As befits a College renowned for its academic excellence, our co-curricular programme offers pupils many ways to add academic breadth and depth to their school life. Subjects offer enrichment programmes for pupils who demonstrate a particular aptitude, and clubs and societies for those with a passion and interest but who may have elected to pursue qualifications in other fields.
Below is an overview of the many and varied co-curricular academic clubs, societies and activities.
The Epsom College Archive acts as the memory of the College and it records the daily life, achievements and successes of the pupils and staff. The Archive has a rich and varied collection comprised of photographs, documents, letters and objects.
Working with the College Archivist, the club explores aspects of archive collection management, preservation and conservation, arrangement, description and cataloguing.
We address ethical and legal issues relating to archives and discuss ideas of transparency and accessibility in record keeping. There will be opportunities for research into the college history and contribution to archival events.
Students undertake a mixture of independent and team work alongside volunteers and OEs. Transferable skills are gained and students grow a knowledge of the history of Epsom College.
Archive Club is open to all year groups.
Astronomy is the study of the sun, moon, stars, planets, comets, gas, galaxies, dust and other non-Earthly bodies and phenomena.
If you’ve ever looked up at the night sky and wondered what’s out there, Astronomy Society could be for you.
Join us to find out more about the Earth, the Solar System and the Universe in general; you will even get opportunities to carry out investigations of your own, navigating around the stars using the College’s telescope.
The Biology extension club is open to all Sixth Form biologists. This is the opportunity to develop, present and debate your ideas in an adult forum whilst also preparing for the annual Biology Olympiad, held each January.
The opportunity to carry out independent research, think through problems in a critical fashion and debate the issues with your peers are skills that are highly valued by universities.
We will be travelling outside the normal Biology specification in order to enhance your problem-solving skills and delve into Biology not normally covered at school level.
This activity runs throughout the year and aims to help and encourage gifted Sixth Form Chemistry students to extend their chemical knowledge beyond the syllabus and develop problem-solving skills by tackling more demanding questions and additional practical tasks.
The questions do not rely on the recall of easy information but focus on topical advances in real life chemistry, testing the ability of the students to see analogies, piece together data like a jigsaw puzzle and work with exceptional numerical accuracy.
Popular with Oxbridge applicants.
In Lent term, this activity is particularly suitable for high-level physical scientists and Oxbridge applicants in the Lower Sixth, who are looking to accumulate academic evidence of excellence in their subjects to enhance their UCAS application.
Initially, students are prepared for the Round One paper for the Chemistry Olympiad, which takes place in January/February, and is taken at the College with a view to earning Gold, Silver or Copper awards.
Exceptional students may be invited to Round Two, a two-day event held at a university over Easter, from which a team of four is selected to represent the UK at the final international event.
This event favours Upper Sixth students, however, all students who attend are encouraged to enter the first round and the most able Lower Sixth students receive Silver awards.
- Do you struggle a little with the Computer Science topics you are currently studying?
- Do you want to push yourself to go the extra mile, by programming beyond the strict lesson requirements?
- Do you wish to practise the technical skills you have learnt in lessons, to enable you to achieve the best possible mark in exams?
- Do you need help with your Computer Science prep?
If the answer to any of these questions is “yes”, please join us and you will have the opportunity to have all your questions answered, practise the skills and build your confidence in the subject.
You can work on your own, with a friend, or in small groups. You can discuss topics and compare answers and solutions. Historically, and statistically, pupils who have used this additional time and the extra support from teachers have boosted their exam results by up to two grades.
Computing Tech Club.
Bill Gates wrote his first program when he was 13. Many other successful individuals have started with a simple code, and since then created huge technology empires.
Computers and technology play an increasingly important role in the world and the goal of Computing Tech Club is to enable you to enhance your programming skills (Python, VB.Net, Ruby, jQuery) which you can then use to program a Raspberry Pi computer.
Maybe you will use your programming skills to create music, or maybe you will develop a SpYbOt using an RPi camera?
You could also work on a hands-on robotics project, collaborating with other students in a team, giving you the chance to get involved in every step from building a robot to programming it and watching it carry out your commands.
The club aims to also respond to your suggestions and interests, so if there is a specific technical skill that you have always wanted to learn, please let us know and we will try to help.
