We offer a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities during lunch breaks and after school. Please download the documents at the bottom of this page for full details.
We produce one major musical show in February each year; students from all years are eligible to audition. Auditions for a place in the company take place in September, with rehearsals being on Tuesday and Thursday lunchtimes in the first instance, with after school rehearsals starting after the October half term.
Each November, we run a 24 hour sponsored Dramathon for 120 students from years 7 – 13: the largest sleepover in Thirsk! Students arrive at 6.30 pm, laden with cool boxes and sleeping bags and start rehearsals from scratch for a public performance on the Saturday evening! This event raises money for the department.
Each summer term we run a Lower School production (years 7 - 9), which is always shown to the incoming Year 6 as well as the general public.
Throughout the year all students have the opportunity for smaller group performances, and the studios plus Drama staff are always available. For example, Sixth Formers can put on a scripted production and the GCSE groups can rehearse and give smaller in-house performances.
The Drama department regularly runs Theatre trips to see performances as far afield as Salford and Newcastle....these trips are open to parents as well!
Furthermore, students are given every opportunity to audition for outside productions and agencies such as National Youth Theatre.
Students from the Sixth Form regularly attach themselves to main school drama lessons as part of their school service, which, of course, stands them in good stead as they apply for universities.
The music department has a strong tradition of extra-curricular music and both members of the teaching staff are very passionate about the benefits that this brings to the whole person – it’s not just about enhancing their instrumental skills!
We hold three public concerts a year and level 3 BTEC musicians take charge of the sixth form entertainment evening which is now held annually. The school ensembles have been requested to play at summer fetes in the local area and have also played at weddings and various charity events. In addition, we take part in Music For Youth and encourage budding soloists and composers to involve themselves in local festivals and competitions.
We aim to run a foreign music tour once a year, with a catalogue of places already visited across Europe.
Finally, we run trips to hear live music covering a range of genres and liaise closely with our feeder primary schools.
Please see the downloads below for details of this year's extra-curricular ensembles, concerts and dates for your diary.
Thirsk School Physical Education department offer a wide variety of sporting opportunities for all our pupils. All practices are free of charge and are open to everyone and encourage all pupils to regularly attend at least one session per week.
Lunchtime activities are designed to provide recreational sport in as wide a selection of sports as possible. Pupils are organised by a member of staff into mini competitions/games and encouraged to play. Help and support is provided where necessary. After school practices are aimed to improve performance: staff facilitate activities that challenge students to improve their performance.
Numerous fixtures - both friendly and competitive - are organised and any pupil who regularly attends lunchtime or after school practices will have the opportunity to represent the school. Talented pupils are nominated for area trials and if successful, may go on to represent the county.
For the latest PE extra-curricular timetable, please click on the document at the bottom of the page.
To view the latest PE results from fixtures, please click here.