Activities, clubs and societies

The confidence, roundedness, sense of perspective and fun obtained through co-curricular activities are an essential part of a GSAL education.

As a large school with outstanding facilities we can support a varied programme of sport, music and drama as well as catering for a wide range of other interests. The house system ensures that students can try new things and have fun as part of a team.

Sport

Our teams play regular fixtures against other schools and enjoy great success in local, regional and national tournaments. As well as the major team sports of netball, rugby, hockey and football, our students can play rounders, squash, badminton, table tennis and basketball. With our own pool, our swimmers can train regularly and compete at a high level, and runners can train on our track or cross country course. Whatever your sport, you can work on your fitness with our well-equipped gym and weights room.

In recent years our teams have won seven national netball titles and one national rugby title, and have regularly progressed to compete in the finals of national competitions. On an individual level, our students have earned selection to county and national teams in netball, rugby, rounders, golf and table tennis.

To view our dedicated sports site please visit www.gsalsport.org.uk

Music

Our purpose-built music school houses classrooms, a recital room, music technology suites, instrumental teaching and practice rooms. Most instruments can be taught in school, and there is a wide choice of ensembles on offer to students catering for all levels of musical experience, which meet before and after school, and at lunchtimes. These groups all have a chance to perform during the year, at regular concerts in school and in venues around Leeds.

Currently our musicians have the opportunity to play in the symphony orchestra, concert bands, a jazz ensemble, swing band and smaller ensembles for specific instruments. Singers can join a choice of choirs ranging from a barbershop or small a capella group to the main Senior School choir.

Drama

With our own purpose-built theatre we can host productions throughout the year, normally with a musical involving all year groups each autumn, and a variety of plays and shows at other times. In recent years the annual outdoor Shakespeare production by Years 7 to 9 has been a summer highlight. Students can hone their technical skills too, learning about light and sound and other roles behind the scenes.

Duke of Edinburgh, cadets and scouts

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award is perennially popular, supported by our professional outdoor learning team. Year 10 students can work towards their bronze award and many progress through the silver and gold awards too.

The cub and scout pack is the largest in Leeds, and its annual camp is one of the highlights of the year. Our Combined Cadet Force (CCF) is run in partnership with David Young Community Academy in Leeds, and our cadets meet weekly for parades, and regularly go off site for activities including flying lessons and take part in weekend and annual camps.

Extending academic interests

Senior School students enthusiastically test their intellectual abilities by entering national competitions such as computing, maths, physics and biology Olympiads, the Royal Chemistry Society’s Top of the Bench competition and enterprise challenges such as the Real Business Challenge.

We also run a range of clubs and societies that enable students to explore their academic interests and develop technical skills, such as computing and software engineering, geographical information systems (GIS), philosophy, art history and literary societies.

Debating is a popular activity across all year groups, with opportunities to compete in local and national competitions.

“Our students benefit from an exceptional range of sporting, artistic, intellectual and physical co-curricular pursuits. Thanks to our dedicated staff and our wonderful facilities, we can cater for a breathtaking range of pupil interests and passions. Every day is busy, vibrant and buzzing with energy.”

Chris  Freeman, Assistant Deputy Head (Pastoral & Co-curricular)

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