Before School, Lunchtime and after School Clubs and Activities

Please note clubs may be subject to change at short notice and the following list is a guide.

Our Library is open every day for pupils and students to read, undertake homework and study. 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. 

Library Club runs from 8.00am until 2.30pm and 3.30pm - 4.00pm with Mrs Leonardo.


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.

Breakfast:
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?

Art Clubs:

Art Club - This club runs during Terms 1 - 6 inclusive. All Years welcome, Wednesday from 3.25pm - 4.15pm with Miss Holloway in Dali Art Room. Come along and join us!

Badminton runs during Terms 1 - 4:
Different sessions running for different year groups below:

Year 9: Monday lunchtime 1.15pm - 2.10pm in the Sports Hall

Years 10 and 11: Wednesday lunchtime 1.15pm - 2.10pm in the Sports Hall

All abilities welcome to join Mr Shaw. See you there!

Basketball runs during Terms 1 - 4:
Open to all years, running on different days:

Year 7: Monday 3.30pm - 4.10pm in the Sports Hall

Years 8 & 9: Thursday 1.15pm - 2.15pm in the Sports Hall

Years 10 & 11: Tuesday 1.15pm - 2.15pm in the Sports Hall

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.

Board Games Club runs during Terms 1 - 6:
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 groups below are invited to join Mrs Leonardi in the English Block:

Years 8, 9, 10 & 11: Tuesday lunchtime 1.30pm to 2.10pm in the English Block

Combined Cadet Force (CCF) runs during Terms 1 - 6:
Open to Years 9 - 13, running Wednesday after school 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.

Chess Club runs during Terms 1 - 6:
All levels welcome, please come along for a game, to watch or pick up tips. Years groups listed below are invited to join Mr Anstey:

Year 7, 12 & 13: Thursday lunchtime 12.15pm - 1.15pm in B4/B5

Years 8, 9, 10 and 11: Thursday lunchtime 1.15pm - 2.15pm in B4/B5

Climbing Wall Club runs during Terms 3 - 6:
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 for further information.

Codebreaking Club runs during Terms 1 - 2:
If you want to learn more about all sorts of ciphers and codes, then come along!  Meeting once a week, we will explore a range of codebreaking techniques and enter the National Cipher Challenge.  Please see Mr Gill for further information. All Years are welcome!

All Years are welcome to join Mr Gill on Thursday 3.30pm - 4.30pm in C2.

Computer Programming Club runs during Terms 1 - 6:
Pupils and students in all years are invited to join Mr Reeves and Mr Gill on Friday afternoons from 3.30pm - 4.45pm in C1. Come along if you would like to hone your Python Skills or if you are just keen to learn a bit!

Cricket runs during Terms 5 - 6:
Different sessions runs for different Year groups. Days and times will be given during these terms.

Debating and Public Speaking - 'Beechen Orators' runs during Terms 1 - 6 inclusive for Years 8 - 11 and Terms 1 - 4 for Sixth Form Students:
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 below for sessions running for different Year groups.

Years 8 - 11 are welcome to take part in this lunchtime club, 1.15pm to 2.15pm on Mondays in Lincoln Room- English Block. Please see Mr West for further information.

Years 12 and 13 are welcome to take part in this lunchtime club, 12.15pm to 1.10pm on Mondays in the English Block. Room will be confirmed by Mrs Davis.`

Duke of Edinburgh training runs during Terms 1 - 6:
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 Young, Mrs Denning or Mr Brewer for further information regarding training for this.

Year 9 Duke of Edinburgh Training - Bronze: 5th - 6th June 2015 for Pre-expedition and 19th June - 20th June 2015 for the expedition.

Year 10 Duke of Edinburgh Training - Silver: 15th May - 16th May 2015 for training.

Years 11, 12 & 13 Duke of Edinburgh Training - Gold: 30th - 31st January 2015 for training, 12th June to 13th June 2015 for Pre-expedition and 11th July - 27th July 2015 will be the trip to the Pyranees.

4 x 4 in Schools Club runs during Terms 1 - 6:
Open to Years 7, 8 and 9 in T6 with Mr Bartlett on a Tuesday after school from 4.15pm to 5.00pm.
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 Sessions will run during Terms 1 - 6 for all Years. Mrs Roberts will run a series of themed activities eg: Food for sports and sporting events, Christmas cookery etc.  As events are communicated, any pupils who see an activity of interest are invited to sign up with Mrs Roberts.  Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Sessions will run from 3.25pm - 4.25pm in T3.

Football training runs during Terms 1 - 4 inclusive:
All keen footballers are welcome. Training will effectively do some pre-season training, before pupils play fixtures.

Year 8: Wednesday 3.30pm - 5.00pm on the 3G with Mr Appleton.

Years 11, 12 & 13: 3.30pm - 5.00pm on the 3G with Mr Walker.

Formula 1 in Schools Club runs during Terms 1 - 6 inclusive:
Year 7 pupils are invited to join Mrs Hawkins in Technology, Tuesdays 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.

