Our Library is open every day from 8.30am until 5.00pm except Fridays, when it closes at 4.30pm for the afternoon. Beechen Cliff Library offers a ‘safe’ place for pupils to study, do their homework, use the internet or simply unwind and read a good book.
All pupils are encouraged to take an active part in sport and outdoor activities. We regularly compete with other Schools in a wide range of sports. There are music and drama events and frequent trips both home and abroad.
Open every morning for all pupils and students in the Dining Hall, from 8.00am to 8.25am. Serving delicious, nutritious meals including full English breakfast, bacon sandwiches, baguettes, bagels and drinks. Why not come and join us?
Please see details below of days, times and years open to:
Art Club - Open to all Years, come along and join Miss Holloway in Dali Art Room, Wednesdays 3.25pm to 4.15pm.
Art – GCSE Catch up:
All pupils in Years 10 and 11 are invited to come along for extra catch up and support, Wednesday afternoons from 3.25pm – 4.25pm in Moore with Mr Willenz.
All abilities welcome!
Years 8 and 9 are invited to join Mr Shaw join the Sports Hall on Wednesday afternoons from 3.30pm to 4.30pm.
Sessions for Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 run Thursday lunchtimes from 1.15pm to 2.00pm with Mr Shaw. See you there!
Open to all Years, running on different days and at different times after school. Team players and non-team players are welcome to come. This is a great opportunity to learn the basic skills. Sessions will be organised with drills and skills and competitive matches will be arranged.
Year 7 – These sessions commence at the start of the Christmas term,
Thursdays, 3.30pm - 4.30pm in the Sports Hall with Mr Roper
Years 8 and 9 - Monday lunchtimes, 1.15pm - 2.10pm in the Sports Hall with Mr Roper
Years 10 and 11 - Tuesday lunchtimes, 1.15pm - 2.10pm in the Sports Hall with Mr Jaggon
Years 12 and 13 - These sessions commence at the start of the Christmas term, Thursdays, 4.30pm – 6.00pm in the Sports Hall with Mr Roper
Beat the Bloodhound Project:
Pupils will try out experiments to do with the science behind rocket cars, and will be using a CFD engineering simulation in order to try to perfect the design of the bloodhound car to make it faster. Pupils will take part in a regional competition with other schools, using an online simulator to test and try to improve the design of the bloodhound land speed record car. Engineers from the industry and 6th Form students will help support. There will also be opportunities to visit the bloodhound project itself and also the supercomputing facilities at Bristol University.
The club runs from Wednesday 2nd October 2013 until 27th November 2013.
This club is open to pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 on Wednesday afternoons 3.30pm to 5.00pm in S5 with Mr Seal.
These puzzles support the development and co-ordination of a wealth of skills, such as lateral thinking, numeracy and literacy, spatial awareness, visual perception, fine motor skills, problem solving and much more.
Year 7 pupils, are invited to join Mrs Leonardi in the English Block Foyer on Wednesday lunchtimes 12.30pm to 1.10pm.
Pupils in Years 8 and 9 will meet on Tuesday lunchtimes 1.20pm – 2.10pm in the English Block Foyer.
Open to Years 7, 12 and 13. Youth workers from St Luke’s invite pupils and students to join them in Y1 every Friday lunchtime,
Combined Cadet Force (CCF):
Open to Years 9 - 13, running Wednesday afternoons at King Edwards School, from 4.00pm - 6.00pm. The CCF is a youth organisation which aims to teach practical skills such as map and compass reading, adventure training, military and survival skills and first aid. It also offers opportunities to develop valuable life qualities such as leadership, resourcefulness, self-reliance and endurance. Please see Mr Matheson for further details.
Lunchtime Chess Club:
All levels welcome, please come along for a game, to watch or pick up tips.
Year 7 pupils and Year 12 and 13 students, please join Mr Anstey in B5 on Monday lunchtimes, 12.15pm - 1.15pm. Pupils in Years 8,9,10 and 11, please join Mr Anstey in B5 on Monday lunchtimes 1.15pm to 2.15pm.
