Our vibrant programme of clubs and societies help develop pupils’ self-confidence, organisation, team working and leadership skills, as well as providing interests for life and a chance to make new friends.
There are currently more than 100 lunchtime and after school clubs and societies on offer at the Upper. Students can explore international diplomacy in the Model United Nations club, make links between the classical world and our own in Lyceum, create everything from comics and craft to robots, and even learn to bake.
We actively encourage students to form societies and we can even provide seed funding to help them get started.
The list below gives just a flavour of what is on offer.
- The 42
The 42 brings in a varied range of experts at the top of their field to share their research and experiences with pupils. Students have the opportunity to attend up to 20 lectures each year on a varied range of subjects. Topics fall well outside the boundaries of the school curriculum, and frequently cross disciplinary boundaries. For more detail see the 42 society page.
- Film Making
Students direct the focus of this club, leading activities and sharing their knowledge and experience. They choose the kind of films they want to make: animations, documentaries or drama.
- Programming Society
Whether complete beginner or seasoned pro, Programming Society welcomes students to develop their skills. The club offers the opportunity for students to take part in national computing competitions and work towards certificates that recognise their burgeoning programming skills.
- Science Club
There’s just not enough time in lessons to pack in all of the brilliant ideas our students have for experiments and investigations. In Science Club activities range from solving murders to exploring pond life, making slime to setting off fireworks. This weekly club for pupils in Years 7 to 9 is also a great place for our budding young scientists to pick up ideas for their very own scientific research.
- Christel House Club
This weekly club is designed for those who are interested in learning about different cultures whilst improving their art and craft skills. The Perse has a close relationship with the Christel House School in Bangalore. Three projects take place each year (usually focused on producing literacy resources for the pupils), and in the past have included the creation of an illustrated alphabet to be displayed in the Christel House classroom and a storybook for kindergarten pupils.
- Modern Foreign Languages
We are pleased to offer a range of extra-curricular language options to our students. Students can choose from Japanese, Mandarin and Italian GCSE. These courses usually run for two years, with students attending both lunchtime and after school sessions.
- Music Sequencing Club
Weekly meetings of the Music Sequencing Club provide students with the opportunity to develop their music technology skills. Pupils learn to compose and arrange music using Mixcraft sequencing software, as well as learning how to edit sounds, and mix and balance them. Students also have sessions on how to add effects to their compositions such as ‘reverb’, ‘delay’ and ‘chorus’, and loop and manipulate samples into their work.
- Bodywork Dance Club
Whatever a student’s dancing ability, Bodywork Dance Club provides an opportunity to try street dance, contemporary and jazz. In the weekly lunchtime sessions pupils learn new routines, many of which are showcased in the annual Bodywork outreach show.
Golf Club has become increasingly popular at The Perse. Each year, the School enters a junior team into the Inter Schools’ Golf Challenge Competition, which is held at Cambridge Lakes. The teams also compete in the ISGA matchplay and stroke play competitions. The senior golf team for those in Years 9 to the Upper Sixth, regularly plays at the Gog Magog Golf Club, and they recently reached the national finals of the ISGA competition. Pupils can improve their skills at weekly meetings after school during the Summer term.