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Activities and facilities

Here at Clay Hill School we use recreational, cultural and sporting activities as key tools to help build self-image, self-esteem and relationships. We actively encourage our young people to participate in a variety of activities according to their interests with a view to helping with areas of their development.

Access to a range of sporting facilities

Clay Hill School benefits from a very strong sports department and a range of on-site sporting facilities, including:

  • Basketball court
  • Outdoor fitness equipment
  • Football pitch
  • Extensive grounds for multi-sport use
  • Indoor sports hall and air-conditioned gym (shared with Coxlease School)

Clay Hill School has access to a range of off-site sporting facilities, including:

  • Off-road cycling
  • Sailing at Lymington Marina
  • Football pitches
  • Climbing Wall
  • Community swimming pool
  • Horse Riding

Our comprehensive physical education curriculum offers young people the chance to participate in a huge variety of sports of the course of their education, such as:

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Fishing
  • Football
  • Hockey
  • Indoor decathlon activities
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain biking
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Surfing
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Trampolining
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Young people can also participate in more formal sports programmes, such as:

  • Junior Sports Leader Awards (for Post-16 pupils)
  • Bikeability accredited training
  • Sailing lessons
  • Swimming lessons
  • Horse Riding Lessons

Learning outside the classroom

One afternoon per week is dedicated to learning outside the classroom (LOTC). These LOTC sessions are scheduled into the timetable for every pupil at Clay Hill School. Activities vary but are always objective-led and must have a clear outcome. Our LOTC programme includes:

  • Visiting local swimming baths
  • Visiting the gym
  • Visiting a bowling alley
  • Going to the cinema
  • Visiting museums
  • Visiting castles and other historic monuments
  • Gardening in the school’s horticulture area

Outdoor education

Clay Hill School places a strong emphasis on learning in the natural environment. This element of the school looks set to develop even further with the recent appointment of a new outdoor education specialist. Activities have previously included:

  • Surfing
  • Sailing
  • Forest school
  • Horse riding
  • Mountain biking
  • Environmental forest walks
  • Forest skills
  • Camping trips to Dartmoor

Community-based clubs and activities

If a young person at Clay Hill School has a particular interest then we encourage them to take part in activities by joining an off-site club or society in the local community. We will provide support to help pupils access community-based clubs: The school has its own transport and provides funds for pupils to participate in community-based activities.

Young people from Clay Hill School have previously been involved in:

  • Dungeons and Dragons clubs
  • After school football clubs
  • Bible reading class
  • Bell ringing
  • Cookery clubs
  • Lego club
  • Gym club
  • Forest skills club
  • Pottery club
  • Rock Challenge (this is a national schools event where young people present a dance/music/theatre piece based on a theme). Clay Hill School pupils got through to the 2016 regional finals in conjunction with Noadswood School

A regular programme of events and rewards

We strive to provide a full experience for all our young people with regular social and educational visits occurring throughout the year. Pupils at Clay Hill School are able to take part in a varied events programme and we regularly organise activities which bring the whole school together, such as:

  • Putting on drama productions (e.g. Alice in Wonderland)
  • Annual carol concerts at a local church ( parents/carers and local dignitaries are invited)
  • Sports day during the summer term
  • An annual summer celebration day
  • Staff .vs. Pupil football matches
  • Attending the Coxlease School annual pantomime
  • Reward trips to theme parks or places of the children’s choice
  • Guest visits from external speakers (e.g. Alex Kelly, Speaking Space Director, talking about appropriate environments for ASD pupils)
  • Guest visits with wildlife, e.g. owls, and dogs

Purpose-built facilities

Clay Hill School has a number of specialist spaces to support effective learning for pupils, including:

  • Food technology room
  • Large dining room
  • Science laboratory
  • IT Suite
  • Hall for 1:1 music lessons
  • Very large purpose-built sports hall