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Boarding activities


    Our boarders engage in a host of weekend and after-school activities, from drama and music production, through competitive sports, to school committees and local and global outreach projects. We understand a rich boarding experience must include a variety of fun and educational extra-curricular activities, as an integral part of boarding life.

    Boarding Co-curricular Programme

    • Induction weekend, BBQ, Teambuilding Games, Inflatables
    • Ice Cream Social
    • Thorpe Park Trip
    • Banana Bread Workshop with Mrs Bainbridge
    • 4-day Residential Team Building Trip Grade 11
    • Brighton Trip – Pavilion and Lanes
    • Pumpkin Carving and House decorations
    • Trunk or Treat Event
    • Annual International Meal
    • Graffiti Artist Workshop
    • Fright Night – Thorpe Park – Senior Girls
    • Wii and Pizza Night – Fields House
    • Canterbury Cathedral Trip
    • Future Leaders – Leadership Training
    • Woodlands Gets Talent
    • Fields Pizza Night
    • Winter Wonderland Trip
    • Christmas Crafts and Cooking
    • Cinderella Pantomime
    • Weekend Trip to Poland
    • Harry Potter Studio Trip
    • Cookery Workshop Mr Pitcher
    • Woodlands Shield – 5 a side football and basketball
    • Fields Table Tennis Tournament
    • Woodlands Karaoke Night
    • Valentines Share the Friendship Wall
    • Basketball Match – Surrey Scorchers vs Plymouth Raiders
    • Chinese New Year Feast
    • Mr Pitcher Cookery Workshop – Chelsea Buns
    • Mr Schuchter Cycling Club
    • Pancake Making
    • Great Boarding Bake Off Competition
    • Cinema Trip – Marvel
    • First Aid Course for Senior Boarders
    • London Culture and Shopping Trip
    • Festival and Pizza Night
    Coming Up
    • Buckingham Palace Trip
    • Guilford Spectrum – Bowling and Ice Skating
    • Hampton Court Trip
    • Graduation Party
    All Year
    • Future Leaders – Leadership Programme
    • Elevate Study Skills
    • Kapsun Training Life Skills Programme (PSHE/British Values)

    Our Boarding Enrichment Programme

    At ACS Cobham our boarding students benefit from a wide range of activities outside of the classroom, from service and volunteering opportunities to sports and performing arts clubs, all of which are available to students throughout the school week.

    Each month we also offer stimulating excursions and activities to London and the countryside. Encouraging our young people to challenge themselves helps develop skills and resilience that will benefit them inside and outside the classroom and ready them for the future.

    Several of our clubs are organised and run by students themselves, helping develop their leadership skills. One of these is our Model United Nations club, where they exchange views on topics of international concern. As part of this students can attend conferences each year in The Hague and New York, where they debate the world’s most pressing issues with thousands of other students.

    It’s all part of our commitment to educating the whole student so they’re ready for tomorrow. We also understand the importance of leisure time when boarders can explore their individual interests such as art, music and sport, and quiet time when students just need time to refresh and recharge. On arrival at ACS, we work with each boarder to identify their particular passions and interests to ensure they have the chance to cultivate these during their time with us, and that their programme of activities is balanced and healthy.

    Enrichment Activities

    Middle School Clubs: karate, yoga, pilates, TED-Ed, novel writing, 3D printing, art, SATRO (science competition), table tennis, music/choral, dance, track and field, chess and coding.

    High School Clubs: art, badminton, Duke of Edinburgh Award, girls’ soccer, law society, medics club, Model United Nations, senior maths team, technical theatre, wall climbing, West End theatre, woodlands conservation, Amnesty International, education for Madagascar, cancer relief group, Namibia world challenge and student council.

    Performing Arts: Orchestra, jazz band, chamber ensemble, choir, rock band workshop*, marimba club, ukulele club, theatre productions, music recitals, open mic events, technical theatre, ISTA festival* and private musical lessons*

    Sports: Basketball, football, rugby, swim academy, tennis, softball, dance, cross country and American football.

    Leisure: Pizza parties, chilli nights, inter-house competitions, Christmas pantomime and lights, international night, table tennis league, karaoke, bake off competition, table football league, mountain biking, art and crafts, musical instruments and board games.

    Excursions: St Paul’s Cathedral, London Eye, Tate Modern, Hampton Court, Thorpe Park, Canterbury Cathedral, West End plays, Winter Wonderland, Brighton Pavilion, WB Harry Potter Studios, ice skating, bowling, Christmas markets, Chessington World of Adventures and more.

    Outreach & Adventure: Go-Karting, Bubble Football, Zorbing, CKT Canoe & Kayak Tour

    In-House: Halloween Fancy Dress Dinner, International Themed Meal Nights, Inter-House Competitions, Annual International Formal Dinner, Monthly PSO themed buffet treats

    The Arts: West End plays, Christmas Pantomime, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, London Street Art Tour & Graffiti Workshop, The Harry Potter Tour

    Historic Visits: The Houses of Parliament, Buckingham Palace, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace, Windsor Castle, Dover Castle, The Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Portsmouth Historic Docks, Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Club, The Royal Pavilions Brighton

    Museum: Natural History, The British Museum, The Tate Britain, Tate Modern & St Paul's Cathedral, Imperial War Museum, National Portrait Gallery, Cutty Sark at Greenwich, Brooklands Motor Museum, The Wellcome Collection

    *Subject to an additional fee







    Student playing rugby


    Students visiting the Cutty Sark


    Senior students with bouncy castle

    Performing Arts Cobham

    Performing Arts Cobham

    Middle School Music

    Middle School Music student

    Boarding activities

    High School kids at wake boarding
    Wooden bench in front of boarding house

    Personal Development

    We recognise teamwork and leadership skills are foundations for organizational success, and have designed a programme to develop the interpersonal and problem solving abilities of our students.

    Working with specialist companies, our highly interactive programme includes team building workshops, a ‘Leaders of Tomorrow’ programme (in partnership with a Colchester school), Junior and Senior leadership conferences, as well as opportunities to become a member of the Student Council, a House Captain, and even Boarding House President.