service
  • Working alongside staff from the Oxford Playhouse to write, act in and direct our own plays.
  • A partnership with Headington Girls School Music department – allowing children to record their own songs in a music studio
  • Being part of a rock/pop band, either playing an instrument or singing, with tuition from Rock Steady
  • Taking part in Residentials to Outdoor Activity Centres, such as Woodlands, Yenworthy and Hill End
  • Taking part in PFMAC music and sporting events
  • Taking part in multiple sporting events across the Borough
  • Regular class trips
  • Project linking with Earth Trust
  • Charity work – organising own small group events
  • Taking part in the Big Sing
  • Science Oxford Workshops in the school
  • Specialist Cricket and Hockey coaching
  • Italian teaching in the school
  • A wide range of clubs, from cooking to art and dance