Extra Curricular Opportunities
The range of extra-curricular activities on offer at Thomas Adams is quite amazing. The School enjoys the facilities provided by having a Sports Centre on site and the municipal swimming pool within walking distance. These, together with the extensive playing fields, ensure first class provision for indoor and outdoor sport including; Football, Cricket, Athletics, Cross-Country, Swimming, Tennis, Table Tennis, Gymnastics, Badminton, Rounders, Volleyball, Basketball, Netball and a range of individual interests. There are a wide range of clubs and teams to complement the provision for sport in lesson time. Adams students have achieved success and honours at Area, County and National level and our teams have regularly won County titles.
The School’s music centre offers excellent facilities and there are many weekly musical activities open to students e.g. Choirs, Taiko Drumming, Brass Group Orchestra, Big Band and Little Big Band! As well as these groups, there are regular opportunities for all types of music, from chamber to rock. There are regular performances throughout the year in which students, parents and staff take part both in and outside of school. Some are large scale concerts, but there are other events such as recital evenings. There is also a school show each year in which many students get involved as singers and performers. Many students opt to have instrumental lessons at Thomas Adams at a subsidised rate. The range of instruments on offer includes the full range of String, Woodwind and Brass instruments as well as Voice, Guitar and Percussion. We also offer much expertise in Music Technology and have excellent recording facilities.
Thomas Adams also has an extremely strong tradition of performance-related events that cater for a wide variety of tastes and abilities. Some, such as the ‘A’ level and GCSE drama evenings, are closely tied into timetabled drama lessons, whilst others are open to all Years and often bring together students from across the Year groups.
The major production of the year tends to take place in October and past performances include: “Les Miserables”, “West Side Story”, “Oliver”, “Cabaret”, “Fiddler on the Roof” and “Anything Goes”. These usually involve over one hundred students drawn from every class in the School. Music and dance play an important part in these shows and several months of rehearsal culminate in nearly 1000 people attending the final performances in the Stanier Hall. Smaller and often more intimate performances take place in the Drama Studio.
There are a range of media-based clubs and extra-curricular activities, such as Animation and Photography based in our Media Department, which give students the opportunity to make use of the latest equipment and technology. The School has enjoyed success in film production, for example, and has carried off a national film award for the quality of its work.
Overall, many opportunities exist for students to participate in a variety of activities and visits both at home and abroad. These range from activities closely related to the curriculum (e.g. field work in Biology and Geography, visits to mosques or castles, a study or exchange visit to France or Germany) to visits of a more recreational nature e.g. Arthog, PGL, visits to Italy, visit to Cologne Christmas Markets, ski trips etc. Many clubs and activities take place in the lunch hour or after school e.g. Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme at Bronze and Gold levels for students aged 14+, Computer Club and a variety of Sports clubs to complement our music, drama and media activities.
There are a variety of theatre visits for all age groups, ranging from stop-overs in London to evening performances in Stoke, Liverpool or Birmingham. Productions take in all interests from Shakespeare to pantomime. Students can always stay on in school to study and the Library and IT rooms are open for use at lunchtime and after school.