Activities outside of the normal school day are an important part of the opportunities offered to pupils. They enable the exploration and development of individual interests and talents and a greater understanding of the world beyond home and school. The programme at William Byrd varies from year to year, but usually includes the following:
After-school and lunch-time clubs
These are dependent on the interests and commitments of the teaching staff, but usually include puzzle club, football, netball, cricket, choir, orchestra, recorders, drama, basketball.
Musical instrument tuition
This is provided by Hillingdon Music Service for children from the age of 8. Lessons are available for cello, violin, flute and clarinet. There is a modest charge for these.
by visiting musicians and theatre groups
by classes for Friday assemblies
by different departments each term
by Year 6 pupils as a farewell
All children have the opportunity to perform before a range of audiences. Every child from Reception to Year 6 takes part in class assemblies and all children in one of our annual concerts. There are further opportunities for those who wish to pursue them.
Year 6: one-week adventurous activities visit.
Departments organise visits to places of interest connect with their topics, eg, museums, art galleries, farms, places of worship, etc. Most year groups venture out into the local community to research aspects of class work, eg library, shops, homes, churches, etc. These trips are part of the curriculum and enhance the children’s learning.
The school involves itself in a variety of fund raising activities, providing money or articles for national and local charities. These include: Macmillan Cancer Care, Operation Christmas Child, Red Cross, Yeldall, NSPCC, etc.
We believe our children should appreciate how fortunate they are and be aware of the needs of others.