Climbing Wall Club:- Fee paying activity
Everyone is welcome; we meet on Tuesday after school by the climbing wall at 3.30pm to 5.00pm. Climbing club novices or experienced climbers are welcome, equipment provided, but bring loose fitting jogging pants or trousers (not jeans), T-shirts, jumper and trainers. We use the wall, and when possible go further afield and climb or abseil outdoors. A fee of £20.00 will be charged for the upkeep of equipment. Please see Mr Murphy, in Art for further information.
Debating and Public Speaking - 'Beechen Orators':
Years 8 and upwards are welcome to take part in this lunchtime club, 1.15pm to 2.15pm on Mondays in Lincoln Room- English Block.
A diverse range of subjects are debated in what is a lively and sociable society. All will develop the ability to talk knowledgably about issues they feel strongly about and learn how to argue in a persuasive and cogent style. The society aims to compete strongly in external competitions, where pupils and students will get the opportunity to impress speakers from other schools with their rhetorical prowess! Please see Mr West and Mr Saunders for further information.
Years 12 and 13 please join Mrs Davis from 12.15pm – 1.10pm in Lincoln Room – English Block on Mondays.
Duke of Edinburgh training:
This popular voluntary activity programmes with four sections: a Volunteering, Physical, Skills and a Team Expedition (a Residential for Gold) with activities chosen to suit your individual interests. Everyone in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 welcome. Please see Mr Brewer or Mrs Denning for further information regarding training for this.
French Films Club:
Mrs Merrett runs this club for Years 10 and 11 on Friday lunchtimes from 1.15pm to 2.10pmin L3 and for Sixth Form students on Thursday lunchtimes 12.15pm to 1.15pm, to watch French films to increase ability to understand French language and increase cultural awareness of France and the Arts. This takes place in Y7.
F1 in Schools:
Year 7 pupils are invited to join Mr Bartlett in Technology on Tuesday afternoons from 3.25pm to 4.30pm. F1 in schools is an internationally recognised competition where pupils are tasked to design and build a gas powered car to a tight list of rules and regulations using CAD (computer aided design) and CAM (computer aided manufacture) equipment. The school won an award for 'Perseverance in the Face of Adversity' last year as the Year 7 team overcame comparatively limited resources and competition from 6th Formers. The pupils spend their time designing a portfolio for presentation at the event along with a 2 minute speech demonstrating their knowledge as well as the design and testing of the car itself.
Food Technology : (starting in the Christmas Term)
Coursework Sessions for Year 11 pupils and Year 12 and 13 students, Tuesday afternoons from 3.30pm to 4.30pm in T5 with Mrs May.
Years 12 and 13 1st/2nd XI squad training runs on Thursday afternoons from 2.00pm – 3.15pm on the 3G with Mr Wilmot.
Hockey: (starts in the Christmas Term)
Training for keen hockey players as well as those looking to take up the sport for the first time. These sessions will help you to improve your hockey ability by combining specific training exercises with competitive gameplay. There will be opportunities for many to represent the School in competitive fixtures. All very welcome.
All hockey training will take place on the Astro with Mr Davenport.
Year 7: Wednesday 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Year 8: Monday 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Year 9: Thursday 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Year 10: Tuesday 1.15pm – 2.15pm
Year 11 and 1st XI: 3.30pm – 4.30pm
Each Friday lunchtime, 1.15pm - 2.10pm in English - Lassman, pupils in Years 8, 9, 10 and 11 will be writing articles and puzzles, eg: Book of the week, top 10 reads, anagrams and local events. Please see Mrs James for further information.
Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils are invited to work together to design and build a robot that will complete a range of challenging tasks. The club encourages a cross-curricular approach using Programming and Control, Design and Technology, Mathematics, Research, Presentation Skills, Strategic Thinking and Teamwork to achieve the aims of the challenge. Regional competition to be held at HP Bristol. This activity takes place on Mondays in T5, 3.30pm - 5.00pm with Mr Bakker in Technology.
Model United Nations:
Model United Nations looks at current problems in the world and debates them from the points of view of different countries. Please see Mr Cruickshank for further information, or come along and join us!
