As many visitors to the school comment, the range of activities is a real strength of Bilton Grange. After school clubs are available from Year 2 upwards, and the children are keen to participate. Our location in the UK, near a variety of excellent outdoor venues together with our own idyllic 90 acres of wild gardens and parkland, ensures that we can offer our pupils a truly outstanding range of extra curricular activities.
The options and activities available change through the year but include:
Parents/carers can be confident that students will receive a comprehensive, well structured and relevant education in Classical Ballet. Dancers will achieve goals through examinations and assessment awards. Learning dance is fun and will develop a child’s stamina, physical, creativity, expression and musical skills. Students are taught according to safe teaching principles and when they have reached the required standard, they are guided and evaluated through progressively structured and graded examinations and assessments.
The sport of fencing is an elegant, prestigious and modern combative sport based on tradition. It’s a challenge both physically and tactically between two opponents. It reflects the success qualities, which are important to contemporary young people who seek a challenge to both body and mind through an effective blend of patience and determination, discipline and competitiveness.
The school club will initially focus on Epee, which is a thrusting weapon meaning points are scored with the tip of the weapon only. In Epee, the whole body is the target, so a great deal of thought and timing has to go into both attack and defence, with footwork being key.
Fencing is a great sport for boosting your body’s health and fitness through mentally demanding yet fun exercise. Here’s our quick introduction to the health and fitness benefits of fencing exercise. The health benefits of fencing include both physical and mental gains. The most direct health benefit of fencing is the exercise component of the sport. Each fencing session is a full-body workout and challenges muscles ranging from those in the feet and lower legs all the way up to the neck, shoulders and arms. Fencing places a number of physical fitness demands on its participants. The sport develops fitness, agility, speed, strength, coordination, balance and timing. Physical ability is just as important is having a strong mental edge. It involves the analysis of strategy, tactics and psychological control, as well as mental awareness, coordination, strength, balance, dexterity and aerobic fitness. The amazing tactical complexity of modern fencing has earned the sport of fencing the nickname “Physical Chess with speed of light”.
Children of all abilities can participate in horse riding as part of our Options programme. Learning about taking care of horses develops in children empathy and responsibility. Those who progress on to develop this option as a personal hobby can expect to develop good reflexes, an improved sense of balance and coordination as riding engages nearly all muscles to control and push the horse forward. Horse riding has many benefits from cardio and strength improvement to providing relaxation whilst out on a hack as the proximity to nature develops in children an tuning an appreciation of the seasons and wildlife that surrounds them.
We offer Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Brownies and Guides on site. Children as young as six can join our Beaver Colony and as young as seven for Cubs and Brownies.
Scouting and Guiding gives children confidence, responsibility and a broader set of friends. Scouting and Guiding can help develop your child’s social skills and encourage self-sufficiency. Scouting and Guiding introduces children to a world of new opportunities, challenges and fun. Children go along to camps, holidays, day trips and sleepovers. They get together with their friends at regular meetings where they learn new hobbies, get creative, explore other cultures and have outdoor adventures.
Fancy learning to scuba dive? Maybe you’ve been inspired by Blue Planet Live? You can learn to Scuba dive with qualified instructors in our own 25m pool. You will learn the basics of scuba diving
You will learn basic diving skills.
With our own shooting range children are offered the opportunity to try their hand at the technical sport of air rifle shooting. Shooting demands stability, calmness and micro-coordination. It is an excellent preparation for those children heading to senior schools where there is an opportunity to join the Combined Cadet Force which provides an environment in which pupils can acquire leadership skills, team working capabilities and camaraderie through discipline, service and adventurous activities.
There are many social, physical and psychological benefits of taekwondo for children. This discipline requires perseverance, teaches core values and provides great advantages in return.
Contrary to popular belief, this sport is not violent, nor does it encourage aggression. It does not even require great strength to practice. Taekwondo is also a very technical discipline, which helps children learn how to control their body. It provides complete training, giving social and psychological value. Taekwondo is a thousand year-old combat sport or martial art of Korean origin. It stands out for a variety of techniques that use the hands, feet, elbows, fists and even knees. It represents an entire philosophy based on five principals: courtesy, integrity, perseverance, self-control and indomitable spirit.