Never a dull moment! Our extra-curricular programme provides a huge range of activities to help our pupils discover new interests, make new friends, open up new opportunities and, above all, have fun.

We believe that extra-curricular activities are key to a full and rounded education, contribute to physical and mental wellbeing and help our pupils to develop confidence and skills in creativity, communication, time management, leadership, critical thinking and resilience.

An extraordinary array of clubs and societies means there is something for everyone, from coding to garage band, photography to sign language and much more in between.

Enquiring minds can dig deeper into a subject that captures them and engage beyond the curriculum through our clubs. And of course, there is the opportunity to take the lead by joining a committee, running activities for younger pupils or by starting a new club or society.

Clubs meet at lunch time or after school and many of the school buses provide a late service to make taking part easy.

Sports and Fitness

Withington’s sports and fitness clubs encourage a healthy lifestyle and life-long love of physical activity. There is something to inspire everyone, whether their interest is in performance sport, recreation or physical wellbeing.

Performing Arts

There is the opportunity to learn a fantastic range of musical instruments, as well as singing, with our excellent team of peripatetic music teachers. Pupils can join the school orchestra, instrumental ensembles and choir, and one of the school’s legendary performances, either on stage or supporting with costumes, sound and lighting.

Duke of Edinburgh 

From Year 9 onwards, our pupils are encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – a nationally recognised programme that sees pupils volunteering in the community, learning a new skill, getting active and working as a team to complete outdoor expeditions. A large proportion of our pupils participate, working their way through the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. After completing the Gold Award, students are invited to a celebration event at Buckingham Palace.

Day trips and residentials

A programme of day trips and residentials sees our pupils enjoying new experiences throughout their time at Withington, both at home and aboard. Bringing the curriculum to life, trips may include field trips, theatre performances and art gallery or museum tours. Year 7 enjoy the now legendary residential to Ghyll Head and recent international trips include Florida, Costa Rica, Morocco and sports tours to South Africa and the US.

Our partnerships with organisations in the UK and overseas give pupils the opportunity to volunteer and contribute to their local, national and international communities.

Community & Partnerships
Ruth Bayley Competition 2024 Ruth Bayley Competition 2024 Alumna Rachel visits Writers’ Club Alumna Rachel visits Writers’ Club Weaving Workshops Weaving Workshops Feel Fab Feb 2024 Feel Fab Feb 2024 Manchester Harp Festival Manchester Harp Festival An Interview with Lindsay Johnson, our Director of Sport and Former Lioness An Interview with Lindsay Johnson, our Director of Sport and Former Lioness Broadway And Beyond: A Night For The Gambia Broadway And Beyond: A Night For The Gambia GSA Girls Go Gold Conference GSA Girls Go Gold Conference South Africa Sports Tour South Africa Sports Tour Sister Act Sister Act
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