|Pupils also benefit from a very busy and wide-ranging extra-curricular programme. This programme of enrichment affords them the opportunity to develop a range of skills whether in music, sport, drama, art, climbing, film making or Spanish cooking.
A Denstone education offers a balance between academic and extra-curricular commitments. Extra-curricular provision is well-resourced and every week over 100 activities are offered including a full programme of sports, music and drama. These range from EPQ, shooting and orchestra, to plays, specilaist sports coaching and clubs such as motoring enthusiasts and teaching Spanish to Denstone College Preparatory School pupils.
The weekly timetable is arranged to provide time for an extra-curricular session in the afternoon on all days with the exception of Friday, when the whole school meets for the main Chapel service of the week. Monday, Wednesday and Saturdays are the main sports days, with the activities programme running every Tuesday and Thursday.
First and Second Form pupils follow a carousel of activities including cooking, debating, sewing, Judo, climbing, Bushcraft, Chinese calligraphy, robotics, Fives, golf and circuit training to give them an opportunity to try new experiences and to develop new skills.
The College’s dedicated Outdoor Pursuits Instructor (OPI) runs a range of expeditions and pupils are encouraged to work with True Adventure, a two year development programme which culminates in an international expedition of a lifetime. All pupils can experience canoeing, mountain biking, camping and climbing during their time here, and our aim is to inculcate a love of the outdoors through our extensive and wide ranging provision. A good number of pupils achieve Gold, Silver and Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award each year, under the stewardship of the OPI.
The Combined Cadet Force is highly successful and is an important part of the education we provide. It offers plentiful opportunity to develop personal qualities such as leadership, loyalty and team spirit. Our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) teams regularly win Brigade Shooting and Target Rifle competitions and always feature highly in annual camp competitions.
We firmly believe that exploration of the world beyond the classroom yields rewards both academically and in the personal development of pupils, helping them to fulfil their potential as happy and successful members of society.