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When we look back at our own school days, often our fondest memories and those things that helped to define and mould our interests and personalities, were the activities and hobbies with which we busied ourselves outside the classroom.

Enthusiasm and success are infectious. A child's belief in him or herself and success in the classroom so often has roots somewhere quite different. An integral part of childhood, and a vital aspect of growing up, is pushing yourself to, and sometimes beyond, your own limits.

We want our pupils to grow and develop with a breadth of interests and experiences that will bring a richness and diversity to their lives and who they are. Much is achieved through our broad and challenging curriculum but there is so much more. Our wide-ranging club and activity program allows pupils to pursue particular interests with passion and perseverance.

Within the curriculum

Forest School and Outdoor Education

Forest School and outdoor education are built into the curriculum at various stages. Please click on the following links to find out more about these activities.

School trips during term times

From time to time, the pupils are taken on trips to support the work they are doing in the classroom. Year 7 have a fantastic week-long outward bound trip to River Dart, Year 5 enjoy a residential trip to Naturesbase in Wales, whilst Year 8 all go on the legendary  Leavers Trip to name a few. 



A full and varied programme of after-school activities and prep (homework) time takes place between 4pm and 5.50pm.  Additionally, after enjoying a family style evening meal in the dining room, the boarders have a range of activities (incorporating music practice and prep for the Upper School) with special events on a regular such as the Winter Lecture Series or a Balloon Debate.  Please see the boarding pages for more information about evening and weekend activities.

Please click on the FAQs at the bottom of this page to find out more about the after-school activity programme.


How the after-school activity programme works

The choice of after-school activities on offer changes from term to term to reflect the changing seasons and demand for certain activities.  For Pre-Prep activities please visit the Pre-Prep pages.

All academic lessons in the Prep School finish at 4pm.  Day children are free to go home at this time or they are welcome to stay at school for afternoon break, to take part in one of the many clubs or activities and to do some prep.

The list of choices of activity is almost endless - activities change from term to term depending on the seasons and popularity of individual clubs. For a few of the activities on offer we make a charge - this is usually when the activity requires a specialist instructor and the costs, which are kept to a minimum, are published with the fees.  

Click on the links below to find out more...

Activities which have been available in recent years

In addition to the chargeable extra clubs, the after-school clubs run in recent terms have included the following:

Airfix ModelsiPad Cartoon Club
ArabicJunior Science Club
Aural Training and AccompanimentLaser Etching with iPads
BadmintonMaths Club
Baseball / SoftballMeccano Club
Battle of the BandsMusic Theory - by invitation
Board gamesNetball
Book Creator ClubOrigami
Book Illustrations ClubPainting
Bright SparksPercussion Group
Bucket DrumsPointless Club
Card makingPop Lacrosse
Cartoon IllustrationPottery
Challenge ClubRackets
Chamber GroupReading
ChoirsRugby 7s / Touch Rugby
Coding / Computer ClubScience
Computer ClubSenior Strings - by invitation
CookingSewing / Cross Stitch
Creative ColouringSketching
Cricket / Girls' CricketSpanish
Critical ThinkingSports Activity
Debating ClubSwimming Squad
DT clubSwing Band - by invitation
Exmoor ChallengeTennis
FootballTop Trumps
GeographyUltimate Frisbee / Frisbee Golf
Hama Beads ClubWarhammer
Handwriting ClubWind Band - by invitation
Hazlegrove RadioWoodland Games
History ClubWoodwork

Chargeable clubs in recent times have included

The majority of extra-curricular activities are free. However, there are a small number of clubs / activities where a specialist instructor is employed to take the sessions and a termly charge applies.

In recent times the chargeable activities have included the following:


Ballet is taken by Miss Bell. The Pre-Prep children have sessions during the afternoon and Prep school children in the after-school activity times. Miss Bell organises regular displays or open lessons for the parents to see their children perform.


Golf at Hazlegrove is taught by Mr Goymer. Facilities available for golf include the mini golf course, driving nets and the putting green. In the winter, use is also made of the floodlit artificial pitches.

Horse riding

Riding School Lessons

Children are taken via minibus to the local riding stables for riding lessons. 

Pevelings is an approved Pony Club Centre and has two floodlit outdoor arenas allowing the children to ride throughout the year. The children are taught in groups according to their ability.

This club is open to all Prep School pupils (Years 3 - 8) and there may be a waiting list subject to demand. Lessons are charged at the prevailing rate according to the number of lessons received. Children need to have their own jodhpurs, riding boots and gloves, but hats can be hired if necessary. Body protectors are optional for flat work, but must be worn when jumping in the field or over 2' in the school.

Horse riding - own pony

Children with their own ponies who wish to be considered for representing the school in competition should make contact with Mrs Cobb. Teams regularly represent the school in disciplines such as Show Jumping, One Day Eventing and Tetrathlon. Training sessions are currently run on an occasional basis either during the holidays or after-school if conditions and other commitments permit.