Years 8, 9, 10 and 11: Thursday lunchtimes 1.20pm – 1.50pm in C4
Years 12 and 13: Tuesday lunchtimes 12.40pm – 1.10pm in Y9
This is open to enthusiastic singers in the Sixth Form of any ability. The repertoire ranges from sacred music to pop and jazz. The choir performs at the Presentation Evening, the Christmas Carol Service in Bath Abbey and the annual School Concert. Chamber Choir takes place on Fridays at 12.15pm to 1.00pm in the Music Block with Mr Sillem.
Choir - Junior:
This group sings repertoires from pop songs through to musicals every Thursday from 3.15pm - 3.45pm in the Music Block with Miss Brain.
This is open to all woodwind, brass and percussion players of any ability throughout the School, on Tuesday afternoons 3.30pm - 4.15pm in the Recital Room with Mr Calvert. The repertoire ranges from original works through to popular arrangements. This is the biggest school ensemble and it is usually the headline act at the School Concert!
Mrs Nourse invites all string players, guitarists, accordionists, whistle players etc of any ability in all Years to join the Folk Group on Thursday afternoons, 3.30pm - 4.15pm in the Music Block. This dynamic group is in demand both at School and playing at events in the wider community.
Mr Clark welcomes guitarists of Grade 2 and above from all Years to join his guitar ensemble which takes place on Monday at 3.30pm - 4.15pm with Mr Clark in the Music Block. We play a wide range of music from 16th Century lute music to rock classics. The guitar group perform at the carol service in Bath Abbey and also at the School Concert in March.
Year 7 Orchestra:
This ensemble is for Year 7 musicians of any ability from beginning through to advanced. It is a good opportunity for new pupils to get involved in the musical life of the School. The repertoire ranges from classical to pop with a focus on improving ensemble skills. This is held on Monday lunchtime 12.15pm - 12.45pm in the Music Block with Mr Calvert.
An ensemble for percussionists of any year and ability on Fridays at 3.30pm - 4.15pm in the Music Block with Mr Brian. This group performs in the annual School Concert.
This ensemble mainly focuses on classical arrangements but has also performed some more modern music and is open to all string players who are Grade 1 and above. In recent years, some of our pupils and students have written music for the group to great acclaim. The group performs at the annual School Concert. The ensemble welcomes all years to play on Wednesday after school 3.30pm - 4.15pm in the Music Block with Mrs Nourse.
This ensemble is open to Sixth Form saxophonists. The repertoire extends from classical through to pop and jazz arrangements. The group performs in the annual Music Concert and assemblies and meet weekly on Tuesday lunchtime at 12.45pm - 1.15pm with Mr Morgan in the Music Block.
This ensemble is open to all year groups. There is an informal audition. Players will be expected to have reached at least Grade 3 standard. The group regularly performs in assemblies, school concerts and the wider community. Swing Band members meet on Wednesday after school at 3.30pm - 4.15pm in the Music Block with Mr Daniels.
Philosophy Film Club:
Miss Crosweller invites pupils in Years 10, 11, 12 and 13 a chance to watch some philosophical films and think about the meaning of life, why we are here, what is real and other light lunchtime conversation on Mondays! Please meet in RSC1 from 1.15pm - 2.15pm.
This club is open to all year groups for fun. Pupils will need their own cameras, but anything will do from a phone camera to full DSLR if they have one. Pupils will learn about taking pictures and using Photoshop to enhance them. All years are invited to come and join us on Monday 3.30pm to 4.30pm in Art-Klimt with Mr Murphy
Pistol and Rifle Air Gun Club:
Pupils will be invited by the Headmaster to partake in this activity on Mondays and Fridays from 3.45pm – 5.00pm in the Headmasters Study.
For anyone who enjoys reading and sharing books. During the term we will have the opportunity to read and talk about the books shortlisted for the Carnegie Book Award. Some Reading Group members also become interested in helping as Library Assistants. See you there!
Year 7: Mondays, 12.30pm - 1.15pm in English - Ridley with Mrs Salmon. For anyone who enjoys reading and sharing books. See you there!
Years 8, 9, 10 and 11: Fridays, 3.30pm - 4.00pm in the Library with Mrs Tinkler.
Remote Control Car Club:
All Years are welcome to join, Mondays and Tuesdays 3.30pm - 5.00pm in T1 with Mr Johnson. Formula Schools – An opportunity for students to build and race Radio Controlled cars. They are powered from nitro engines and electric motors. Cars can be assembled from kits, or designed and engineered from scratch, with the chance to compete against other schools at Exeter University for a 4x4 Electric Car Competition.
