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Senior School Activities

While academic success is at the heart of what we strive for, education is so much more; we aim to provide a wide range of stimulating activities to offer pupils the opportunity to extend their skills or learn new ones.

There is an activity period from 4.05 – 4.55 Monday to Thursday in which every pupil in the school can become involved.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme continues to grow and increase in popularity among the pupils at Read, with the opportunity to achieve success at all levels; bronze, silver and gold.  The Award shows no sign of losing its place in the minds of employers and universities as one of the most sought after qualifications in any prospective student or employee.

Activities in the Senior School have a much wider spread than those in the Lower Junior and Upper Junior Schools and range from a school choir and drama clubs to world cookery and language clubs.  There is a full programme of sporting activities available and the creative arts are well-supported with art clubs, jewellery design and even mandarin lessons.  All pupils are expected to be involved in the activity programme and anyone not involved on a particular day are expected to attend a supervised prep session.

Pupils at Read are actively caring and this is emphasised by their involvement in charity fund-raising.  Over the years, they have raised many thousands of pounds both for national charities, through Children in Need, Comic Relief, Sports Relief and the Race for Life, as well as charities closer to home, such as local hospices, food banks and good causes.

The Combined Cadet Force at Read has been established for over 50 years, pupils having the choice of joining either the Army or RAF section; the aim of the CCF is to provide a worthwhile cadet experience with the emphasis on developing the cadets` self-confidence and expanding their leadership potential.