What is an Extracurricular Activity?

At Scarisbrick Hall School, we pride ourselves on providing a holistic education for our pupils, allowing them to flourish both academically and personally. Extracurricular activities are an incredibly important element of this mission, as they allow our students to express themselves beyond the classroom. From improving existing skills to learning new ones, extracurricular activities are essential for the personal development of our students.


What is an extracurricular activity?


Extracurricular activities are defined as activity that is undertaken by students outside of the specified curriculum. This definition applies to students of any age, from Reception right up to university education.


Ultimately extracurricular activities refer to any activity that takes places beyond the classroom, and this typically includes arts, employment, sports, clubs and personal commitments.


Extracurricular activities are designed to develop specific talents alongside soft skills, such as teamwork and leadership qualities. Whilst it’s possible to develop these skills within the classroom, extracurricular activities allow students the opportunity to take increased ownership of their development through additional projects.


Why are extracurricular activities important?


There are countless benefits for students who undertake extracurricular activities, regardless of their subject matter. Whether your child takes up acting or makes the football team, the following benefits explain how important it is for students to partake in extracurricular activities.


1. Boosted academic performance


Academic success requires problem solving skills, creativity, critical thinking and a reliable memory. Many extracurricular activities develop these skills in a practical, hands-on manner.


Playing a sport can often require quick thinking to outsmart an opponent, using problem solving skills, whilst taking part in performing arts will always depend on creativity and memory. Research has proven that there is a link between participation in extracurricular activities and improved academic performance. One study - The Impact of Extracurricular Activities On Friends And Academics - took place at Texas A&M University, and proved that extracurricular activities had a positive influence on academic grades.


2. Develop new skills


Even though some activities will build upon existing skillsets, any extracurricular activity will teach your child something new. Developing a skill that isn’t fully explored in the curriculum can often instil an interest in students that sticks with them for life.


Many students find their passion or hobby through extracurricular activities, and in the long-term this can assist them in university applications and selecting the industry they want to work in professionally.


3. Improved social skills


Extracurricular activities often result in students engaging with children they may not know. Socialising with additional students beyond the classroom allows children to meet new friends, understand acceptance and increase their confidence when communicating in groups.


In the classroom, children can become comfortable around the same group of peers. Whilst this is great for working environments, making social connections is a valuable skill that our students will need as they progress through education and later life, so introducing them to this skillset during an activity they enjoy is an excellent way to improve their social awareness.


Extracurricular activities at Scarisbrick Hall School


Scarisbrick Hall School offers a range of extracurricular activities for all age groups, from Reception to Sixth Form. Alongside sports coaching and mentoring, we offer a selection of clubs and various school trips that allow our students to develop into confident, well-rounded individuals.


Dance tuition


Dance is a powerful and expressive subject that encourages our students to develop their creative, physical, emotional, and intellectual capacities.


Students at Scarisbrick Hall School are taught to develop and engage more creatively through their dance classes.


Drama tuition


Drama is a highly expressive subject which encourages our students to develop their physical, emotional and intellectual capacity. By focusing on promoting our students' drama skills, our drama faculty develops the confidence our students need to tackle independent learning.


Students at Scarisbrick Hall School have the opportunity to perform in a variety of performances throughout their time at the school including ISA competitions, showcases and school productions.


Music activities


Music has a profound impact on the early learning development of children, which means that music works to support learning across all areas of the school.


We offer private music instruction with specialist tutors covering the following instruments:


  • Woodwind

  • Voice

  • Drums

  • Guitar

  • Strings

  • Percussion

  • Piano

  • Brass


Sport at Scarisbrick Hall


We encourage our students to participate in specialist sports clubs. Scarisbrick Hall School recognises that sports coaching is vital to a well-rounded education and we include specialist sports such as fencing, taekwondo and yoga.


Scarisbrick Hall School believes that, through our specialist sports coaching, there is a sport for every child to enjoy and improve their wellbeing. Our extracurricular sports activities cover a range of sports, including football, netball and rugby.


Visit our website to explore the wide range of extracurricular activities on offer for students at Scarisbrick Hall School. From dance and drama to football and music, our offerings beyond the classroom develop the confidence and maturity of our students.