Pupil playing violin
Pupil playing violin



The depth and range of our extra-curricular activities is one of the keys to our success. Over the course of the year, our girls take part in a fantastic array of artistic, dramatic, musical and sporting pursuits, of which every girl can find something that she enjoys. There is always a bustling atmosphere at Channing with clubs taking place before, during and after school. The clubs are designed to encourage our girls to try something new; to develop existing interests and skills; and build commitment and resilience. But above all, to have fun!  

Our clubs vary slightly from term to term, which allows girls from Years 1 – 6 the opportunity to sign up for a new club three times a year. After settling in during the Autumn term, the girls in Reception can join clubs in the Spring term.  Examples of clubs include:

Our extra-curricular clubs are run by Channing staff, including our Music, PE, Art and Drama specialist teachers. After-school clubs are led by external providers and add to the wealth of activities on offer. 


The Music Department is a buzzing and exciting part of the school where we nurture, foster and encourage potential. Throughout the year, there are many musical opportunities to challenge and stimulate our girls, as well as for them to enjoy.

We have a comprehensive and systematic curriculum in place which includes ukulele and recorder playing. All girls in Key Stage 2 sing in the school choir and Key Stage 1 girls have the opportunity to take part in a string group experience. We also provide extensive extra-curricular activities with our dedicated and specialist team of Visiting Music Staff. Ensembles include brass, woodwind, strings, and the challenging, vocal ensemble. Almost half of all Junior School girls enjoy weekly one-to-one music tuition and celebrate examination success with the Associated Board of the Royal School of Music. Year 6 pupils often secure places in the National Children’s Orchestra and at specialist Saturday morning music schools.

Performance opportunities

Every girl who learns an instrument, whether in school or externally, is given numerous opportunities to perform. These range from Form Assemblies, Music Assemblies, Christmas Productions, the Upper KS2 Production, and the Spring Concert. Girls are also invited to play music each week in our whole school assembly.

There are many ensembles to participate in: Year 1 and 2 String Group, Wind Band, Brass Ensemble, Fairseat Orchestra; and, for the more experienced musicians, the Spears Vocal Ensemble and Spears String Ensemble. There are weekly rehearsals for girls in the KS2 choir and numerous opportunities for them to perform regularly.


Our aim is to provide opportunities for the girls to try a range of different sports. The emphasis is on leading a healthy and active lifestyle whilst also developing a life-long learning for sport. 

In addition to the clubs offered by our specialist PE staff, which include Ultimate Frisbee, Tag Rugby, UniHockey and Rhythmic Gymnastics to name just a few, we also utilise many external sports coaches. These clubs are run by specialists, who are expertise in their field. Some examples of the recent clubs are: Jazz, Karate, Fencing, Gymnastics, SLAM Fitness and Tennis. 

In Key Stage Two, the girls are also invited to participate in competitive fixtures against local schools in sports such as: Football, Cricket, Netball, Athletics and Cross Country. We are continuing to develop our links with local sports clubs, which has encouraged many of our pupils to join local teams and play outside of school. 


There are many events held during the school year when we celebrate and share each other’s success. These include: Harvest Festival, Christmas Concerts, Drama Productions and Founders’ Day. In addition, the PE department hosts a variety of events, which promote healthy competition, such as: Half termly House Competition days, a Park Run once a fortnight, Healthy Schools Week and an annual Sports Day.

Visits and trips

To enhance and enrich the curriculum, all year groups take advantage of our excellent location by visiting the many museums, galleries and landmarks that London has on offer. In addition, Years 4, 5 and 6 have the opportunity to take part in a residential trip in order to develop their independence, confidence, resilience and collaborative skills.