French Films Club runs during Terms 1 - 6:
Mrs Merrett runs this club for pupils and students to watch French films to increase ability to understand French language and increase cultural awareness of France and the Arts. This takes place:

Years 10 and 11: Friday lunchtime 1.15pm - 2.10pm in L3

Years 12 and 13: Thursday lunchtime 12.15pm - 1.15pm in Y7

Hockey Club runs during Terms 1 - 4:
Training for keen hockey players and 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. Please see Mr Davenport for further details.

Year 7: Thursday 3.30pm - 4.30pm on the Astro

Year 8: Tuesday 3.30pm - 4.30pm on the Astro

Year 9: Monday 1.15pm - 2.15pm on the Astro

Year 10: Tuesday 1.15pm - 2.15pm on the Astro

1st XI: Thursday 1.15pm - 3.15pm on the Astro.

Journalism Club runs during Terms 1 - 6:
Each Wednesday lunchtime, from 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.  This will be published in the Wednesday Letter. Please see Mrs James for further information.

Judo is a fee paying club for pupils in Years 7, 8 & 9:
Please sign up for this activity via ParentPay. An external coach will take this club for pupils in Years 8 & 9 on Monday afternoons 3.30pm - 4.30pm in the Main Hall.

Lego Robotics runs during Terms 1 - 4:
Year 9 and 10 pupils are invited to work together to design and build a robot that will complete a range of challenging tasks on Monday in T5 from 3.25pm - 5.00pm with Mr Bakker.

Pupils 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.

Maths Help sessions for 6th Form students: All students requiring help or support with Maths are invited to join Mr Gill in M4 on Wednesday after school from 3.30pm - 4.30pm.

Musical Activities:

Concert Band runs during Terms 1 - 6 :
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!

Folk Group runs during Terms 1 - 6 :
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.

Guitar Ensemble runs during Terms 1 - 6 :
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 to 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 runs during Terms 1 - 6:
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 Wednesday lunchtime 12.15pm - 12.45pm in the Music Block with Mr Calvert.

Percussion Ensemble runs during Terms 1 - 6:
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.

Rock Choir runs during Terms 3 - 6:
A new ensemble which focuses on a choice of music promoted by the pupils. All pupils and students are invited to join us after school on Monday in the Recital Room from 3.30pm - 4.15pm. Please see Mrs Nourse for further information.

String Ensemble runs during Terms 1 - 6:
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.

Swing Band runs during Terms 1 - 6:
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.

Netball Training runs during Terms 1 - 6:
This takes place on the Tennis Courts for Sixth Form students with Mrs de Glanville and Ms Milland, Wednesday afternoons from 2.15pm until 3.15pm. Training sessions enable students to develop their netball skills and to practise as a team in preparation for competitive matches. This is an enrichment activity.

Philosophy Film Club runs during Terms 1 - 5:
Miss Crosweller invites pupils in Years 8, 9 and 10 to join her in RSC1, Monday lunchtimes 1.15pm - 2.15pm. A chance to watch some philosophical films and have the opportunity to take part in a competition later in the year to win philosophical prizes.  Bring lunch with you.

Philosophy Club runs during Terms 1 - 2: open to pupils in Year 7 on Tuesday lunchtimes 12.30pm - 1.10pm in the RSC with Miss Netto. A club to discuss philosophical topics and issues including the BIG life questions and current events.  This is a chance to develop some key skills in a fun and interesting way, led by the pupils who attend.  There will be a weekly prize for philosopher of the week.  Bring lunch with you.

Pistol and Rifle Air Gun Club runs during Terms 1 - 6:
Pupils will be invited by the Headmaster to partake in this activity. The sessions run on a Monday and Wednesday 3.30pm - 5.00pm in the Headmaster's Study. Year 7 pupils who have expressed an interest in shooting are invited to two specified ‘slots’ in the Autumn Terms.  Pupils are introduced to pistols and rifles (.22 and .177)

Reading Groups runs during Terms 1 - 6:
Year 7 Reading Group is for anyone who enjoys reading and sharing books.  During terms 5 & 6 we will be reading the books shortlisted for the Carnegie Book Award.

Year 7: Monday lunchtimes from 12.30pm - 1.00pm in the Library with Mrs Salmon. For anyone who enjoys reading and sharing books.  See you there! 

Pupils in Year 8 upwards who enjoy reading and sharing books are invited to join us to read the books shortlisted for the Carnegie Book Award during Terms 5 & 6 and prepare for the Battle of the Books Competition.

Years 8, 9, 10, 11: Friday after school from 3.30pm - 4.00pm in the Library with Mrs Salmon.

Rocket Club runs during Terms 1 and 2:
Pupils in Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 are invited to join Mr Seal in S4/T5 on Thursday afternoons 3.30pm - 4.30pm. This is an opportunity for all pupils to study, design, build and launch model rockets.  Some will also have the opportunity to represent Beechen Cliff in the National Rocketry Challenge.

Rowing Club runs during Terms 3 - 6 inclusive:
Open to Years 12 and 13, Thursday afternoon 2.15pm to 4.00pm at Minerva Rowing Club with Mr Mason and Mr M Glanville.

