"We loved how our daughter was not overloaded with hours of homework, ensuring she had a life out of school to enjoy." Parent 2013
A huge range of clubs and societies exist at WHS - we think school should be fun, and the value of the co-curricular in boosting self-confidence is well proven. We encourage students to develop their interests, share their passions and try something new. Clubs are often organised and nearly always run by 6th Formers, so taking part is also a great way to get to know the wider WHS community.
Our Club Fest at the beginning of the school year is a showcase for the range of opportunities on offer: many types of sports*, including basketball, dance, gymnastics, also chess, creative writing, cryptic crosswords, debating, gardening, mah jong, poetry, science...
The school bursts with musical and creative talent. Plays and musicals, formal concerts and musical soirees where girls perform their own compositions are all regularly performed in the Rutherford Centre, our fully equipped theatre. 80% of our students learn a musical instrument - many in school time - and on any normal school day, music can often be heard somewhere on the site. For girls who shun the limelight but who nevertheless want to be involved in productions, there is the chance to help with lighting and sound, or stage design.
For a physical challenge, there are also opportunities to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme and World Challenge expeditions.
From Year 11, all students particpate in Enrichment Afternoon once a week, where they can take 6-week courses in a variety of subjects, from Mandarin to dissection, or maybe volunteer in a local initiative. The aim is to learn something different, something that is unusual and, very importantly, something that doesn’t have an exam at the end.