Clubs, Trips & Extra-curricular

After School Clubs

At St John’s we recognise the importance of interest and hobbies outside of the classroom and we encourage all students to take part in clubs for at least two hours a week – a wide range of activities such as sport, arts, music, hobbies, volunteering, mentoring, homework clubs, and booster sessions are on offer.  Research has proven that young people who do take part in extra curricular activities have increased confidence, higher self-esteem, and greater social skills – attributes we are keen to nurture to ensure our students succeed in life.

Where appropriate, we are now giving parents the opportunity to pay for the club for the whole year.  The cost of this option is shown on the Permission Slip.  Please note we will only be able to refund this option if the course does not run for the number of weeks shown.

St John’s Opportunity Fund provides money to subsidise the cost of clubs to help ensure that young people do not miss out because of financial constraints at home.  This funding is automatically available to students who are entitled to Free School Meals.  If your family income is less than £25,000pa a 50% discount off the cost of any of the activities is available. Please provide a copy of your current tax year Tax Credit Notice Form (TC602) if this is the case.  

St John’s offers a wide variety of extra-curricular clubs and activities, some of which are run by community groups. Please visit our external clubs pages for more information on other clubs held at St John’s (see Weblinks below), or download the latest clubs letter from the Downloads section below.


Lunchtime Clubs

Quite a few clubs run in school during lunchtime, and do not require payment.  See the Lunchtime Clubs PDF in the “Downloads” section below.

Homework Club

Homework club runs daily at lunchtime in F240. Show My Homework (Satchel One)

Sports clubs

Check out downloads below for the latest sports report. You can keep up to date with our sports news by following @StJohns_PE on Twitter.

Private Music Lessons

Private teachers provide most of the instrumental tuition at St John’s.  Tuition fees for lessons are not set by St John’s and are paid directly to the individual teachers according to their usual rates.  All students should have their own instrument.

Lessons are given during school hours (making maximum use of breaks and lunchtime) and are organised on a rota basis so that students do not miss the same lesson each week. Sixth Form students may be able to use their study periods if they prefer. Students are responsible for undertaking to make up work missed. Students have the opportunity to take ABRSM, Trinity and Rockschool examinations on all instruments.

Students are encouraged to take part in one of the many music ensembles on offer, including the school Orchestra, Choir, Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Woodwind Group and Rock Club as well as many other student-led groups. There are plenty of performance opportunities during the year including evening multiple concerts, the Christmas Carol Concert at St Mary’s and the Savernake and Stedman Cup competitions.

The music faculty at St John’s is exceptional. Our facilities include a recording studio, 2 classrooms, an ensemble music room, and a number of practice rooms where instrumental music lessons are taught.

See Downloads below for the latest Music Lessons Letter & application form link.

After Clubs Transport

Only a few regular bus services offer transport from St John’s after 4pm as follows:

  • Stagecoach service No. 42 to Calne: 16.40
  • Stagecoach service No. 48 to Swindon: 16.40
  • Swindon Bus Co. service No. 20 to Hungerford: 16.58.

If none of these services are suitable, you will need to make your own arrangements for transportation home following an after-school club.

Trips and Visits

The availability of student trips and visits has been severely limited sue to Covid-19 restrictions. This situation is continually monitored and we will reinstate trips as soon as we are able.

The St John’s curriculum is enhanced by a variety of school trips, including many visits to theatres, museums, lectures, to name a few. In addition, a full range of other activities are on offer. In years past we have visited China, Gambia, Italy, Greece, France, Germany, Spain, and the USA.

  • Y8 upwards – Skiing Course
  • Y8 upwards – Watersports Course
  • Years 8 -10 – German Exchange in Vahingen an der Enz *
  • Year 9 – Chinese exchange trip
  • Year 9 – French Exchange trip with Limoges *
  • Year 9 upwards – History Field Trip – Year 9 Battlefields
  • Year 9 upwards – Geography Field Trip – Year 10 Lulworth Cove
  • Year 10-13 – Spanish Language Trip
  • Year 11-13 Art Trips to Paris, Barcelona, Rome or New York
  • Year 13 – Biology Field Trip – Pembrokeshire
  • Year 13 – Earth Science trip to Exmoor

* It is highly desirable that all children learning French and German should join in an exchange at least once.

All trips payments are managed through the Link opens in a new tab. ParentPay website (link opens in a new tab).