St Margaret Ward is a lively and vibrant place to be. Teaching and learning is fun and exciting. We make every effort to recognise student success. Of course the school life extends to beyond the classroom. “Students have a broad range of activities in which to be involved”, both at lunchtimes and after school. (Ofsted, July, 2011) Such activities support learning, develop confidence in our young people and nurture the many talents that our students have.
There is a full and varied range of extra-curricular activities available to pupils, including clubs and societies run by different subject areas. There is a variety of sports clubs through which St Margaret Ward students are regular competitors in both local and county based fixtures. These include football, hockey, netball, basketball and athletics. A number of our students work hard to achieve their Sports Leader Award both inside and outside of the classroom. Other activities include the film club, young designers club, international and penpal club and a homework club. Our breakfast club is extremely popular at the start of each day. The extra-curricular opportunities in the arts for the children and the local community reflect the purpose and character of our school yet are rooted in the diversity and traditions of the city as a whole. All students have the opportunity to access a wide range of music, dance and drama activities. For example, students who have an interest in music can join the school’s highly acclaimed jazz orchestra, school orchestra, ensembles and vocal choir. Those with an aptitude for drama have the opportunity to audition and take part in school productions and those who enjoy dancing have a range of styles available to them and a wide range of performance opportunities throughout the year.
Educational and social visits are a regular feature of our school calendar. They are an integral part of the curriculum as they serve to enrich the learning experience of our students. All students participate in such activities, thanks to the dedication of our teaching and support staff. Opportunities include spiritual retreats, university visits, trips to Blists Hill Victorian town, the Imperial War Museum, Gladstone Pottery Museum, Drayton Manor Theme Park, the North Wales coastline, the Peak District National Park, the Houses of Parliament and theatre visits, including to London’s West End. We also offer students the chance to participate in a number of overseas visits, including an outward bound trip to France or Spain and a French exchange programme.