Sutton Grammar School

Curriculum Enrichment

Here at Sutton Grammar School, we believe that our pupils’ experience should be far more than just academic excellence in lessons leading to examination results. We believe in excellence beyond the curriculum. Curriculum Enrichment is anything which takes place above and beyond a normal school curriculum and will include organised trips, visitors to the school, activities and educational experiences.

Every departmental subject at school offers enrichment opportunities. These can all be found under the departmental pages on this website. Please take time to look at all the opportunities available to the pupils here at Sutton Grammar. Below is the timetable of extracurricular clubs and enrichment activities on offer this term.

Combined Cadet Force

The CCF is a voluntary after-school organisation open to boys in Year 9 and above (with the application open at the end of a boy’s Year 8 time). It offers a tremendous opportunity to engage in some challenging and exciting activities and to understand a little more about the armed services.

The CCF is not a military recruiting organisation. Boys (together with girls from Nonsuch, our partner school) join to take advantage of the activities and training that the CCF offers, not specifically to join the army or RAF. The army and RAF provide good links with us, and boys wear the armed services uniform (multi-terrain patterned combat gear) when on parade or at camps.

The main aim of the CCF is to offer cadets a truly enjoyable and fulfilling experience. Our cadets take to the life of CCF very readily and comment on how much it teaches them in terms of team-work and leadership through the years. Many strong and lasting friendships are formed in CCF and there is no doubt that it is a vibrant and healthy section of the school community.

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The activities are a mix of military and adventurous training. Boys learn how to handle weapons safely, undertake shooting activities, learn about field craft and survival, and most importantly self-reliance and discipline. RAF cadets also get to undertake flying in both powered Tutor planes and gliding. Adventurous training includes trekking, kayaking, climbing and mountain biking, and mostly takes place at the main army summer camp.

The parades are held every Tuesday after school, running from 4pm to 5.30pm. Cadets have the opportunity to attend camps in most of the school holidays. Camps are run in both October and February half terms; an adventurous training trek in the Pennines and Lakes is held every Easter; the main CCF camp is held towards the end of the summer term in Activities Week; RAF summer camps are often held at the beginning of the summer holidays; other weekends, such as leadership training in the Cairngorms for the new U6th cadets, are held throughout the year.

For further information, please visit our website here.

Drama

A selection of photographs from various musical productions.

Grease
Loserville
The Wedding Singer
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme aims to provide young people with the opportunity to have fun, make friends, improve their self-esteem and build confidence. They gain essential skills and attributes for work and life such as resilience, problem-solving, teamwork, communication and drive, enhancing CVs and university and job applications.

In this section, you can find all information regarding the Bronze, Silver and Gold Award Schemes run at Sutton Grammar School.

Bronze Award

It will usually take you at least 6 months to complete your Bronze programme.

  • Volunteering section: 3 months
  • Physical section: 3 months
  • Skills section: 3 months
  • Expedition section: 2 days/1 night

You also have to spend an extra three months on one of the Volunteering, Physical or Skills sections. It’s your choice which one and, though you can change your mind later, you should decide which section you want to do for longer at the beginning. Knowing how long you’re going to do it will help you to choose your activity and set your goals for each section.

SGS Bronze Letter

SGS Bronze Enrolment

Outspark Bronze Enrolment Form

Silver Award

It will take you at least 6 months for Silver if you’ve already achieved your Bronze, or 12 months if you’ve jumped straight into Silver.

  • Volunteering section: 6 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 6 months and the other section for 3 months
  • Expedition section: 3 days/2 nights

If you didn’t do Bronze, you must undertake a further 6 months in either the Volunteering or the longer of the Physical or Skills sections.

Outspark Enrolment Form

Gold Award

For Gold, you’ll need to do your programme for at least 12 months if you’ve achieved your Silver Award, or 18 months if you’ve started at Gold level without doing your Silver – even if you’ve done Bronze. The big difference at Gold is you’ll also do a Residential section – staying away from home for five days and four nights doing a shared activity with people you don’t know.

  • Volunteering section: 12 months
  • Physical and Skills sections: One section for 12 months and the other section for 6 months
  • Expedition section: 4 days/3 nights
  • Residential section: Undertake a shared activity in a residential setting away from home for 5 days and 4 nights.

