Extracurricular Activities

Students at all campuses can get involved in a large variety of extracurricular activities covering many interests.

Southbank offers a dynamic range of extracurricular activities that are both skill-based and rewarding emphasising strengths and enhancing skills across all programmes and campuses:


Primary Years Extracurricular Activities

There are a wide selection of extracurricular activities and clubs for our students to join at our Kensington and Hampstead campuses. Details of our activities programme are sent out at the beginning of each term and are subject to change, according to demand and interests.

The range of activities on our primary campuses may include:

  • Choir
  • Football
  • Ukelele
  • Textile Art
  • Drama
  • Ballet
  • Gymnastics
  • Fencing
  • Chess
  • Science Club
  • Rock Climbing
  • Cookery
  • Paint and Wear
  • Lego
  • Mini Tennis
  • Volunteering Club

Middle Years Extracurricular Activities

Students at Portland Place can take part in a variety of activities outside of lessons to enhance their enjoyment of reading and writing, mathematics, drama, music and sport. For example:

  • The Creative Writers Club – This club involves a group of students working together to collaborate and create meaningful pieces of work in the form of poetry, short stories and media activities. Together they look at exploring words, ideas and images. They also enter writing contests and students get the opportunity to meet with a poet and take part in poetry workshops.
  • Mathematics – Both support and enrichment mathematics groups are offered after school and at lunchtime. Enthusiastic mathematicians are welcome to attend the enrichment classes where challenging questions and new approaches to solving problems are explored. Each year there is a Europe-wide mathematics competition (ISMTF) and students spend some time preparing for the competition. There are mathematics support classes open to all ages.
  • Actors’ Club – This Club consists of drama games and activities that build towards rehearsals for school plays and musicals.
  • Varsity Sport – The P&HE department’s activities cover a range of sports at competitive and non-competitive levels. Southbank is a member of the International School Sports Association (ISSA), and students regularly compete in Varsity tournaments, which take them to other schools across Europe. Students who wish to be involved in after-school sport may do so after being registered by their parents.
  • Global Issues Network – (GIN Club) is an active component of international schools around the world. The purpose of GIN is to have motivated students examine and discuss major current event issues. The emphasis is on student leadership in Grades 7-10. The programme includes conferences at locations in Europe.
  • US Academic Pentathlon – Students prepare for the five academic events they will complete in regional, state and national competitions, all online against the top teams from each state in the USA. Students compete for national academic standings in events.
  • London Exploration Society – Students are invited to explore some well-known landmarks as well as some hidden gems of the capital.

Diploma Programme Extracurricular Activities

Conway Street offers students a dynamic range of extracurricular activities that are both skill-based and rewarding.

  • Music – For those interested in pursuing an instrument, playing in an ensemble or orchestra, or singing in the choir, there are plenty of opportunities within the school. We have rock groups, a choir, a string orchestra, a jam session and many singers and instrumentalists. Evening concerts and musical showcases are held each term. Students perform at the end of term Town Meetings and sometimes at the Grade 12 Graduation ceremony. Suzuki lessons continue at Westminster to support and develop the Suzuki philosophy. In addition, individual private lessons are available for students interested in developing their instrumental and vocal ability.
  • Drama – Students are welcome to audition for theatre productions, and to help out with lighting and sound in the school’s theatre. Rehearsals take place twice a week, with some flexibility regarding other activities. Joining this club rehearsing for the school play is a large commitment in time, work and energy. The Drama Club helps to develop short comedy sketches and aims to put on a show at some point in the summer.
  • Model United Nations (MUN) – MUN is a challenging and rewarding activity for students in Grades 10-12 who have an interest in current events and international affairs, and who wish to develop their skills of communication and debate. Southbank normally participates in two MUN conferences each year, in Paris and The Hague.
  • Newspaper Club – ‘The Coffee Stain’ – The Newspaper club allows students to develop their journalism and graphic design skills. Students write, edit and learn how to organise each Coffee Stain issue.
  • US Academic Decathlon – National High School Competition – This is a prestigious academic competition in the United States. Students prepare for the ten academic events they will compete in during the national. Students compete for university scholarship money and for national academic standings in events.
  • Yearbook Club – Southbank Westminster publishes an annual yearbook, given to each student. The yearbook contains photographs and articles which serve as a record of the Southbank community’s memorable events and activities for the year as well as documenting daily life at school.
  • Robotics Club – Students have the opportunity to design and build robotic models and ultimately compete internationally for awards. This is highly regarded by US universities in particular. Each year, students are invited to propose their own student-led clubs.