Beyond the classroom
Somervale has a long tradition of providing outdoor activities and cultural experiences for its students. These range from School Camp on the South Coast to foreign trips. The school, through its Partnership links, provides real challenges for outdoor enthusiasts such as the Ten Tors Challenge and the Duke of Edinburgh Award up to Gold standard. Within the curriculum, there are gallery and museum visits in Art, Science and D&T, Geography and History fieldwork, as well as specialised activities during Science Week.
Throughout the last week of term students have the opportunity to participate in educational visits and school based activities, giving students the experience of different skills and learning opportunities away from the normal curriculum.Students have a widerange of activities in school and out of school to choose from, including foreign visits and residential experiences which includes our annual camp to Swanage on the South Coast.
The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and Ten Tors
Through the Partnership, students have the opportunity to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh scheme at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels, developing key skills valued by employers. We also enter successful teams for the annual Ten Tors event on Dartmoor.
Sport is particularly strong at Somervale School. In 2014 the capacity to run a variety of sports through the winter months will be enhanced by the new 3 G Astro-Turf development. In Years 7 to 9, students enjoy a wide range of sports in PE lessons including netball, football, rugby, athletics, basketball, trampolining, tennis, cricket, rounders, table tennis and health related exercise. This continues into Years 10 to 13 where students can also study PE to GCSE and A level. The school makes extensive use of sports coaches, for example from Bath Rugby Club.
There is a very wide range of sporting extra-curricular activities and Somervale School has an enviable record in winning numerous leagues and competitions.
The school was awarded the prestigious Sports England Sportsmark Award in recognition of the very wide range of activities on offer and the high standards achieved. There are regular inter-tutor competitions.
The PE Department also looks to develop students through leadership programmes. A high proportion of Year 10 students, are involved in the Sports Leader Award. Somervale students also help organise festivals and run training sessions for children from local primary schools. Our School Sports Co-ordinator (SSCO) runs numerous festivals and competitions with our partner primary schools.
Somervale understands the importance of recognising and celebrating success throughout the academic year and this culminates in a prestigious sports awards dinner where numerous awards are distributed.