Rowing now takes place on the river at Minerva Rowing Club, Newbridge. Transport is provided to and from school when a mini bus is available. The boys are taught to scull in singles and coxed quads by British Rowing qualified coaches. They can continue rowing with the school in subsequent years but are encouraged to join Minerva or other local clubs if they want to take it to the next level.
Open to pupils in Years 9 and 10, we row at Minerva Rowing Club on Wednesdays 3.40pm – 5.30pm. please see Mr Mason or Mr M Glanville for further information.
All welcome to join. We look forward to seeing you!
Year 7: Monday and Tuesday 3.30pm – 4.30pm on the Fields with Mr Hawkins
Year 11: Tuesday 3.30pm – 5.00pm on the Fields with Mr Jaggon
Year 12 and 13: Senior Rugby (1st XV/2nd XV)
Tuesday 3.30pm – 4.45pm on the Field with Mr Turner
Thursday 2.00pm – 3.30pm on the Field with Mr Turner
Vital team preparation for members of the school rugby squads
Year 11 (U16) work with Mr Turner in the Gym on Fridays 1.30pm – 2.00pm .Vital team preparation for members of school rugby squads
Rugby – ‘Early Bird’ Rugby Skills Programme – Fee Paying Activity:
A pre-school coaching programme for aspiring rugby players wishing to improve their handling skills, spatial awareness and decision making. Led by external coach Geraint Lewis
Year 8: Thursday morning 7.15am – 8.15am on the 3G / in Sports Hall
Year 9: Wednesday morning 7.15am – 8.15am on the 3G / in Sports Hall
Southwest Shooting Academy – Fee Paying Activity:
This club is for those who enjoy shooting as a hobby or for fun and for any pupil or student who wishes to start the sport of shooting and 'have a go'. We look forward to seeing you! The fee is £35.00 for one weekly session for the term.
Open to all years: Sessions run on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 3.30pm - 5.30pm at the Shooting Range with Major Brigitte Yeshim and Sergeant Dave Lee. Please see notice boards and ask Major Yeshim and Sergeant Lee for further details of Introduction and safety courses and SW Shooting Academy Weekend Workshops. Please call them on 07734455494
Saturday morning sessions run from 10.00am – 12.00pm at the Shooting Range. The fee is £5.00 per session.
Years 12 and 13, meet Mr Markall at the Courts on Thursday afternoons 2.15pm – 3.15pm for Sixth Form Open Practice.
Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. The Ten Tors Competition is an annual event that takes place on Dartmoor during mid-May.
Teams of six are required to complete a journey of 35 (Bronze), 45 (Silver) or 55 (Gold) miles, carrying full kit, including overnight camping equipment during a 34-hour period. This is a very demanding challenge which begins with classroom training in Autumn, initial day walks in January culminating in hard core walking over several weekends from February. Please see Mr Brewer and Mr Stewart for details.
25th January 2014 - Training on the Mendips
8th February 2014 - Training on the Black Mountains
8th – 9th March 2014 - Dartmoor 1
29th – 30th March 2014 - Dartmoor 2
26th – 27th April 2014 - Dartmoor 3
9th, 10th & 11th May 2014 - Expedition/Challenge
All years are invited to join Mr Saunders on Tuesdays at the Games Workshop, Bath, from 3.30pm to 5.00pm. Inviting members new and old - we have plenty of miniatures and scenery, so do try and come along. Everyone is welcome Looking forward to seeing you!
Weight Training Club:
Years 10, 11, are invited to come to the Fitness Suite, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1.15pm - 2.00pm with Mr Hawkins to use the treadmill, rowing machine and weights to help improve your fitness.
Strength and Conditioning - Fee Paying Activity:
Mr T Stayt invites pupils and students to attend this activity, held in the Fitness Suite for the following Year groups:
Year 10: Monday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the Fitness Suite
Tuesday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the Fitness Suite
Year 11, 12 and 13: Monday - 1.15pm to 2.10pm
Tuesday - 12.15pm to 2.10pm