Our debating group enables pupils to take a close look at the world around them and current affairs. Pupils not only learn to speak in public but how to articulate a point, reason, and empathise with different points of view and listen to different arguments.
Art Drop - in
The Art school is open and staffed most evenings each week from 6pm until 8.15pm. This enables students to really add depth to their classwork and it gives them the opportunity to sustain work for longer periods. We encourage pupils to develop their own ideas and work to their own strengths. This means there is never a predictable ‘house style’. It promotes individuality and variety; this also means students can learn from each other adding breadth to the scope of ideas.
This club for pupils from year 9 to U6 is made up of half boys and half girls and we’re confident we have the next Carolyn Porco or Carl Sagan amongst us! As well as our brand new observatory and 10" Schmidt-Cassegrian telescope, our location means dark skies make for awe-inspiring viewings. We were excited to be able to view the rare transit of Mercury across the sun in May 2016.
Catteral Choir is a training choir for years 7 & 8 pupils which performs mainly popular music chosen through discussion with the pupils. The choir is open to all pupils in years 7 & 8 and all are encouraged to join in and 'have a go'. The rehearsals are jointly run by staff and a number of sixth form music scholars.
Matthew Wilcock, our Resident Potter leads a ceramics session each week enabling pupils to develop their work with clay and painting onto fired artwork.
The Chapel Choir is undoubtedly the most active ensemble at the school as the group performs anthems and leads the hymn singing every Sunday in either morning or evening chapel. They are also responsible for leading the rest of the school in hymn singing in the shorter Tuesday and Saturday services. On bigger occasions such as Remembrance Sunday and Christmas the choir will play an even more significant role. The choir is open to all pupils from year 9 up and is non-auditioned.
A club for sixth form; three teams of our brightest and best Maths pupils compete nationally to crack ciphers.
Combined Cadet Force
Giggleswick CCF is one of the oldest cadet units in the country. We can trace our origins back over 100 years and celebrated our centenary in 2012 with an inspection visit from HRH The Duke of York. We are fortunate to have three sections – Army, RAF and Royal Marines, with the school one of only eighteen Royal Marines Detachments in the UK. Read more about CCF in our dedicated section here.
The Concert Band brings together the woodwind, brass, percussion players in year 7 to U6 and is made up of approximately forty pupils rehearsing throughout the year. They perform a variety of music ranging from big band scores, modem popular works to foot stomping classic such as ‘The Dam Busters’.
The Band has its own identity and sound, with its motto being ‘we are one band one sound’.
It was a real treat for the Band to perform on acoustically designed, covered and professionally organised venues, with all appreciating the musical difference and nuances that an architecturally designed platform allows.
We run Design Clubs in the afternoons and the evenings and a year 7 and 8 club on Tuesday lunchtimes. We enter annual Technology Tournaments and many pupils undertake very ambitious projects, which they are able to pursue due to the exceptional access and encouragement to excel. Previous projects include the design and manufacture of a bridge across a stream on campus, and a directional sign to imagined worlds for the Sharpe Library.
Opportunities to develop work for public examinations at A Level, As Level & GCSE. In an endeavour to raise the profile and standard of practical examination work, all examination performances are included in the RWT programme and pupils perform on 2-3 nights prior to the examination in front of the school community and the public.
Duke of Edinburgh
It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s different.
Giggleswick encourages participation in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme. Following the Giggleswick Outdoor Pursuits certificate, which is part of the year 9 curriculum, and which covers the expedition element of the Bronze Award, pupils can opt to either complete the Bronze Award or go directly onto Silver and then Gold.
There are many different and valuable aspects of the Award: service to the school and local community, learning a wide variety of physical skills, undertaking an overnight expedition, as well as gaining an extra qualification which is highly regarded by universities and employers.
Electronics & Robotics
The Electronics and Robotics group meet weekly to design, construct and program robots and other novel devices. It is a fantastic way to encourage engagement with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects outside of the classroom in an exciting way.
The objective of the smaller ensembles is to offer an extension and development opportunity. The pupils develop and fine tune their chamber group skills, learn to take musical responsibility and cement a cohesive bond. The smaller ensembles are more suited to performances in the Chapel and can demonstrate aspirational opportunities to younger players. Groups are formed depending on the wishes of the students and have recently included saxophone ensemble, boys and girls acapella groups and a jazz band. We are always open to new ideas and invite students to discuss them with us.
