Lucton has a wide variety of extracurricular activities for students to take part in including a comprehensive programme of trips and visits. In recent years these have included cultural and historical trips, museums, equestrian events, theatre trips, adventure days, and much more.
Lucton also boasts many in-school clubs; these vary from year to year but currently include journalism, chess, beginner guitar, book club, drama, electronics, ICT, and astronomy. There are also opportunities for students to perform both in and out of school in drama productions and orchestral performances, and for active students to further their sporting abilities by taking part in additional swimming classes, running club, lacrosse, and football to name but a few. Although the school day is slightly longer at Lucton, one of the many advantages is that many of these clubs and activities can be accommodated within it.
Duke of Edinburgh Award
In addition to the above, students in Year 9 are strongly encouraged to begin taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme (DofE). The scheme is designed to provide young people with fundamental life skills through challenges and activities; in turn, encouraging confidence, tenacity, and selflessness. It is also a particularly worthwhile addition to university and job applications, demonstrating an ability to go the extra mile.
The scheme is comprised of three different milestones; Bronze, Silver, and Gold, with each one requiring the successful competition of several key challenges before moving to the next level. At Lucton, Bronze is completed in Year 9, Silver in Year 10, and Gold generally in Year 11-12. Regardless of the level, there are several common key indicators that must be achieved in all.
Skill: Students will be expected to grasp a new skill; from learning a musical instrument, to understanding how to administer first aid, the choice is theirs.
Physical: A key requirement is to take part in a sport or physical activity that has not been experienced before, and to set an achievable goal to measure success. Again, the choice is down to the student and could include anything from lacrosse and fencing, to weight training or rock climbing.
Volunteering: Aimed at encouraging community spirit and selflessness, some will choose to undertake charity work and community projects, whilst others may prefer to provide first aid support at various events, or to help younger students with their studies.
Expedition: Many requirements of the Duke of Edinburgh Award can be attained through Lucton’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF), not least of which the opportunity to take part in expeditions all over the UK. At Bronze level these last for 2 days and 1 night; however, those that achieve Gold are required to complete 4 days and 3 nights, including 1 night of “wild camping”.
Successful completion of Bronze and Silver levels earns a certificate and badge; however, those that achieve the coveted Gold award will also attend a presentation at Buckingham Palace and, even more importantly, a tremendous sense of personal satisfaction and pride.
Aside from the obvious health benefits, dance provides a valuable creative outlet for many of our students. Dance classes help encourage self-confidence, discipline, poise, and grace. Most importantly, dance classes are fun!
Available as an additional extra, Lucton offers lessons in Ballet and Modern Dance for children in our Nursery and Prep School, with regular opportunities for them to perform within the school, including a ballet assembly for parents.
Expert teaching is also available for those who wish to continue with dance as they progress through the Middle, Senior, and Sixth Form. Past students have gained places at prestigious institutions including Italia Conte, and some members of our alumni have gone on to forge careers as professional dancers.
London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art (LAMDA) lessons embody the transformative power of the dramatic arts; creativity, innovation, and authentic, confident communication. For many of our students it is incredibly positive and rewarding and has benefits beyond dramatic performance. For our older students, it can even provide valuable UCAS points.
Individual or small group LAMDA lessons are available to all students, at an additional cost, from Year 2 through to Sixth Form, and can be included within the school day.