More Than Lessons: How To Get More From School

Oct 19, 2020

Your school has so much more to offer than just the classroom. At every school, there is so much going on that creates a great community that you can be a part of. What’s more, lots of events at school can be a great way to give you the experience, knowledge and skills development that you can use throughout your whole life. So, what do you want to get involved with?

Join Clubs

Many schools offer a range of after-school clubs from board games to art club to languages and everything in between. After school clubs can be a great way to have fun, meet new people and also expand your skills. 

Most schools will have a noticeboard for events or will announce new clubs during the day. However, you can also ask the school administrator who should know about all the activities going on. 

Remember, if you can’t find a club you like, you can start one yourself! This is a great way to show your initiative and bring together like-minded individuals.   

Play A Sport

Playing sports not only helps to improve your health and fitness levels (as well as improving your technique and sports ability) but it also releases a rush of feel-good hormones called endorphins. While after a hard day of learning you may not feel like running around playing sports, we guarantee you’ll feel so much better afterwards. 

You’ll meet people from all years in a sports club and quickly see your own improvement in the game. You may even play for the school team or compete in tournaments too!  

Duke Of Edinburgh Award

The DoE award is something that many schools sign up for, and it is a fantastic way to build your resilience and teamworking and can be a great way to gain skills and friends. What’s more, colleges and universities look favourably on the Duke of Edinburgh award, and it can be a fantastic achievement that you’ll be so proud of. 

You can find out more about the award and what’s involved here.


Lots of schools have links in the community to a variety of volunteering opportunities where you can make a real difference to organisations and individuals. It may be going to visit care homes and chatting to the residents; perhaps you can help out at local animal sanctuaries. Alternatively, there may be local youth clubs or community projects that you can support.

Further afield, you may want to volunteer for certain movements and causes and help spread the word in your local area or run fundraising initiatives to help charities around the world. 

If they’re not in place already, your school is likely to support you with any good cause that you want to set up. Don’t be afraid to ask! 

So, with these options in mind, you can really make the most out of your time at school and build skills, memories and achievements that last a lifetime!

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