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Manchester High School for Girls

Extra-Curricular Activities

Developing as individuals

Academic excellence isn’t achieved through subject lessons alone. Our extra-curricular programme allows girls to pursue existing passions and discover new ones.

So many new things to try…
There’s no such thing as a ‘typical’ Manchester High girl and
this is reflected in the wide variety of clubs and societies on
offer at lunchtimes and after school. From Cryptography Club
to our Debating Society, Bollywood Dancing to Growing and
Gardening, we cater for all ages and interests.

Having fun and feeling fit
At Manchester High we are passionate about the value of physical activity. Not only does it sharpen concentration and academic performance, it develops leadership and team working skills and promotes a positive body image. PE lessons are a vital part of our curriculum but many girls choose to participate in school sport in their spare time. As well as traditional sports such as hockey, netball, rounders and athletics, there are opportunities to experience activities such as rock climbing, water polo, taekwondo and track cycling.

Inspiring creativity
We believe creative subjects, such as Art, Music and Drama, encourage pupils to make independent decisions and develop the ability to be self-critical. Alongside the set timetable we encourage girls to explore all aspects of performance. We believe that the skills associated with taking to the stage
– the discipline of practice, the ability to develop a sense of togetherness with peers and the capacity to convey confidence – are all vital transferable skills.

The annual school production, which has brought musicals such as Hairspray, Little Shop of Horrors and South Pacific to Manchester High, provides a wealth of opportunities for girls to get involved both on stage and behind the scenes. Our modern dance studio is always put to good use and musicians can choose from choirs, orchestras, string groups, jazz and wind bands.

Out and about

The Manchester High experience goes far beyond the School’s walls, with pupils regularly heading out on fascinating and eye-opening trips. Whether it’s taking part in mock trials at Manchester Crown Court, becoming engrossed by exhibitions at some of the country’s most celebrated galleries or delving beneath the land’s surface to discover caverns and grottos, there is much to explore.

Girls also have opportunities to take part in life-changing adventures abroad; from Modern Foreign Language trips across Europe, where girls immerse themselves in another language, to destinations a little further afield, such as a sports tour to Sri Lanka or a Geography and Physics expedition to Arizona’s Grand Canyon.