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We provide our pupils with the best experiences and open them up to a world of knowledge, both in and out of the classroom.

We introduce our pupils to new and unusual activities, setting them up for a life of change and challenge. With a full programme of sporting, cultural and intellectual pursuits pencilled in the OSH diary, we encourage them to take the reins, venture into the unknown and achieve things they never thought were possible.

With a full range of activities available on and off-site, our students will be spoilt for choice, before heading off around the country in search of fun, adventure and wider knowledge.

Discover all the exhilarating and challenging co-curricular activities that OSH provides on and offsite. 

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Adventure Week

It’s the last week of school before the summer holidays, and while others are usually winding down, we’re gearing up for a week of adventure, packed full of exciting activities and programmes, with plenty to learn and lots of fun to be had.

We’ve designed a programme which has something for everyone – with lots of happy faces to show for our efforts. From activity trips in the South of France, cricket tours in the West Indies, visits to RAF and Army bases to 3D mask making and debating workshops back at OSH, every year we design a programme which balances fun with the development of some of our core values including responsibility, teamwork and making friends.

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Duke of Edinburgh Award

Duke of Edinburgh Awards

As one of the most popular co-curricular activities at OSH, The Duke of Edinburgh Award programme allows students to develop personal characteristics and talents outside of the classroom and work towards gaining a Bronze, Silver or Gold award.

The programme includes everything from volunteering in the community, to going on residential trips, all of which help to develop initiative, leadership, teamwork, and responsibility; essential characteristics that will firm up the foundations for their future career.

Pupils can begin their Duke of Edinburgh Bronze programme in Year 9 (14 years old), their Silver Award in Year 10 (15 years old) and their Gold Award in Year 11 (16 years old).

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We want to give all our pupils every available opportunity to expand their horizons, experience the world and to attend cultural and sporting events.

It’s important that our students experience the world not only through the words of others, but also through their own eyes to help develop their own knowledge and understanding.

With expeditions to countries including India, Ecuador and Borneo, we give pupils the opportunity to study the countries and cultures we discuss in the classroom, through a once in a lifetime experience they’ll never forget.

We understand these things don’t come cheap, that’s why we encourage our students to fund-raise, gain sponsorship or even take on a little part-time work to help towards the costs. This, coupled with the vigorous training we undergo, helps us to prepare pupils for the wider world by instilling in them confidence and knowledge.

Combined Cadet Force

Combined Cadet Force (CCF)

If you’re looking for something challenging and active, our Combined Cadet Force could be just the thing.

At locations around the UK and abroad, we’ll take you from the classroom to the training field, in preparation for your cadet instruction and we encourage all cadet enthusiasts between 14 and 18 years old to get involved.

You’ll need to prepare yourself for a tough but exhilarating training programme, where you’ll master skills including flying and weapons training (all under the careful supervision of our experienced staff instructors of course).

With constant professional supervision available every step of the way, we encourage pupils to become their own person and tackle challenges to develop self-reliance, resourcefulness, endurance and discipline; qualities which will stay with them for life.


After school clubs and activities

We have an extensive list of activities and after school clubs to cater for each and every personality, ambition and talent.

With sports including sailing, fencing and clay pigeon shooting, to creative pursuits including pottery, chef’s club and choir – we have an abundance of after school activities that will prove hard to resist.

If art, debating, tech club or any of the other activities mentioned above don’t grab your attention, don’t worry. We have loads of other activities which we’re sure will stand out.

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Charity and Volunteering

We want to provide our pupils with a well-rounded education and equip them with the skills and life experiences they need to venture into the wider world.

That’s why we encourage all our pupils to actively engage with the local community and to give back to those less fortunate through charitable efforts and fundraising.

We have a wide array of opportunities for pupils to support organisations and projects such as Age UK, the Good Neighbour Scheme, Interact (Junior Rotary Club) and the Black Country Food Bank. With everything from organising fashion shows and visiting the elderly in local care homes, to working with disabled children at Pens Meadow Special School, our students will learn the true meaning of giving to others.

Drama & Music

House Drama and Music

For pupils brimming with creative flair, we have amazing drama and music facilities to accommodate their artistic ambitions.

Our musical life includes a symphony orchestra, concert band, swing band, chamber orchestra, school and chamber choir, so there’s a perfect option for proficient musicians at any grade or level. We also have inter-house competitions which give both classical and contemporary musicians an opportunity to contribute and collaborate at school concerts and services – and not forgetting our annual Battle of the Bands/Live Lounge.

For our young thespians, the OSH drama club meets weekly to engage in games, role play, improvisation and realisation – key areas for any budding actor or actress.

We also have exciting opportunities for technical wizards, set designers and PR/marketing enthusiasts, so whether it’s a starring role in our upcoming production or a glimpse into the world of stage management, all of our pupils gain confidence and communication skills which will become invaluable in later life.


If you need any further help or advice, please leave us your details and a member of the OSH admissions team will be in touch. Alternatively give us a call on 01384 817325 and we'll be happy to help.