The standard and scale of music is exceptional
and the Ruddock Hall provides a beautiful
venue for musical events, which are done in
collaboration with King Edward VI High School
for Girls (KEHS).
The School’s Symphony Orchestra numbers 90
and plays a very demanding repertoire, which
has recently included Brahms’s
Symphony No. 7
and John Adams’s
. However, there are
12 groups boys can join ranging from a
boys’ choir of 150 to the Swing Band and
There are major concerts at Christmas and
in the spring and summer term, and smaller
concerts and recitals take place throughout
the year. Boys are also regularly chosen to be
members of the National Youth Orchestra or
National Children’s Orchestra.
Drama is as diverse and extensive as music
and there are lots of ways to get involved
through acting, set design, lighting, sound,
publicity and drama clubs, and a full-scale
musical can involve over 100 boys and girls.
Each year there is both a junior and senior
production, run in conjunction with KEHS, and
recent major productions include
The Winter’s Tale
Sport is an integral part of school life and all
boys get the chance to do PE and games
throughout their careers. Sport is also central
to the House system and there are House
competitions in 10 different sports. In total,
there are 18 different sports to play, whether in
a school team or simply for enjoyment.
The major team sports in the winter terms
are rugby and hockey and every boy gets the
chance to play both of these sports in the
first three years. The opportunity to play for
the School is extensive as both rugby and
hockey have more than 15 school teams and
200 fixtures each year. In the summer, cricket,
athletics and tennis are the main options.
However, there are other sports where the
School wins national success on a regular
basis, in particular water polo and badminton.
In all of these sports we have coaches of
a very high level, including Olympic and
Boys can also take part in archery, basketball,
cross-country, fencing, golf, martial arts,
sailing, squash, swimming, table tennis and
volleyball, competitively or for enjoyment, and
clubs are run for all abilities.
Academic achievements matter but so do other experiences. This school is about activity and enjoyment and the
sharing of life with others. These activities breed confidence, relationships and resilience. That’s why we strive to
have the widest range of activities, so that every boy can find at least one thing that enlivens and enriches his life.
“Everyone is encouraged to
try a sport; even if sport’s
not your thing you are
given a chance. I’d never
played rugby before but
now I am a member of
the A Team because I was
given the opportunity and
Year 8 pupil