At George Abbot there is a thriving extra-curricular programme across a wide variety of activities. See year group specific timetables below:
Students can access The Gallery library (Years 7 – 9) and the Upper School Info Centre (USIC) (Years 10 – 13) to make use of the facilities available. These venues are supervised. Hours as follows:
- The Gallery is open from 8.00am – 8.30am and each break time.
- USIC is open 8.00am – 5.00pm.
- Homework Club in USIC starting at 3.15pm – 5pm (all years). Exceptions are the last day of each term, when school closes at lunchtime and homework club does not run.
The Wider Curriculum
All students in Years 7-11 follow a planned programme of Personal, Social and Health Education/Citizenship for one lesson a week. Lessons provide opportunities to consider and evaluate knowledge, attitudes and beliefs and develop the skills and understanding necessary for them to be positive, responsible and healthy members of society.
Sex education is provided as part of this programme. It is complementary to, and supportive of, the role of parents and places high value on family life and long term, committed relationships. The course conforms to the current ‘Curriculum Guidelines – Sex Education’ produced by Surrey County Council. Parents are welcome to see materials used and discuss aspects of the course with staff.
Within the Careers Education Programme emphasis is placed on students’ awareness of their own personal skills and qualities in Years 7 and 8. Once the students reach Year 9, the focus is on supporting students making subject choices for Key Stage 4. In Year 10, careers lessons prepare students for the week of work experience they undertake in July. During Year 11, students are made aware of the opportunities available to them post 16 and are encouraged to undertake personal research into courses in further and higher education.
Similar opportunities for work experience, information, advice and guidance are provided in Years 12 and 13. Provision includes a Higher Education Week for students and an evening for parents. Considerable support is given to all students applying for places at universities, further education or the world of work.
The school has a well-equipped Careers Library within the Upper School Information Centre (USIC) where students can access relevant careers information. The school’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) has a careers section containing advice and links to a wide range of resources. Careers guidance is available from the careers staff in school and an outside agency, which works closely with the school.
It is recognised that other areas of the curriculum, extra-curricular activities, relatives and friends all make a valuable contribution to the personal and social development of students. Great importance is attached to extra-curricular activities. A wide range of lunchtime and after school activities are available as well as educational visits both in this country and abroad.
Such activities also provide opportunities for students to experience success in the arts, music, creative and practical fields, in a variety of social activities. Activities include regular concerts, drama and musical productions, and theatre trips. The range of extra-curricular PE activities is extensive and there are strong links with local clubs. Year 12 students are offered the opportunity to take the one year Community Sports Leadership Award course.