Confirmation is a sacrament, a ritual or rite of passage that is practised by mainstream Christian denominations.
The word itself means strengthening or deepening one’s relationship with God. It is an outward and visible sign that allows individuals to make a mature statement of faith.
Preparation for Confirmation here at Epsom College involves a pupil understanding and in-depth consideration of the Christian religion allowing for moral and spiritual development in the following areas:
- About God
- Can we trust the Bible?
- Human nature and sin
- The life of Jesus Christ, his life and ministry
- Death and resurrection
- The life of prayer
- Christian history and witness
- Prayer and worship
- The seven sacraments
- The great commission
- The church of today
- The journey of faith
- Commitment and confirmation
This activity aims to create a community of writers supporting and encouraging each other in their creative endeavours. We look together at interesting and challenging examples of excellent writing, exploring genres and encouraging wider reading. Using these – and images, ideas, paintings, news stories – as a source of inspiration, students write and share their own prose and poetry.
Members have entered the Tower Poetry Competition and Foyle Young Poets’ Award.
The Society also establishes the culture of sharing and critical appreciation and critiquing others’ work in constructive ways.
The Curie Society is open to all Sixth Form scientists. Run by the students, for the students, you will have the opportunity to discuss recent scientific discoveries, debate current scientific and ethical issues and present your ideas on topics of interest in this forum.
The opportunity to carry out independent research, think through problems in a critical fashion and debate the issues constructively with your peers are all skills that are highly valued by universities.
Each week, either a presentation or a discussion takes place in which all students contribute.
The chance to share and challenge ideas with like-minded students provides strong preparation for university-level science.
Any students looking to pursue a science-based course will benefit from attending.
By definition, a debate is a speaking situation in which opposing theories are offered as possible solutions to a problem or question; the proponents of each theory attempt to convince judges and audience that their approach is preferable to that presented by their opponents.
Debating is the essence of education and it is an exciting experience exposing participants to novel ideas, different ideals, important information, interesting individuals, and cultural exchange.
What does debating do for you? It requires you to analyse a proposition, investigate its implications, develop cases both for and against a resolution, research the subject thoroughly, collect and organise the evidence, think rationally and argue logically, be flexible and think on your feet, defend your position and destroy that of your opponent, and speak and act convincingly.
The whole process will help you to:
- develop self-control, self-confidence and poise
- improve your powers of persuasion and your ability to communicate effectively
- motivate you to co-operate and coordinate your efforts with the work of colleagues
- increase your interest in, tolerance of and appreciation for other people’s ideas and opinions
- instil in you an orderly process of problem-solving and decision-making.
It also benefits society by developing leadership and the informed, interested electorate so essential to a democracy.
Economics & Enterprise Society.
The Economics & Enterprise Society is a student-led group run within the Economics and Business Studies Department. The Society meets weekly and provides a forum for discussion of topical issues beyond the reach of the A-level specification.
Meetings typically include a brief presentation by a member of the Society. Recently, presentations have been delivered by members of the Upper Sixth on ‘the validity of real business cycle theory’ and ‘asymmetry of information in the market for used cars’.
In addition to weekly meetings, the Society’s Committee arranges talks either at the College or with an outside venue. In recent years, students have arranged for Andrew Haldane, the Chief Economist at the Bank of England to visit the College and address students. Another visiting speaker was Dr. Mike Peacey from the New College of Humanities who delivered a talk on Game Theory.
CISI Introduction to Investment Award.
This course is offered as an additional qualification for students in the Upper Sixth. It is taught within the Business and Economics department with guidance from the awarding body, the Chartered Institute for Securities and Investment (CISI). The exam is used as an introductory professional competency measure for all new graduate employees in the Financial Services Industry. Corporate members include Deutsch Bank and JP Morgan who use this qualification and subsequent courses to ensure employees meet regulatory levels of competence.
The Award is assessed by a single online, 50 question and a multiple-choice examination run by the CISI. The qualification is fully recognised by the Financial Services Skills Council (FSSC) and the QCA.
This activity provides an opportunity for you to explore, question and discuss the Christian Faith.
We start by spending some time chatting, playing games and eating food before spending 20 minutes either examining a passage from the Bible, or listening to a guest speaker address big questions such as: “Why does a good God allow evil and suffering?”
