We have a rich and varied co-curricular programme with more than 80 clubs and activities to choose from. Students are encouraged to balance study with activity, and to be committed and proud of their wider abilities. Our house system fosters community across the school, with a busy programme of activities and competitions. Our outreach programme grows every year led by our students’ desire to give something back to our local and wider community.
Woldingham has four mixed-age Houses, each of which promotes a spirit of community among girls of different ages and staff. Girls belong to one of four houses named after Patrons with a close association to the Society of the Sacred Heart.
Tutor groups are arranged by House and students remain in their allocated House throughout their time at Woldingham. Houses organise a wide variety of activities including charity fund-raising events, inter-House competitions and, a highlight of the year, the House Festival in September. House assemblies are held fortnightly. Each House has its own Mass and feast where students and staff celebrate together and focus their fund-raising efforts.
Sport is extremely important to life at Woldingham and plays a vital role in supporting physical and emotional health and wellbeing. Sport is about enjoyment, inclusion, team spirit, fitness, competition and performance. By the time our students leave, our aim is for them to have a lifelong commitment to sport and healthy living. We rightly celebrate the achievements of our athletes, some of whom represent their county and even country, and our school teams who do well in local and regional competitions.
Woldingham has excellent sports facilities including a sports centre with a large sports hall, two squash courts, fitness studio and a dance/gymnastics studio. We have extensive outdoor courts and pitches, an indoor tennis dome, an indoor swimming pool and an all-weather pitch.
There is an active programme of PE lessons in which all girls, including Sixth Form, participate. These include netball, hockey, cricket, tennis and athletics.
In the autumn and spring terms, netball and hockey are our major sports. In the summer we play cricket, tennis and athletics. In addition, students compete in sports such as swimming and cross country. We place great value in being part of a team as well as excelling as an individual.
The school has a busy weekday and Saturday fixture list and participates in district and county tournaments. Squads and school teams emerge from the regular training sessions. Attendance and commitment are vital for those wishing to represent the school.
There are strongly contested House sport competitions throughout the year, culminating in our annual sports day. We also offer a fantastic range of sport trips within the UK and overseas.
Girls have a huge range of additional sports clubs and activities to choose from. Our philosophy is about personal improvement whatever the starting point. Choices include:
Woldingham’s Millennium Centre has some of the best facilities for music and drama performance of any school in the country. The 600-seater acoustically designed Dineen Auditorium includes an orchestra pit and fully computerised sound and lighting system. The Millennium Centre also has recital and rehearsal rooms, a studio theatre, wardrobe room, dressing rooms and fantastic foyer area.
The music department is a busy and exciting place. Music scholars and other talented musicians can be heard throughout the day in lessons and in practice rooms. There is a wide range of choirs, ensembles, bands and groups for students of all abilities.
The music department has an excellent Recital Room, iMAC computer suite, state of the art 24 track digital recording studio, keyboard studio, string and woodwind studios and numerous practice rooms.
Alongside curriculum music lessons, which all take in Years 7-9, students can learn one or more musical instruments, and many have individual singing lessons with specialist instrument and voice teachers.
There is a huge range of co-curricular musical activities. All these ensembles are run by our experienced full-time and peripatetic staff. Students of all standards are welcomed and there is a busy concert schedule, providing all girls with opportunities for public performance.
The quality of the theatre production is exceptional. All girls take curriculum drama lessons in Years 7-9. Drama is a popular GCSE choice with some girls choosing to continue through to A Level. Most years there are students who study drama at university and several Woldingham alumnae have forged successful acting careers. But it’s not just the drama students who take part. All girls are encouraged to be involved in theatre productions as an important part of academic and personal development.
Woldingham’s superb facilities provide students with the opportunity to take part in major productions and workshop performances of scripted and devised work, both front and back stage.
The main Dineen Auditorium has industry standard sound and lighting control rooms, scenery construction dock, wardrobe room for costume and prop construction, dressing rooms and a separate fully-equipped Studio Theatre.
We stage at least three major productions each year. The productions are always of an exceptionally high standard.
In recent years several students have been selected for the National Youth Theatre and National Youth Music Theatre.
Speech and drama lessons are available from a visiting, highly qualified peripatetic teacher. Students can take the Trinity College Graded Speech and Drama examinations at the school. Public Speaking and Communication Skills are also available for all year groups.
There is an extensive choice of lunchtime and after-school activities. Students relish the opportunity to try something new – or improve an existing skill - challenging themselves intellectually, physically and practically. Many a lifelong interest has been sparked by Woldingham girls’ energetic participation in a myriad of different activities.
ClubsFest is held at the beginning of the year where girls can sign up for the year ahead, but they can also join other clubs and activities over the year.
Current clubs and activities include: