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What after-school clubs does your school offer?

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inthesark Tue 30-Apr-13 18:57:20

Other than sports? Ours mostly does what amounts to extra PE. A few of us are going to offer our services to get some other, simple, ones running, and I was wondering what clubs are popular at your school.

I did see another local school had a Hama beads club, but I am just boggled at the thought of what you do with the unfinished ones each week, so if you can answer that too, that would be even more helpful.

signet Fri 21-Jun-13 07:46:20

SpeechGarden I don't spend too much on clubs. Most of the ones mine attend are free school clubs although we do swimming and scouting which cost a little bit. Mine never attended clubs aged 3 and 4 but I guess it is whatever works for you and your family.

Good luck with the move. I live in the Reading area too and you'll enjoy it!

Silverstar2 Fri 21-Jun-13 07:32:01

wow I can't believe all the clubs offered! At my dc's school - village school, about 200 pupils - there are no lunch time clubs, and never have been, and then just a few after school, all sporty - basketball, football, and ummm, oh netball I think.

To be honest, the teachers just won't do it - they never want to do out of hours stuff, and never support events run by the PTA - discos, fetes, etc. As a working parent I could do with a few more!


SpeechGarden Fri 21-Jun-13 01:02:52

What do you estimate you spend on clubs each year per child? Is it reasonable for children years three and four to wish to join clubs most afternoons?

We are moving from the US to The Reading area and are trying to determine how much money will be needed for clubs.

Thank you!

UniS Wed 01-May-13 20:46:42

Non traditional sports & other clubs in a smallish school ( about 200 pupils)

Lunchtime Teacher led
Newspaper club Ks2
Recorder club Ks2

Lunchtime parent led
Chess club Ks2

After school teacher led

Parent led
2 language clubs

MTSgroupie Wed 01-May-13 17:38:16

Some of the others plus Gardening Club (free).

SomeBear Wed 01-May-13 17:03:40

At our junior school, it's minimal. Netball, football, film club, salsa dancing and parkour (run by an external company). No lunch clubs other than cross country and breakfast club only runs on two days a week. As a working parent, it drives me potty. I'm very jealous of some of the selection of clubs offered by other schools elsewhere!

inthesark Wed 01-May-13 12:27:02

Thank you. That information is going to make my life better at home, never mind anywhere else.

But also thank you for all the rest of the replies - it's really helpful. Also makes me realise that our current provision is rubbish (3 after school clubs, one lunch club in a school of 300).

MTSgroupie Tue 30-Apr-13 23:06:36

RE Hamas

Cling film the thing.

Lonecatwithkitten Tue 30-Apr-13 22:33:40


Chess club
Maths club
Open to anyone choir
Science club
Gardening club
Netball club
Rounders club
Language club

After school
Orchestra (invitation only)
Modern pentathlon
Chamber choir (invitation/audition)

These are junior clubs the school goes to 18 and a very select number of junior girls are invited to join certain senior music groups after school as well.

Ours change a lot and some are only for either KS1 or KS2. Those run by teachers or volunteers are free, or token charge to cover cost of materials, those run by professionals cost about £4 a week.

Some run all year round, others are seasonal and vary from 6 weeks to a couple of terms. Some are at lunchtime, some after school. School is about 300 pupils (state primary).

In a typical year you might get


Country dancing

There is also a general afterschool club for childcare.

There might be more, DS (KS2) is selective about which letters he brings home. Each teacher has to run one club per year I think. Unfortunately not many parents have the time or inclination to run them, it is a big commitment and it is the same people who go in and do reading and are on the PTA that end up doing the clubs as well.

ipadquietly Tue 30-Apr-13 22:05:57

tag rugby
athletics (run by Y5)
animal club (run by Y5)
art club (run by Y5)
story clubs (y1 and y2)
KS1 dance
KS2 dance

cheerleading x 2
tae kwando
cooking x 2

TheHerringScreams Tue 30-Apr-13 21:28:24

Lunch clubs- gardening club (with some after school times). Chess club, cookery club, sewing club, cheer leading club.