Rugby training for Years 7 and 8 runs during Terms 1 - 2:
Everyone is welcome to join, different details for different Year groups listed below. We look forward to seeing you there!

Year 7: Tuesday and Wednesday after school 3.40pm - 4.45pm/5.00pm. Please meet at the Lower Changing Rooms/Fields with Mr Hawkins, Mr Quintin and Mr Davenport.

Year 8: Monday 3.30pm - 5.00pm. Meet on the fields with Mr Sayers and Mr Withy.

Year 9: Tuesday 3.30pm - 5.00pm. Meet on the fields with Mr Sumsion and Mr Gill.

Year 10: Tuesday 3.30pm - 5.00pm on the fields with Mr Macdonald and Mr Jaggon.

Year 11: Wednesday 3.30pm - 5.00pm on the fields with Mr Abbot and Mr Jones.

Senior Rugby training for Years 11, 12 & 13 runs during Terms 1& 2.
Vital training sessions for members of the 1st and 2nd XV squads.  Technical and tactical preparation for the busy season.

Years 11, 12 & 13: Tuesday and Thursday 3.30pm - 5.00pm on the 1st XV pitch with Mr Turner.

Rugby 'Early Bird' Rugby Skills Programme. This is a fee paying activity which runs during Terms 1 and 2.
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: Wednesday 7.15am - 8.15am on the fields

Year 9: Thursday 7.15am - 8.15am on the fields

Rugby Training - Year 10 lineouts/lifting will run during Terms 5 and 6:
All Year 10 forwards - preparing for the introduction of lifting in Year 11. Days and times of sessions will be given in Terms 5 & 6.

Rugby Training - Pre season runs during Terms 5 and 6 for Years 10, 11, 12 and 13:
Anyone wanting to maintain their skills and fitness in the off season, in preparation for next year's 1st and 2nd XV's. Days and times of sessions will be given in Terms 5 & 6.

Spanish Club runs during Terms 1 - 2:
Come and join the Spanish Club to learn Spanish and cultural facts in an informal and fun way!  It doesn’t matter whether you do Spanish or not!  Hasta la Vista! Pupils in Years 8 & 9 are invited to join Mr Bonilla Herraro in the Language Rooms, Monday lunchtimes 1.15pm - 1.45pm.

Southwest Shooting Academy - All Years - Fee paying Activity runs during Terms 1 - 6:

Year 7: Tuesday lunchtime 12.20pm - 1.15pm. 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 £20.00 for one weekly session for the term. Please call Brigitte Yeshim on 07752365215 for further information.

All Years are welcome to take part on Monday evenings 6.00pm - 8.00pm at the Shooting Range with Brigitte Yeshim on 07752365215.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 10 weeks.

Southwest Shooting Academy - Saturday Club -All Years - Fee paying Activity runs during Terms 1 - 6:
This session runs from 10.00am - 12.00 noon each Saturday. The fee is £35.00 for one weekly session for 10 weeks. Please telephone BrigitteYeshim on 07752365215 for further information.

Table Tennis Club runs during Terms 3 - 4:
For those who are interested in learning or improving their game, tactics, umpiring and techniques for better play. All pupils will have the chance to take the English Table Tennis Association’s ‘Junior Umpire Award’.  The Sport leaders UK Awards (formally CSLA), Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Young Officials Award and TT Networker – Table Tennis Youth Leadership Award. Mr Montano will give details during these terms.

Tennis Club runs during Terms 5 & 6:
A good chance to practice your tennis skills and prepare for fixtures.  All are welcome and team players are expected to attend. Details will be given during the terms.

tt-tennis Fee Paying club runs during Terms 1 & 2 on Tuesday and Fridays at 4.30pm. Please see Mr Markall or the School Website (http://www.beechencliff.org.uk/bcs-tennis-programme.html) for details.

Ten Tors runs during Terms 3 - 5:
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 further details.

24th January 2015 : Training on the Mendips
7th February 2015 : Training on the black Mountains
28th February - 1st March 2015 : Dartmoor 1
21st March - 22nd March 2015 : Dartmoor 2
18th April - 19th April 2015 : Dartmoor 3
8th, 9th & 10th May 2015: Expedition/Challenge

Warhammer runs during Terms 1 - 6 inclusive:
All years are invited to join Mr Saunders on Tuesday afternoons 3.30pm to 5.00pm in Eaves - English Block. Inviting members new and old - we have plenty of miniatures and scenery, so do try and come along.  Everyone welcome!

Weight Training Club runs during Terms 1 - 6 inclusive:
Years 10 and 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 runs during Terms 1 - 6 inclusive:
Mr J Campbell invites pupils and students to attend this fee paying activity, held in the Fitness Suite for the following Year groups:

Year 10:
Monday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the Fitness Suite
Wednesday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm in the Fitness Suite

Year 11, 12 and 13:
Monday - 1.15pm to 2.10pm
Tuesday - 3.30pm to 4.30pm