SGS Gold Letter

SGS Gold Enrolment

Expedition Queries

All queries regarding the expeditions should be directed to Outspark.
Email: alex@outspark.co.uk
Web: www.outspark.co.uk

School Contacts

DofE Coordinator: Mr G Marshall

Law Society

The Law Society is open to all members of the school, in Years 11 and above, who wish to develop their interest in the law, whether or not they intend to study the subject at university.

The group meets after school, on a weekly basis, with members of the Law Society at Greenshaw High School. Throughout the year, members of the society organise various debates and presentations. We also attend public law lectures, at various colleges of London University. Members of the society enter both the Bacon Law essay competition (organised by Corpus Christi College, Cambridge) and the Robert Walker essay competition (organised by Trinity College, Cambridge), as well as the Times Law essay competition.

Students are assisted in their applications to study law at university both with a stock of resources in the school library and also with preparation for the Law National Assessment Test (LNAT).

However, the main event of the society’s year is the Bar National Mock Trial competition, which takes place in November. This is an opportunity to role-play both the prosecution and the defence in a fictitious case but in a real court. Students are prepared for this experience by a qualified barrister and we also visit Kingston Crown Court to see how a real case is conducted.

Music

Want to know what’s on musically in your week? Look no further. Here is a comprehensive list of Music clubs that you can be involved in at SGS:

Monday:

Lunch: A Cappella Group 1pm – 1.40pm (by audition only) ROOM 52 Years 10 – 13 (Mr. Brook) – Room 16

Tuesday:

Lunch: A cappella Choir 1pm – 1.40pm (by audition only) ROOM 52 Years 10 – 13 (Mr. Brook)

After School: Junior Choir 3:45- 4:30pm

STUDIO Years 7-9 (Mr Doherty)

After School: Senior Choir (mixed) 3:45 – 5pm with Sutton High School for Girls Years 10-13 (Mr. Brook)

Wednesday:

Lunch: Jazz Orchestra 1.10 – 1.40pm STUDIO All years (Mr Doherty)

After School: School Orchestra 3.45 – 4.45pm STUDIO All years grade 2 and above (Mr Doherty, Mrs Gunn and Mr. Brook)

Thursday & Friday:

All Days

Lunchtime: Music Production Club

Science Technology Engineering Maths

Challenging pupils to take their learning beyond the standard curriculum, STEM lessons offer a unique opportunity for students to explore new concepts and develop new skills.

In addition to core GCSE STEM learning, Sutton Grammar gives pupils the chance to truly meet their potential in Science, Maths and Engineering. With specialist guidance in year 10 and more freedom to pursue their own interests in year 11, pupils can choose to focus their studies on Biology, Electronics or Maths. At the end of a two-year cycle, all pupils aim to gain a Silver Crest award. In Electronics, pupils may even gain an additional GCSE.

During the sixth form, pupils are encouraged to pursue a more involved project which often includes significant teamwork. These projects often gain Gold Crest awards. Some examples include:

  • APEX- The school’s altitude Photography experiment.
  • Poseidon- An Oceanography-based exploration.
  • Helios- measuring the Solar wind.

The standard of these projects makes Sutton Grammar a National leader in the field. The school regularly achieve awards and recognition for the pupils’ outstanding work.

Art and Photography

The Art Department provides many extra-curricular activities including:

Art Club for Years 7, 8 and 9 every Wednesday at lunchtime and after school. We do all kinds of artwork from sculpting to animation. Students can choose their own projects, finish class work or work on activities directed by their Art teacher.
Photography Club for Year 7 every Tuesday at lunchtime.
Photography Club for Years 8 and 9 every Thursday at lunchtime.
GCSE and A Level students can use the artrooms any lunchtime or after school.

We hang an annual Summer Exhibition that celebrates achievements over the year from all year groups. Various prizes are awarded for classwork and competitions. The House Art competition is held in the Summer term and the House Photography competition is held in the Autumn term.

At KS4 students attend various exhibitions/workshops during their coursework. At KS5 students attend life drawing sessions and many gallery, workshop and site visits are attended as part of the course.

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