We feel it important, for both physical and social reasons, that all students participate in compulsory Games every week in an activity of their choice. We encourage students with a talent for one of the school's major sports are to opt for that sport so that the individual can continue to make progress, but also to contribute to the maintenance of the high standards of our representative teams.
We cater for a diversity of interests during Games.
Major School Sports - Winter
Rugby: The senior section of rugby at Kirkham has three teams, a 1st XV, 2nd XV and U16 XV. The aim is to provide the opportunity for all senior students to play rugby at an appropriate level if they choose to play. The senior teams play each Saturday and occasionally on Wednesday afternoons. Our fixture list is constantly expanding and we travel across the country to play tough, prestigious matches to test our abilities. The school continues to produce many excellent 1st XVs, Schools' Internationals, North of England and County players. The school also runs a rigorous Sevens Programme with teams taking part in many regional and national competitions.
BOYS AND GIRLS
Swimming: The school runs very successful swimming teams up to and including senior level for boys and girls. Senior swimmers are most welcome given the positive influence they exert over younger swimmers, and the considerable input they make in their own right.
Volleyball: The school operates a Senior Volleyball Club. This is open to all players in the Fifth and Sixth Form. The team plays regularly in the Preston and District Volleyball League which runs throughout the Winter and Spring Terms. Training for the Volleyball Squad takes place once every week.
Hockey: KGS continues to be a strong force in girls’ hockey throughout the North West of England. Both the 1st XI and 2nd XI have a full fixture programme on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Excellence is promoted through a regular training programme which operates outside curriculum time. Such commitment is rewarded with trips abroad and a healthy enjoyment of sport. The senior girls have recently enjoyed challenging hockey tours to Cyprus (in 2004), Barcelona (in 2005), Barbados (in February 2008) and Dublin (October 2009) and Barbados in 2011.
Major School Sports - Summer
Cricket: 1st, 2nd and 3rd XI teams are fielded regularly each week with matches being played against teams from Lancashire, Yorkshire, Cumbria and the MCC. Winter nets take place after Christmas, and during the summer, training takes place twice a week.
Athletics: It is becoming extremely difficult to arrange many senior girls' athletics matches, as the majority of schools that we regularly compete against throughout the year do not field teams at this age group. However, though the girls do not compete on a weekly basis, a large number assist the PE Department in the coaching of our younger athletes and the organisation and running of all of our home athletics matches. Those with outstanding performances are nominated for Lancashire Schools' trials.
Tennis: We have a first class facility for tennis; the Astroturf converts to twelve tennis courts. Many senior girls take the opportunity to play, some at a social level and some to a competitive level. Regular practice sessions operate outside curriculum time. Regular fixtures against local schools take place during Wednesday afternoon games and on Saturdays.
Sixth Form students who do not take part in school teams take part in a popular programme of sporting activities every Wednesday afternoon at Ribby Hall, a modern sports complex situated a short walk from the school campus. Students can take part in badminton, squash, aerobics and swimming.
A team of Sixth Form boys regularly plays a friendly football game with a team of teachers after school on Friday evenings.
Extra-Curricular Activities: Clubs and Societies
The school boasts a wide range of clubs and societies and pupils are strongly encouraged to participate. All operate under the auspices of the Pupils Voice School Council. They may take place on any lunchtime during the week or after school. Clubs and societies fluctuate from year to year but the following are examples of some of the more popular and enduring:
Arts & Crafts; Chess; Climbing; Debating; Drama; Duke of Edinburgh;
Environmental Action Group; Music; Public Speaking; Scribblers;
Ski Society; Staff/Student Discussion Group; Young Engineers; Young Enterprise
Extra-Curricular Activities: the Combined Cadet Force
Consisting of the Army and Air Force Sections, the CCF numbers over 200 cadets and is a voluntary activity, which is very popular among Sixth Formers. There is a Field Day away from school every term and three annual camps during the school holidays. Sixth Formers fill leadership roles as NCOs and equip themselves with teamwork, problem solving and disciplinary skills, which serve them well in later life. There is strong emphasis on outdoor pursuits such as water sports, fell-walking, orienteering, flying, abseiling, shooting and assault courses. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme is also available.
Extra-Curricular Activities: the House System
The House System is major feature of Sixth Form life at KGS, and all students have the opportunity to play their part. Four Houses, led by Sixth Formers as House Captains, Vice Captains and helpers, contest some 28 different events each year.
Drama is taken seriously both within and outside the curriculum. It is offered as an academic subject to GCSE and A-level. There is a major production annually, the most recent being Shakespeare's "Midsummer Night's Dream", and Sixth Form students take part in a large number of theatre visits both locally and further afield. Large numbers of pupils undertake LAMDA (London Association of Music and Dramatic Arts) awards.
Apart from its place in the formal curriculum, musical activity is greatly encouraged throughout the school. There are various school choirs, an orchestra and wind band, as well as other more informal groups. Interest is stimulated by an annual Inter-House Music Festival, which regularly attracts more than 250 participants. An annual programme of some ten concerts offers musicianship high on quality and entertainment value throughout the year. A large number of pupils undertake Associated Board Examinations in a wide variety of instruments tutored by peripatetic music teachers and the school music staff.
The school is very active in raising money for charity. Special events are staged on a regular basis resulting in several thousands of pounds being raised each year for a variety of worthwhile charitable causes. Many Sixth Formers participate in community service working in schools, with the handicapped and the aged.
Sixth Form students annually set up and run a Young Enterprise Company, raising funds through the issue of shares and producing and marketing goods and services. The school companies enter Young Enterprise competitions annually and have an enviable record of success at Regional level.
Sixth Form students are all asked to play a role as leaders within the school community. All students act as duty prefects for one of their two years in the Sixth Form, and many students act as mentors for younger pupils. There are positions of particular responsibility as Senior Prefects, House Captains, Librarians and School Captains, for which students may apply.
The Sixth Form Ball
KGS was one of the first schools to introduce a formal Leavers’ Ball 20 years ago, and the Sixth Form Ball has become one of the most popular features of the school year. Held in a marquee on the School’s Front Lawn, the Ball is attended by all Sixth Formers and their teachers, and is a unique blend of formality and enjoyment. The Ball epitomises the warm relationships that are such a distinctive feature of the School in general and the Sixth Form in particular, and was featured in a recent BBC3 documentary about school leavers’ events.