Giggleswick Student Media
Giggleswick Student Media is run by Subject Lead for English, Karen Peacock. With her help, pupils create a range of high quality films which are uploaded to a dedicated YouTube site and receive tutoring in photography. The group's film ‘Be Unique’ was selected to go through to the final of the Into Film Malala Youth Voice Competition. It secured a hundred votes putting it in the top ten of more than fifty entries. Other films have been created and played at a variety of events meaning they have been seen by thousands of people.
Pupils can choose the languages they want to learn and the Teacher-Linguist acts simply as a facilitator. This really helps develop independent research, resilience and determination to succeed.
This class is open to sixth formers and takes place for two hours on a weekly basis. This is an ideal opportunity for students to focus on their observational drawing skills adding tremendous depth to their coursework and also adding breadth to those students applying for art college courses. Pupils also draw alongside other artists from outside school, this also helps to raise pupils aspirations.
Music Scholars' Group
This new group set up in 2016 offers a chance for our top musicians in years 9 to U6 to make music as a collective and explore through a series of extension projects a wider range of music styles than that on offer elsewhere in the curriculum. Projects are run by a range of staff in the department and so far have included such topics as Taiko Drumming and Ceilidh.
The school orchestra works towards performances in the bigger musical events such as Spring Concert and the Christmas Concert (every two years). Players of any orchestral instruments are invited to attend rehearsals with extra support given to the young players.
Outdoor Pursuits plays a key role in life at Giggleswick. The department has had Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Scheme Status since 2004, with five mountain leaders, two winter mountain leaders and five rock climbing instructors within school staff. Over 160 pupils take part in a variety of OP activities. Read more in our dedicated section here.
Race for Life
At Giggleswick, the Race for Life isn’t just a fun charity event, open to all. It gives pupils the opportunity to learn skills needed for planning large scale sports events. With guidance from Physical Education staff, pupils complete risk assessments and plan out the run. They also experience stewarding and marshalling on the day.
Run by our visiting guitar and drum teachers Rock Groups aims to bring together as many musicians as possible, all working towards a rock and pop spectacular held at the end of January in RWT. Singers can offer songs which they perform either with the staff band or fellow pupils. Pupils also have the opportunity to work back stage on lighting and sound as well as stage management.
‘Schola' is the school’s chamber choir for the very best choristers. Anyone above year 9 is invited to attend a taster rehearsal but full membership is gained through audition. The size is limited to twenty members including staff. Schola specialize in acappela works and will perform at various chapel events throughout the year. They will also travel to perform at services in various local churches and cathedrals.
Science Club is for pupils in year 7 & 8 and also provides a platform for A-level pupils to experience teaching by helping to organise and run activities. Designing a fire extinguisher and creating a carbon dioxide powered rocket are two examples Science Club activities.
The Senior School Production provides all pupils from year 9 to U6 the opportunity to take part in a show which adopts professional production values. The production team work tirelessly to create theatre which aspires to professional standards. The reputation of the department and the sustained quality of work produced, means that pupils perform to sold out auditoriums. We attract audiences from far and wide keen to re-acquaint themselves with the quality of work the school produces.
A key feature of our programme is the provision of performance opportunities for as many pupils as possible. Last year over 60% of the school were involved in performance. Each year pupils in years 9, 10 & 11 are given the chance to audition and take part in the Shakespeare Schools Festival. Working alongside staff directors, pupils will produce a thirty minute Shakespeare piece which is performed in the RWT before transferring to a professional venue in Leeds, Lancaster or Manchester.
Year 7 & 8 Production
A show aimed at providing our younger pupils with performance opportunities in the RWT. All year 7 & 8 pupils are provided with their own showcase at the end of the summer term. This alternates between a musical and theatrical piece performed in the RWT for parents and general public.
345 has been running since before Mr Davies, who currently runs the club, was born! It provides fun and entertainment on a Saturday night for all boarders in y9, 10 & 11. We also run trips on many Sundays to places such as to Blackpool Pleasure Beach and the Trafford Centre.
Saturday nights are anything from a film night, disco, quiz or a BBQ.