Extra-Curricular and Wider Opportunities

We understand that a student’s time at Carnforth High School is not only about the experiences they gain in the classroom. We are committed to offering students a wide range of extra-curricular activities. This includes a host of weekly activities organised by staff at both lunchtime and after school.

Students can find regularly updated information about each of our clubs on the main clubs display area on the glass corridor in school. This includes at timetable showing which clubs are happening each day and where the club takes place, as well as a description of what happens at the club. There is also information about clubs at the start of the week in form time, during the ‘The Week Ahead’ presentations.

Parents/carers are kept informed about clubs through our fortnightly newsletter. An overview of which clubs are taking place can be found in the first newsletter of each half term and stories and photos of student successes in clubs are also shared. All issues of our newsletter can be found here: https://www.carnforthhigh.co.uk/news/

Clubs running this half term can be seen below.

In addition to our extensive sports clubs offer, last year’s Skills clubs included:

  • Anime Club
  • Art Club
  • Biccies and Books Club
  • Charity Knitting Club
  • Chess Club
  • Cooking Club
  • Community Events and Fundraising Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Debate Club
  • Drama Club
  • Eco and Sustainability Club
  • Foraging Artistry Club
  • GeoGuessr Club
  • History Fiction Writing Club
  • My Hero Club
  • Puzzle Club
  • Read It Again Club
  • Science Club
  • Shichi Narabe Club
  • Textiles Artists
  • Youth Speaks
The CHS Award


To encourage students to participate in extra-curricular activities and recognise student achievements outside of the classroom, we have developed The CHS Award for students in Years 7, 8 and 9. The CHS Award requires students to commit to four different elements for fixed periods of time in order to be awarded for participating in each:

• Volunteering – showing our students’ commitment to support others in school and in the wider community
• Physical – where students can learn a new sport or activity at one of our many lunch or after school sports clubs, such as football, dance, badminton, rugby or trampolining, in a way that helps them stay physically and mentally fit and healthy
• Experience – where students leave their comfort zone on an out of school trip to expand their cultural capital, or time away from home on a residential experience
• Skills – where students develop sets of transferable skills and increase in confidence through participation in one of our many lunch or after school clubs, such as eco-schools club, the anime club, chess club, write club or hairdressing club

Attendance at all CHS Award-related activities is tracked and analysed to consider how we can ensure all students access this provision. Students will work towards bronze, silver and gold CHS Awards by undertaking opportunities in the areas above.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award

To develop students’ extra curricular journey beyond Year 8, all students in Year 9 are given the opportunity to participate in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh’s Award.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is:

  • An Adventure – The world’s leading achievement award for young people
  • An Opportunity – Recognition of student achievements
  • A Challenge – A life changing programme of activities

Students need to complete 3 months in each of the key strands; volunteering, physical, skill. They also complete a 2 day and 1 night practice and qualifying expedition.

In order to give students the best opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, we give students the chance to complete some of the different sections within school, if they wish. The volunteering section can be completed within a project in Life Skills lessons and form time. Students are also encouraged to participate in the clubs and teams within school so they can complete the award.

Visits out of School

We endeavour to support our student’s understanding of their curriculum in school, as well as to develop their cultural capital, by taking them out of school on visits both in the UK and abroad. So far this year, visits have included:

  • Year 11 Liverpool One GCSE Fieldtrips
  • KS3 Primary School Story-Telling Festival
  • Youth Speaks Competition in Kendal
  • Year 9 Manchester Etihad Stadium Regeneration Visit
  • Year 11 Rewards Visit to Preston
  • Year 10 Hillcroft Nursing Home Visit

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