Enrichment Opportunities

Endless opportunities to find what you love 

Watson’s extra-curricular programme provides endless opportunities for our pupils to participate in new experiences. 

We offer well over 150 different clubs, societies and activities to our pupils in the Junior School and Senior School

At Watson’s, we believe in giving our pupils the freedom to find out who they really are. We enable them through a strong academic focus, delivered through inventive, forward-thinking learning and teaching. 

When you consider that this is supplemented by one of the broadest ranges of extra-curricular programmes at any school across the UK, you realise why so many families choose our school. 

Life at George Watson’s College is about a balance of hard work, and amazing experiences! 

Below, we’ve published our latest directory of available extra-curricular opportunities. This does change all the time, based on seasonality, demand from our pupils, and the introduction of new options (based on what our pupils tell us they are interested in).

Things to know about extra-curricular activities at Watson’s

When families visit our school, they usually have lots of questions about extra-curricular life at Watson’s. 

So if you are thinking about our school for your family, here are a few things you should know about extra-curricular activities at George Watson’s College. 

When are extra-curricular activities first available from?

  • Extra-curricular opportunities start in the Lower Primary (Primary 1-3)
  • Children have the opportunity to take part in lunchtime activities such as learning Chinese or participating in choirs 

Do children have to do something outside the classroom?

  • The short answer is, of course, ‘no’, pupils are not mandated to participate in extra-curricular activities 
  • That said, we strongly encourage our pupils to try out some of the activities on offer. It can take a little time to find exactly what they like, but it’s worth the effort to do so
  • Many of our pupils participate in activities they would never have dreamed of, challenging themselves, learning new skills, meeting new friends (including different age groups), and gaining the resilience and confidence that comes from these experiences

Is it all about sport?

  • Extra-curricular life at Watson’s is not all about sport but there are some amazing opportunities 
  • Sport makes up about 40% of available extra-curricular activities
  • We have some of the traditional sports you would expect to find at an independent school such as rugby and hockey, but there is so much more than that
  • Our George Watson’s College Centre for Sport  plays host to around 25 different sports, with most of the activities available to boys and girls, either in gender-specific groups or together (depending on the nature of the sport) 
  • There are no costs associated with taking part in extra-curricular sport, but there are costs which relate to kit, equipment, and travel. The exact costs do depend on the sport itself

Will my child be able to get into the first team or secure a major role in music or drama if joining further up the school?

  • Absolutely, yes! When it comes to the competitiveness that comes with sport, music or drama in terms of which team your child is selected for, or the part they are given in a school drama, it’s all about ability and attitude 
  • At Watson’s, we always say, ‘it doesn’t matter when you’ve come from, it’s about where you are going,’ and this is never truer when it comes to the range of team sports, drama productions (including musicals), choirs, orchestras or chamber ensembles
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    S3 Projects
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    Adventure Club
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    Drama Costume and Make-up Crew
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    Photography Club
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    Ski Club
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    Dance Club
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    Drama Media Crew
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    Pipes & Drums

Extra-curricular directory

Have a look at our extra-curricular directory of activities. We are sure you will find something that your child would love to try out!

Please note that clubs do change from time to time, and so this list is always subject to change. As part of keeping the list up to date, we refresh the directory of clubs at the start of each term.

Senior School Clubs and Societies

Availability of clubs is subject to change

Chemistry Club

Clubs

Girl playing Violin

Music

Junior School Clubs and Societies

Craft Club

Clubs

  • Beavers
  • Brownies
  • Country Dancing
  • Craft Clubs
  • Cubs
  • Drama
  • Magazine Club
  • Rainbows
  • Reading Club
  • Scouts
  • Tapestry
Ski winners

Sports

  • Aerobics (Wake Up at Watson's)
  • Athletics
  • Badminton (Social)
  • Boys' Cricket
  • Girls' Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Hockey
  • Netball/Netball Skills
  • Rugby/Rugby Skills
  • Running Club
  • Skiing
  • Ski Racing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis (social)