Every Monday, all boys in the School from the Third Form and above take part in a varied and exciting co-curricular programme designed to provide opportunities for wider experience, for developing self-reliance, leadership and a more mature and responsible attitude to society.
The Third Form take part in an outdoor and expedition training programme for one lesson each week. The training covers a variety of practical skills and provides the opportunity to gain numerous accredited awards. It will also cover the requirements of the expedition section of the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh's Award. The weekly sessions cover: The Bronze National Navigation Award; Level 2 Basic Food Safety and Hygiene Certificate; Expedition Skills including cooking, camp craft, equipment, route planning; Expedition First Aid Course following an accredited syllabus; Air rifle firing; Climbing/team building exercises; An introduction to the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and the use of the online eDofE activity monitoring system.
The five Field Days supplement and support the weekly training and include: Watersports and Team Building; National Navigation Award test, first aid scenarios and cooking consolidation; Participation in a conservation project; Orienteering and mountain biking; and Bronze DofE practice/overnight expedition
In the Fourth Form, the boys opt to join the Combined Cadet Force (Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy), Explorer Scouts or a non-uniformed option. Each group follows a specific programme: for example, the Army section becomes proficient at fieldcraft, the RAF gliding and the RN power boating.
The programme expands in the Fifth and Sixth Forms to encompass many other activities including community service, drama, music, mountaineering and bridge to name a few.
The School believes that this diversity is so important that it dedicates five activity days a year to the extra-curricular activities, known as Field Days. On these days, boys expand upon their Monday activities and as well as numerous visits and activities in the local area can find themselves further afield such as the lifesaving and surfing trips to Cornwall.
Some of the groups also offer trips and expeditions in the holidays both in the UK and overseas including the CCF’s summer and winter training programme in Germany and Austria. The Explorer Scouts have also recently been to Norway as part of their overseas expedition programme.
The School also holds its own licence to offer the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. Boys opt in to complete the Award at all three levels and complete expeditions in the local area, Brecon, Exmoor and the Lake District.