After school- gardening club, YR5/6 cookery (lunchtime is for younger ones), hockey club, sewing club, recorder club, choir, band.

Suggestions or clubs starting soon or planned clubs:
French beginner club
Polish club (by Polish parents)
Art club (fun but simple with teachers untrained in art. As far as I see, minimal teaching bit a go at a lot of arty stuff)
Circus Skills Club hmm
Athletics Club
Netball Club
Beginner Keyboard
Film Club
Fundraising Club

purpleroses Tue 30-Apr-13 21:23:23

Excluding sport, DD's school has singing, "orchestra", drama, chess, and French. Her old school had a film club and sewing club which were both popular.

The ones the teachers or parents run are free. The private ones are £1-6 per child.

CaptainSweatPants Tue 30-Apr-13 21:20:43

Clubs run by teachers are free - Lego club, cookery, hockey, rugby, computing, etc

Paid for ones are by professionals - golf, tennis, football , usually £3.50 for an hour

simpson Tue 30-Apr-13 21:16:00

There are loads of lunch clubs: Lego, film club, origami and homework club (I forget the rest).

After school clubs are: multi sports, science club, gardening club and craft club (reception only).

DS would be very jealous of a chess club envy

We don't pay for any of these clubs but the school does football coaching at the weekend (£3) and the PTA do Xmas/Easter craft clubs which are £2.50 (kids get popcorn and a hotdog too).

Dededum Tue 30-Apr-13 20:34:51

Oh and gardening, dodgeball

Dededum Tue 30-Apr-13 20:32:59


Sporting including dance, judo, athletics, running, hockey
Board games, used to do chess, guitar, recorders, drama, boys choir (very cool), choir, Lego, knitting

Hulababy Tue 30-Apr-13 20:29:38

External clubs are approx £4.50 a session at DD's school

TheGirlOnTheLanding Tue 30-Apr-13 20:28:43

The price varies - our French club is about £4/session (but paid termly) and Computer club a bit more (£5ish, runs for fewer sessions per term) but I think it's fair enough, it's someone's livelihood. The clubs run by staff/parents are free.

Breezy1985 Tue 30-Apr-13 19:39:17

Craft club
Prop making
Lets get cooking

Plus all the usual sports clubs, all run by teachers

inthesark Tue 30-Apr-13 19:33:42

Blimey. I thought our school was a bit half-hearted but these lists are really impressive. And there are 300 children in the school, so it's not small.

When people say a more expensive club provided by an external provider, what are the kinds of prices per child?

signet Tue 30-Apr-13 19:28:55

All the usual sports clubs plus:
Art club
Gardening club
Maths club
Reading club
Eco club
Cooking club
Breakfast club
Board games
Sewing club
History club
Geography club
IT club
SATs revision club

All run by teachers and TAs.

Hulababy Tue 30-Apr-13 19:27:14

I forgot gardening club at my infant school - a biggie there too

Hulababy Tue 30-Apr-13 19:26:32

I work in an infant school and we offer lunch time clubs, all not paid for:

book club
computer club
games club
lego club
dance club

And after school are paid for and run by external agencies:

multi sport
cricket/football - depending on time of year

Hulababy Tue 30-Apr-13 19:25:07

At DD's school, they have extra curricular clubs at lunchtimes and after school:

Lunch time:
Brass Band Y3-6
String Group Y3-6
Playball YR-3
Flute Choir Y3-6
Badminton Y3-6
Netball Y5-6
Tennis Y3-6
Singing Y3-6
Well Being Y3-6
German Y3-6
Debating Y5-6
Dance Fit Y3-6

After school:
Art Club Y1-6
Speech & Drama Y5-6
Playball Yr-2
Cookery Yr-2
Gymnastics Y1-6
Art & Craft Yr-2
Mandarin Y3-6
Gymnastics Y3-6
Drama Yr-6
Dance Fit Y3-6
Science Y3-6
Computer/ICT Y2-6

Lunch times we don't pay for. Some after school ones are free, others are paid for, either for materials (Art) or for external agencies/staff

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