Clubs & Societies

Giggleswick prides itself on the breadth of its co-curricular programme, with a wealth of opportunities available, offering students amongst other things the chance to develop or enhance their communication, presentation, teamwork and leadership skills. The range of activities caters for intellectual, physical and spiritual development with students able to choose anything from kit car building, debating, astronomy, video and media to climbing and MUN (Model United Nations). Music, drama and sport contribute significantly to the co-curricular programme, providing students with many performance opportunities, be they on a national stage as a member of the Shakespeare Schools’ cast, an act in the annual Rock Concert or representing their school in a sporting team.

 

All Talk

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form 
Take a closer look at current affairs and at the world around you with our specialist debating club. You 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 Club

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Open daily, the Art department encourage you to develop your own ideas and work to your own strengths. It promotes individuality and variety. This also means you can learn from your peers adding breadth to the scope of ideas. 

Astronomy Club

Year Groups:  9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
As well as our newly refurbished observatory in the grounds of the school and our 10” Schmidt-Cassegrian telescope, our location means dark skies make for awe-inspiring viewings.

Badminton 

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
An introduction to the great game of badminton for our junior school pupils. Learn all about the game, including badminton rules and skills and improve your technique on court through matches and practice sessions.

Band Academy  

Year Groups: 7, 8
If you’re a music enthusiast and enjoy performing within a group then Band Academy is for you! This club is a fantastic way for you to learn new skills from professional visiting music teachers.

Basketball Club  

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Shoot some hoops and practice your alley-oops! Our superb indoor court is the perfect place to have fun and develop your game. Enjoy specialist training, pick up new tips and hone you skills in team games.

Beginners Greek 

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Whether you’re a lingusistic enthusiast or simply like the idea of broadening your knowledge this is a club for you! Take your first steps into the study and learning of the Greek language.  

Catteral Choir

Year Groups: 7, 8
Catteral Choir is a training choir performing mainly popular music chosen through discussion with you and your music peers. The rehearsals are jointly run by staff and a number of sixth form music scholars. 

CCF

Year Groups:  10, 11, Sixth Form
Giggleswick CCF has been well established for over 100 years, making it one of the oldest cadet units in the country. Gain insight and experience from our three sections – Army, RAF and Royal Marines, with the school one of only eighteen Royal Marines Detachments in the UK.

CCF Shooting Club  

Year Groups: 10, 11, Sixth Form
Take part in .22, 5.56mm and clay pigeon shooting.  You will even get to enter a variety of competitions over the year. 

Ceilidh Band 

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
If you enjoy playing country dance music then Ceilidh Band will be perfect for you. We have an accordion and fiddles, with piano and drums, and woodwind players are encouraged to join too. 

Ceramics

Year Groups: 7, 8
Get creative and learn to craft and design with ceramic materials. Our Resident Potter leads a ceramics session each week enabling pupils to develop their work with clay and painting onto fired artwork.

Chapel Choir

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Undoubtedly the most active ensemble at the school the Chapel Choir performs anthems and leads the hymn singing weekly at chapel. On bigger occasions such as Remembrance Sunday and Christmas the choir will play an even more significant role.

Cipher Challenge

Year Groups: Sixth Form
Our brightest and best Maths pupils compete as a team in Cipher Challenge, a national code-breaking competition, testing their ability to think outside the box and crack ciphers in the fastest time possible.

Climbing Club  

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
With our qualified and experienced staff and access to 34 crags around the school, Giggleswick is the perfect location for climbers of all levels to learn and develop key climbing skills. We also have an indoor climbing wall for practising all year round. 

Computing Club 

Year Groups: 7, 8
Expand your computer knowledge by going beyond the confines of the classroom. This club is a great way to explore Computing resources such as robotics, hacking minecraft, programming Lego, further exploration of MIcro:bits and an introduction to Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontrollers. 

Concert Band

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
The Concert Band brings together the school’s woodwind, brass and percussion players. They perform a variety of music ranging from big band scores, moderm popular works to foot stomping classic such as ‘The Dam Busters’.

Craft Club

Year Groups: 7, 8
A chance to get creative and try a selection of crafts. Try your hand at collage, felt making or decoupage and create a mini masterpiece with anything from beads, sequins and fabrics to cardboard, paints and glue.

Cricket Club 

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Our expert coaches are on hand to help you build your cricket skills and develop your game all year round. Improve your technique with bat and ball through a variety of games, drills and video analysis. Players of all abilities welcome.

Design Club

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Our daily Design Clubs’ enable pupils to enter annual technology tournaments and undertake ambitious projects. 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. 

Drama Clinics

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Drama clinics provide pupils with opportunities to develop work for public examinations. To raise the profile and standard of practical examination work, all examination performances are included in the Richard Whiteley Theatre programme.

