Hereford Cathedral School prides itself on the range of activities it offers both during lunchtimes and after school. These include Sport and Games, Drama, Music, the Combined Cadet Force, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and a whole host of clubs.
All students are strongly encouraged and given the opportunity to get involved with the rich programme we offer from the time that they join the Sixth Form.
The Combined Cadet Force (currently 170 strong) provides a range of exciting activities for cadets to participate in many of the major annual cadet competitions. The CCF encompasses the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme, Bronze through to Gold. The Corps also organises regular expeditions within the UK and abroad.
The CCF enjoys regular Field Activity Days and Annual Camps, again both in the UK and abroad. Depending on age, cadets can participate in some of the following activities (diving, parachuting, leadership development, sailing, flying and exchange trips abroad). Many of these courses are supplied by the Military of Defence for free.
Hereford Cathedral School CCF is one of the oldest in the UK and was in existence as early as 1894 and operating at the time under the name of the Queen Victoria’s Volunteers. It was formally established by a War Office Order in 1902. Many Old Herefordian’s lost their lives fighting in the First World War serving with the First Herefordshire Regiment. HCS CCF continues its strong link with the Armed Forces to this day.
There is a Classical Society running theatre and lecture trips and staging an annual drama production is open to all interested Sixth Formers.
The Drama Department stages a number of productions throughout the year, many of which are open to Sixth Formers. Students are encouraged to participate as actors/actresses, members of backstage and technical teams, or to assist with direction.
The Economics Department organises the ‘Millionaires Club’ where Sixth Form Economists run this lower school activities for budding entrepreneurs! In addition, Sixth Form Economists also enter the Bank of England’s prestigious ‘Target 2.0’ Competition every year. We are running a ‘Great Economists’ lecture series in the autumn term which consists of eight sessions from Adam Smith to Marx Keynes, Victorian Economics to the present day. This takes place every Thursday at 4 pm in Number One Building.
Members of the Sixth Form largely run the highly regarded Debating Society. Regular debates are held, and national competitions including the Oxford and Cambridge Union Competitions and the English Speaking Union Mace are entered each year.
The English Department promotes creative writing. The Wallpaper (the Hereford Cathedral School newspaper, composed and published by students) has recently founded a Press Club. There is also an annual presentation of writing and music for and by Sixth Formers.
The Departments based in the Portman Centre run clubs for Art, Jewellery, Pottery, Design Technology and Textiles. The Clive Richards’ Computer Rooms (which are supplemented by the computer suite in the Gilbert Library) are open for general use on Monday to Friday at lunchtime and after school. Members of the Sixth Form also have full access to their own computers in the Sixth Form Centre.
The Geography Department promotes external lectures through the Herefordshire Geographical Association including an annual lecture morning dedicated to Sixth Formers.
The History Department is proactive in its field. The History Department is involved in the Historical Association. Year 7 pupils visit castles of Herefordshire, Year 9 pupils go to WWI battlefields whilst the GCSE/A Level students have the opportunity to visit Moscow and St Petersburg.
The Music Department promotes numerous choral and Orchestral Groups throughout Hereford Cathedral School, many of which are open to Sixth Formers.
There is Japanese as a language option.
There is a variety of other clubs taking place at Hereford Cathedral School; Challenge Quiz Teams and Photography. Chess takes place at lunchtime and after school – Maths staff providing coaching and organise competitions and tournaments. Chess can act as skills towards the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
The School has its own Climbing Clubs. These outdoor pursuits, along with the Combined Cadet Force and Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme give opportunities for qualifications in flying, gliding, canoeing, climbing and the like. They also underpin Orienteering, which is particularly strong.