We are committed to providing students with opportunities to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities during their time at KCLMS. There are numerous student-led clubs and societies to get involved with, including debate, philosophy, politics, knitting, “Among Us”, Minecraft Mondays, a newly formed instrumental music club, and much more.
One of our school’s central beliefs is ensuring students have a say in what is offered and available with regards to clubs. Students are always welcome to set up new ones if they are not able to find something of interest.
Students take part in many school-based, local and national competitions and academic challenges. These are all elective and are primarily a fun and exciting way to broaden students’ academic experience beyond the classroom. Activities include the United Kingdom Maths Trust challenges and Olympiads, as well as public speaking competitions.
Although these competitions are more about taking part and enjoying oneself, we have a lot of success in them. In autumn 2020 sixteen of our students took part in the UKMT Maths Olympiad for Girls (MOG). Their results were outstanding - our best ever. Ten students’ scores placed them in the top 25% of participants, 8 of whom were in the top 10%. One of our Year 12 students attained full marks - an achievement matched by only 11 others in the UK.
We have also excelled in public speaking competitions. For instance, in Spring 2020, KCLMS won first place in the Sheriffs’ Challenge Final, a prestigious inter-London debating competition.
Ultimately, the activities programme at KCLMS provide our students with opportunities to learn the value of teamwork, individual and group responsibility, diversity, competition and a sense of culture and school community.
Our students take an active role in school life and contribute in a significant way to our community. One of the ways in which they do this is through the student council, which encourages students to get involved in issues that concern them in and around school – and indeed beyond. Having this council helps creates a feeling of belonging, foments collaboration, and improves student and teacher relationships.
Our council, the voice of the student body, focuses on listening to and representing the views of students. Everyone deserves to feel like they have a say in school and we believe that this system allows our students to have the highest level of involvement. Put simply, the student council is a force for continuous improvement at KCLMS.
The student council consists of a chair and a vice chair, and year 12 and 13 officers representing Events, Charities + Environment, and Wellbeing + Diversity. Student council elections occur annually with the elected team organising events, working collaboratively with staff on school strategy, and ensuring wellbeing is at the heart of all that we do.
We have numerous events that take place in school, including a large number of speakers delivering interactive talks so that students can participate with polls, Q&As, quizzes, etc.
Speakers come from a wide range of backgrounds and professions including science, maths, engineering, technology, economics, and investment banking. Recent virtual speakers have included Dr David Manheim, a super forecaster, who explained the value of information, and a senior trader from the investment bank JP Morgan, who introduced mathematical constructs used for market pricing.
Charities and the environment
As a school, we strongly believe that we have a duty to the people and the world around us, which is why we organise charity events to support our local community. These include charity Christmas Jumper Day, writing Christmas letters to people who might be experiencing loneliness and isolation, and organising food donations.
We also try to lower our carbon footprint and improve our school’s general environment by introducing plants to brighten up our buildings, using refillable whiteboard pens, and reducing printed materials in class. We also try to improve our sustainability and help various charities. We always welcome suggestions from teachers, students, and our general school community as to how we can make things better around us.
The King’s Certificate
The King’s Certificate is a brilliant program, whereby Year 12 students work in small groups on research projects. These projects are invariably fun and interesting and are mentored by people who are learned in the field. Previous projects include building a 3D-printer, mentored by Prof. Kawal Rhodes, who is a researcher at St. Thomas Hospital, to some more math-based projects, such as the fascinating Continued Fractions run by Emeritus Professor of Mathematics, Alice Rogers. This is only a small selection from the varied projects, so there will be something for every student. In addition, the King’s Certificate is structured so that there is not a large additional burden placed on students.