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Activities and facilities

Here at Clay Hill School we use recreational, cultural and sporting activities as key tools to help build self-image, self-esteem and relationships. We actively encourage our young people to participate in a variety of activities according to their interests with a view to helping with areas of their development.

Access to a range of sporting facilities

Clay Hill School benefits from a very strong sports department and a range of on-site sporting facilities, including:

  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • Football pitch
  • Extensive grounds for multi-sport use
  • Indoor sports hall and air-conditioned gym (shared with Coxlease School)

Clay Hill School has access to a range of off-site sporting facilities, including:

  • Off-road cycling
  • Football pitches
  • Climbing Wall
  • Community swimming pool
  • Horse Riding

Our comprehensive physical education curriculum offers young people the chance to participate in a huge variety of sports in the course of their education, such as:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Indoor decathlon activities
  • Mountain biking
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Young people can also participate in more formal sports programmes, such as:

  • Bikeability accredited training
  • Swimming lessons
  • Horse Riding Lessons
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award


One afternoon a week is dedicated to curriculum enrichment. Enrichment sessions are scheduled into the timetable for every pupil at Clay Hill School. Activities vary but are always objective-led and must have a clear outcome. Our Enrichment programme includes:

  • Visiting local swimming baths
  • Visiting the gym
  • Visiting a bowling alley
  • Visiting museums
  • Visiting castles and other historic monuments
  • Gardening in the school’s horticulture area
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award

Outdoor education

Clay Hill School places a strong emphasis on learning in the natural environment. This element of the school looks set to develop even further with the recent appointment of a new outdoor education specialist. Activities have previously included:

  • Forest school
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Environmental forest walks
  • Forest skills

Community-based clubs and activities

If a young person at Clay Hill School has a particular interest then we encourage them to take part in activities by joining an off-site club or society in the local community. We will provide support to help pupils access community-based clubs. Young people from Clay Hill School have previously been involved in:

  • Dungeons and Dragons clubs
  • After school football clubs
  • Bible reading class
  • Bell ringing
  • Cookery clubs
  • Lego club
  • Gym club
  • Forest skills club
  • Pottery club
  • Rock Challenge (this is a national schools event where young people present a dance/music/theatre piece based on a theme). Clay Hill School pupils got through to the 2016 regional finals in conjunction with Noadswood School

A regular programme of events and rewards

We strive to provide a full experience for all our young people with regular social and educational visits occurring throughout the year. Pupils at Clay Hill School are able to take part in a varied events programme and we regularly organise activities which bring the whole school together, such as:

  • Putting on drama productions
  • Sports day during the summer term
  • An annual summer celebration day
  • Staff .vs. Pupil football matches
  • Reward trips to theme parks or places of the children’s choice
  • Guest visits from external speakers
  • Guest visits with wildlife, e.g. owls, and dogs

Purpose-built facilities

Clay Hill School has a number of specialist spaces to support effective learning for pupils, including:

  • Food Technology room
  • IT Suite
  • Very large purpose-built sports hall