Stowupland offers an extensive range of enhancement and enrichment activities. All these opportunities have common aims: to stimulate learning, broaden horizons and develop social skills and cultural awareness. Some activities operate as an integral part of subject courses whilst others are part of an extra-curricular programme running at lunchtime, after school and every Wednesday afternoon.
At Stowupland, sport is inclusive with everyone being encouraged to exercise regularly and develop a healthy lifestyle. Numerous clubs and practices operate routinely including cross-country and the fitness club. The entire school also participates in the annual Sports’ Day.
Art and Textiles, DT Workshop, Chess, Creative Colouring, Debate Club and Christian Union are just a few of our many clubs. A whole range of activities operates either at lunchtime, after school on Tuesday evenings or Wednesday afternoons and all students are encouraged to get involved.
Musical activities feature prominently at Stowupland including instrumental lessons from peripatetic teachers, choirs, ensembles, rock and jazz bands. Many students extend their experiences through community performances at local churches and venues such as the John Peel Centre and ‘The Mix’ in Stowmarket. There are also “lighter” moments with talent shows, informal concerts and “Carols in the Concourse” – a seasonal celebration enjoyed by staff and students alike.
Stowupland has an excellent and well-deserved reputation for Drama. In addition to performances which stem from examination work, we support the Shakespeare Schools’ Festival and there is also an annual school production which is open to all year groups.
Visits and Trips
Visits and trips serve both to consolidate and stimulate learning across a range of subjects. Opportunities include a variety of theatre and art gallery trips, Geography field work in Suffolk and Norfolk, History trips to Norwich Castle and the Imperial War Museum, and even Cern for those studying Science at advanced level. There are opportunities for foreign travel including the highly-acclaimed World Challenge which enables older students to develop life skills whilst encountering new terrains and cultures.