Judo is taken in the sports hall by Finn Gleeson. Pupils are prepared for gradings and, where appropriate, they represent the school in IAPS competitions.


Wadoryu Karate is taught at Hazlegrove by Peter Fawbert and regular visits are made by experienced practitioners providing exceptional instruction for those Hazlegrove pupils taking part in this extra-curricular activity.

Regular gradings are held to assess the progression of each student. Tournaments are also part of the agenda; these give students the opportunity to compete against fellow Karate practitioners.


Mandarin is offered as an optional extra by Mrs Yang who teaches Mandarin in the curriculum to pupils in Years 5 and 6. This option is popular with pupils who wish to continue learning Mandarin beyond Year 6 as well as younger children who wish to start learning Mandarin. If you are interested in this option it is worth putting your child's name down early as from time to time it has been necessary to have a waiting list.

Speech and Drama

Please see the music and drama pages for more information about Speech and Drama


The squash courts are always popular at break times and squash sessions will often take place within the normal after-school activity programme. Specialist squash coaching is also available with Tom Pollard as a chargeable activity. All pupils who play squash are considered for the teams who have regular fixtures against other local prep schools.

Swimming Training

All children have swimming lessons as part of the PE curriculum and there are free swimming activities in the normal after-school activity programme. The chargeable option of swimming training takes place with our specialist swimming coach Mrs Cryer.


In addition to the tennis available to all pupils as part of the curriculum in the Summer Term and as part of the after-school activity programme, specialist tennis coaching is available with our full-time tennis coach, Miss Parkin-Bowes.

Miss Parkin-Bowes is a Licensed LTA Level 3 tennis coach with a wealth of coaching experience. Before joining Hazlegrove, she spent a large proportion of her time with children of school age, ranging through beginners up to national playing juniors. Miss Parkin-Bowes has also worked with adults from beginner level up to club team level. Prior to this, Miss Parkin-Bowes spent a number of years working in the Sport Development department of the East Riding of Yorkshire Council carrying out sports coaching sessions for school children and adults.

We are able to offer a range of tennis coaching opportunities for children and for parents. Sessions for children are available before school, at lunchtimes and after school and there are opportunities for parents to play at drop-off time three mornings per week.

As well as creating the opportunity for pupils to receive private coaching at Hazlegrove, Miss Parkin-Bowes teaches tennis as part of the curriculum during PE lessons to all pupils including the Pre-Prep. Pupils benefit from her wider international sporting experience during games lessons.

Extra coaching for pupils

Lessons for children are offered on an individual, pair or small group basis and are for a period of 30 minutes. These sessions run weekly, for the duration of the term, and are offered Monday to Friday, before school, at lunchtimes and after school, up to 7.30pm.

Once signed up for a specific time slot, children will be expected to give a term’s notice should they no longer wish to continue attending sessions. Lessons will be charged at the published rate.

Tennis coaching for adults

Sessions are available for adults and are timed to coincide with pupil drop-off in the mornings. For more information about these sessions please contact Miss Parkin-Bowes directly at tennis@hazlegrove.co.uk

Programme from 4pm onwards

The clubs time is split into two sessions, Junior clubs (Years 3 to 6) take place after break between 4.25pm and 5.05pm, whilst senior pupils are doing prep. Senior clubs (Years 7 & 8) take place between 5.10pm and 5.45pm and junior pupils have an opportunity to do prep.

This timetable allows children to be collected at 4pm, 5.05pm or at 5.50pm. There is also the flexibility for pupils to stay for tea with the boarders at 6pm and to be collected later if necessary - there is a small charge for this.

The timetable

The timetable of clubs for each term is published at the beginning of term. Pupils in the prep school are given a form on which they indicate their choices of clubs for each day. 

The timetable is published on the Hazlegrove Parent Portal for parents. Please email office@hazlegrove.co.uk or admissions@hazlegrove.co.uk if you would like to see a copy of the current timetable.

Club allocation

Pupils are advised by their tutors as to which of their club choices they have been allocated and clubs usually start after the first few days of term.

Activities on a Wednesday

There are no official clubs on a Wednesday due to the sporting fixtures schedule.  However, boarders and other children who remain in school on a Wednesday gather in the sports hall after afternoon break to hear the choice of activities and prep on offer for the day.

Individual Instrument Tuition, Choirs, Ensembles, Speech and Drama

For other optional activities such speech and drama, individual instrumental tuition, instrumental ensembles and choral groups please visit the music and drama pages of the website.

Clubs which run during lunch and other breaks have included...

  • Dolphin Choir
  • Middle School Choir
  • Boys Vocal Group
  • Girls Vocal Group
  • Junior Brass Ensemble
  • Junior String Orchestra
  • Corps of Drums
  • Flute Ensemble
  • Junior Guitar Emsemble
  • Senior Guitar Ensemble
  • Percussion Group
  • Saxophone Ensemble

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