Duke of Edinburgh

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
It’s fun, it’s challenging, it’s different. Giggleswick encourages participation in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. Following the Giggleswick OP certificate, pupils can opt to either complete the Bronze Award or go directly on to Silver and then Gold.

Electronics and Robotics

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
The Electronics and Robotics group meet weekly to design, construct and program robots and other novel devices. It is a fantastic way for you to engage with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) subjects outside of the classroom in an exciting way.

Enrichment Programme 

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Our Enrichment Programme encompasses a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. From entering a host of nationwide competitions and conducting a wide range of cultural and academic trips, to encouraging the study of MOOCs and even additional GCSEs.

EPQ

Year Groups: Sixth Form
An opportunity to discuss or refine any aspect of your EPQ (Extended Project Qualification). The EPQ provides pupils with a great opportunity to develop independent research and enquiry skills, which are highly valued by universities.

Flute Group  

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
An opportunity to play, practise and perform with other flute players. A great way to develop your ensemble skills, hone your technique and share tips and advice. Playing music is fine; sharing it is best. 

French Conversation  

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Improve your French speaking skills and develop your confidence in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment. Our foreign languages assistants will help improve your vocabulary, fluency and listening skills in one-to-one and small group discussions.

GetGo

Year Groups: 7, 8
Expand your knowledge, research a project and produce an exciting piece of work to present to staff and other pupils. It’s a great way to develop academic work and learn new skills to take with you to GCSE and A level study.

Giggleswick Student Media

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Develop your photography and videography skills with Giggleswick Student Media. You will get to create a range of high quality films which are uploaded to a dedicated YouTube site and receive additional specific tutoring. 

Golf Club

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Whether you are a complete beginner or a budding professional, our expert instructors cover all aspects of the game. You will be able to learn new techniques and develop them both on the practice ground and on our own golf course.

Gym 

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Keep fit and enjoy your workout in our fantastic new state-of-the-art gym. The fitness centre is open for daily for personal and group training sessions. Includes weights area for strength and conditioning, cardio section for fitness and functional training for core stability and flexibility.

Hockey Club

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Develop your hockey skills in a fun, relaxed and challenging environment. Open to all abilities, our expert coaches will help build your defending, attacking, passing and receiving skills, including tactics and strategies for set pieces, penalty corners and conditioned games.

IELTS  

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
The chance to have extra speaking, reading, writing and listening practice in preparation for the IELTS examination. 

Indoor Football 

Year Groups: 9, 10
Enjoy the beautiful game, whatever the weather, in our fantastic sports hall.

Inspire

Year Groups: 7, 8
An enrichment club for gifted and talented students in Year 7 and 8. Pupils undertake extensive research into a range of subjects and topics, which is enhanced by trips to a range of art galleries and museums.

Junior Media Group

Year Groups: 7, 8
Take your first steps into a world of media, film and photography with Giggleswick Student Media. Learn how to make videos, films, take pictures and edit them.

Kayaking

Year Groups: 7, 8
Weekly sessions in our indoor pool provide the opportunity to learn the basics and master advanced techniques all year round. Trips to local rivers will let you put your skills to the test, with the opportunity to work towards nationally recognised qualifications.

Kit Car Building

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
If you’re passionate about mechanical engineering and cars, this is a club for you! As well as working on construction and mechanics, you will also learn about road safety and advanced driving skills. We’re building a real car!

Languages

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Pupils can choose the languages they want to learn with a teacher or linguist on hand to help. This really helps develop independent study, as well as improving language skills.

Languages Film Night 

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
French, Spanish and German films are shown with English subtitles, so everyone can enjoy the show and improve their language skills at the same time.

Life Drawing 

Year Groups: Sixth Form
An ideal opportunity for young artists 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. 

Makers and Hackers

Year Groups: 10, 11, Sixth Form
Experiment with physical computing, repurpose electronic items or create a part of the “Internet of Things” while improving your coding skills. A combination of computing and basic electronics using Raspberry Pis, Arduino and other microcontrollers.

Model United Nations 

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Do you have a passion for politics? Model United Nations will expand your knowledge and introduce you to the pressures of global politics and the art of negotiation.

Mountain Biking 

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Our wonderful countryside setting will fuel your passion for mountain biking. Learn specialist skills, techniques and control, then put your learning to the test on the School’s bespoke mountain bike trail.  We even have a selection of mountain bikes if you don’t have your own.

Music Ensembles

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Develop and fine tune your chamber group skills, learn to take musical responsibility and cement a cohesive bond. The smaller ensembles will often perform in our Chapel and provide aspirational opportunities to younger players.

