Outside of the Classroom

Outside of the Classroom

‘Education with character’ 

An ethos which underpins not just what and how subjects are taught inside the classroom; but what opportunities and experiences are available outside of the classroom to ensure our pupils experience fulfilling, all-round learning to enhance their personal growth and development. And of course, it’s the perfect opportunity to have some fun!


The co-curricular offering at BCS Senior encompasses musical and sporting events, celebration of the arts, academics, chess, orchestral evenings, house events, career talks, scholar twilight seminars and much more. Options change each term, and we are always open to suggestions from pupils on particular clubs they would like to see added.

BCS Co-Curricular option - Summer 2024

Duke of Edinburgh Award

The DofE Award Scheme offers an ideal opportunity for our students to achieve a nationally recognised award which is a real test of their resilience, will develop character and life skills, can help other people and will be an impressive contribution to qualifications and curriculum vitae when progressing with education and career.

Pupils have the opportunity to commence at the introductory Bronze level during Year 9 and to progress through Silver and Gold in the following years. At each level there are four sections: Volunteering to help people, developing a Skill, progressing in a Physical Recreation and undertaking an Expedition.

For more information visit the DofE website or contact the Award Manager Alice Rowe at Alice.Rowe@bcscschool.co.uk .

Activities and Trips

A variety of external trips and activities are scheduled in every year for all year groups, and these could be local, national or international. Just a small selection of the excursions we offer are listed below:


  • Iceland
  • New York
  • Ski trips
  • Spanish exchange visits
  • European cultural trips
  • Football and Swimming tours


  • Art Galleries and exhibitions
  • Business Studies and Economics trips to the Bank of England and the Mini Factory
  • History trip staying aboard HMS Belfast on the River Thames
  • London Theatre trips
  • Geography and Science residential to Slapton Ley
  • Goodwood Sculpture Park and Eden Project
  • Technology visit to Goodwood Racing


  • Dorset coastline, New Forest and Cheddar Gorge for geographical studies
  • English and Drama visits to various local and national theatres
  • Science visits to Intech Science Centre and Planetarium in Winchester and Marwell Zoo
  • Corfe Castle
  • The Science Dome
  • Salisbury Cathedral
  • Watersports and outdoor activities with Exmoor Adventures