Pupils value the opportunities they are given to pursue interests beyond the classroom and many achieve success in them.

ISI, April 2022

An exciting offer of co-curricular activities in academic, sporting and creative subjects, coupled with our small size, enables pupils to have a high degree of participation. Excellent use is made of the museums, theatres, galleries and other learning environments in and around London.


Early in Year 7 pupils enjoy three days in Norfolk where, along with outdoor activities such as climbing, abseiling and raft-building, they are introduced to the school’s values and ethos and the importance of building positive relationships.

At the start of Year 10 pupils attend a residential camp to think through their approach to GCSEs and expand their study skills techniques. They also take part in team building activities such as climbing and high ropes challenges.

The curriculum is enhanced by making extensive use of London’s museums, galleries and theatres. Field trips take place in the local area as well as further afield.

Every overseas trip enhances learning. Pupils have the opportunity to visit art galleries and other attractions of cities in France and Spain and to practise their language skills. Recent geography and science trips have included Italy to see Mount Vesuvius, Pompeii and Herculaneum and Iceland where pupils studied the glacial landscape.

Our annual trip to Tanzania won an Independent Schools Association Award: “Outstanding Contribution for International Understanding” in recognition of its unique grassroots nature. Older pupils have the opportunity to take part in this two week trip to work with Go Make A Difference in Tanzania. The teams build goat sheds, water tanks and support local health initiatives, schools and reforestation.

As well as raising money for their personal trip costs, pupils fundraise for the projects, in 2019/2020 raising over £20,000. The opportunity to work alongside villagers in rural Africa provides an insight into the challenges of life in a developing world country. Pupils return more focused, open-minded and reflective.

Thames provides an imaginative range of co-curricular activities in academic, sporting and creative subjects. Our small size enables pupils to have a high degree of participation.

Pupils participate in national competitions such as the Newsquest Young Reporter Scheme, Young Writers competitions, UKMT Maths Challenge, British Biology Olympiad and Biology Challenge, Royal Society of Chemistry Top of the Bench, Spanish Spelling Bee and Independent Schools Association competitions.

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award gives pupils the opportunity to gain skills and grow in confidence, giving them an advantage when applying for university and beyond.

Co-curricular clubs typically include: chess, choir, Christian Union, computer programming, community involvement, dance, debating, dissections, drama, fashion & textiles, international culture & food, Italian, life drawing, orchestral ensemble, school newspaper and woodwork.