Netball Club

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Develop your netball skills and take your game to the next level. Work on your passing, shooting, tactical knowledge and game management as we prepare for fixtures all year round.

O2 

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
At O2 you will get the opportunity to meet, and explore the Word of God, looking at how Christian teachings can be applied in the modern world and what they might mean for us and society.

OP Giggleswick Certificate

Year Groups: 9
A learning programme of outdoor activities including, climbing, mountain biking, caving, kayaking, orienteering, expedition planning and hill walking. Tutored by in-house qualified instructors under our AALS license.

Orchestra

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
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

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Outdoor Pursuits plays a key role in life at Giggleswick. The department has had Adventure Activities Licensing Authority Scheme Status since 2004, with seven mountain leaders, two winter mountain leaders and five rock climbing instructors within school staff.

Oxygen

Year Groups: 7, 8
Meeting weekly at the Chaplains office, Oxygen is a great way to learn about the work of god in a relaxed and social environment; playing games and chatting over tea and cakes.

Paley Society

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11
The Paley Society is for scholars and More Able and Gifted, based on ‘Ways of Knowing’ from the Theory of Knowledge. Pupil knowledge is enriched by trips, visits and guest speakers.

QI

Year Groups: 7, 8
Quite interesting! Come and discover something new and interesting at QI. Broaden your general knowledge by quizzing, watching TED talks and discussing fascinating ideas. Here’s a club to inspire enquiring minds.

Rock Groups

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form

This is a chance for all our senior pupils to learn from our visiting music teachers who play professionally in a number of different rock groups.

Rugby Club 

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Feel part of a team and bond with others in a competitive manner. This club is great for developing skills and athleticism. Whether you are a beginner or experienced team player, there is something for everyone.

Rugby Sevens 

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Take part in Rugby Union’s shorter varient, Rugby Sevens. Seven players per team compete over two Seven minute halves, in this fast-paced and enduring sport. It’s a surefire way to improve your fitness whilst having fun in a thriving team environment.

Saxophone Quartet 

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
If you play the saxophone, here’s an opportunity for you to meet, collaborate, play and perform together with other sax players.

Schola Cantorum

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Schola Cantorum is the school’s elite chamber choir and membership is by invitation only. Upon invitation you will get the opportunity to represent the school in cathedral services and concerts throughout the UK.

Settle and Giggleswick Brass Band 

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
The local brass band meets regularly in our music department and rehearses a wide repertoire to perform at regular concerts around the district. If you are an advanced brass player you are encouraged to join and take part in this community group.

Shakespeare Festival

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11
Working alongside staff directors, you and your fellow pupils will produce a thirty minute Shakespeare piece which is performed in the Richard Whiteley Theatre before transferring to a professional venue in Leeds, Lancaster or Manchester.

Spanish Conversation

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Improve your Spanish conversational skills and develop your confidence in a relaxed, fun and friendly way. Our foreign languages assistants will help improve your vocabulary, fluency and listening skills in one-to-one and small group discussions. 

Speed and Mobility Training 

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
This specialist training group will provide you with a tailored training programme to help improve coordination, agility, speed, power and specific sports skills. Great training for all sports, helping to give that all-important competitive edge. 

Squash

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Be quick, be agile and have fun playing this fast-paced game. Hone your skills, build your fitness and play competitions on our dedicated squash courts.

STEM Club  

Year Groups: 7, 8
A fun and exciting way to explore Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects beyond the confines of the classroom.

Strength and Conditioning 

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Improve your performance in any sport through a combination of strength training, aerobic conditioning and functional movement. Time spent in these sessions will really progress your development from player to performance athlete.

Swimming

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Take the opportunity to swim and train in our own indoor pool. You can also choose to join Settle Stingrays swim club to train and compete at a district and regional level.

Taekwondo

Year Groups: 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Take part in one of the oldest martial arts in the world, which offers a combination of exercise, sport and meditation. Learn the specialist self-defence techniques characterized by jumping kicks, spinning kicks, closed and open hand strikes. 

Tennis Club 

Year Groups: 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, Sixth Form
Whether you’re a new or experienced player we have a selection grass, asphalt and indoor courts. We also offer a performance tennis club, highlighting players specific hitting technique and focusing on tactical and technical elements of the game.

Yoga

Year Groups: 7, 8, 11, Sixth Form
Enhance the well-being of your mind, body and soul with a regular yoga session. Relax, unwind and switch off from the demands of your academic studies. For beginners through to experienced practitioners. 

Young Enterprise 

Year Groups: 10, 11, Sixth Form
Our budding business stars have the opportunity to take part in Young Enterprise, a national competition challenging pupils to come up with a business idea and take it to market all with the guidance of a business advisor.