This would be a great activity for any Christian students, or those wishing to explore the Christian faith.
This student-led society exists to develop, broaden and challenge your understanding of geography from the classroom. You will be able to deliver seminars, contribute to our blog, visit lectures at the Royal Geographical Society, and anything else you choose to pursue.
Staff devote time and effort to helping in any area of research and interest but the focus is on you to take the lead. If you are interested in a particular area and wish to develop your wider understanding of geography, come along and we will make sure you have the necessary skills and opportunities.
The Scott Bradford Society is our Senior History and Politics Society.
Our discussions revolve around historical and political events with presentations given by members of the Society, followed by in-depth questioning and debate. The Society is named after the College’s two Victoria Cross recipients, Sergeant Robert George Scott and Brigadier General Roland Boys Bradford.
The Society hosts lectures by eminent historians and politicians, including Geoffrey Hosking, Saul David and Chris Grayling MP.
Do you enjoy science? Do you want to find out why things explode? Or what the inside of a worm looks like? Or how a laser works? Or how to tell the sex of a fruit fly?
We do lots of fun experiments that allow you to extend your knowledge of science.
Come to Junior Science Club for answers to all these questions, to have great debates and much more besides.
Students have the opportunity to tackle various Maths competitions:
- Junior Mathematical Challenge in Years 7 and 8
- Intermediate Mathematical Challenge in Years 9, 10 and 11
- Senior Mathematical Challenge in Years 12 and 13.
Those that perform well will be invited to the challenging further stages, such as the British Mathematical Olympiad.
A number of students are usually invited to masterclasses and summer schools as a result of their performance in these challenges.
We also enter the Senior Team Maths Challenge in the regional heat hosted at the college and the Year 10 Maths Feast event.
Lower School pupils will also be able to enter the Year 8 and 9 Maths Team challenge.
All pupils have the opportunity to take part in maths enrichment activities and to hear from visiting speakers.
The Medical Society is a student-led society for all pupils thinking of pursuing a career in medicine, dentistry or veterinary science. We meet on a weekly basis to discuss current affairs relating to the world of medicine, become proficient at dissection and we invite eminent medical professionals to address the society regularly.
Recent guest speakers have presented a range of topics including developments in radiology, hip replacement techniques, management systems in a busy international hospital and advice on medical school applications.
Model United Nations is an academic simulation of the United Nations where students play the role of delegates from different countries and attempt to solve real-world issues with the policies and perspectives of their assigned country.
Students can attend Model United Nations conferences around the world. These conferences are organised by universities, high schools, non-profit organisations, and other educational groups.
Watch French films and discover books and multimedia articles to improve your knowledge of French culture.
French Films are officially cool, since Luc Besson’s “Taxi” and “The 5th Element”. But what about French music? Did you know that Daft Punk are French? And Air? And that Frank Sinatra’s “My Way” was written by a Frenchman?
Through the club we encourage you to be curious, read around, and even take up the thread and write your own story. In previous years our pupils have participated in the Oxford Film Script competition and if that’s where your interest lies, there are plenty of opportunities to hone your writing skills. Being really good at French will just be a natural by-product of joining this club.
French Literature Society.
This is an opportunity to read and discuss classical and modern French literature, drama and poetry, including films and song lyrics.
Stories are the centre of the universe! Be curious, read around, and why not take up the thread and write your own story? There are endless options, from participating in the Oxford Film Script competition, to entering the Stephen Spendor Translation Competition of Poetry.
Improving your French skills will come naturally.
Philosophy literally means ‘love of wisdom’. The Epsom College Philosophy Society is a student-led and staff supervised discussion group that investigates human wisdom and its sources. The Philosophy Society aims to assist students to understand fundamental truths about their own lives and the world around them.
Traditionally, the study of Philosophy is divided into five areas:
- ethics (the study of moral behaviour)
- aesthetics (the study of beauty)
- logic (the study of reasoning)
- epistemology (the study of knowledge)
- metaphysics (the study of the immaterial).
The Philosophy Society provides students with the opportunity to investigate complex questions arising from all of these areas of enquiry, provide answers to these questions, and support these answers with robust and compelling reasons.
The Philosophy Society provides students with the skills required to form the persuasive arguments that underpin success in most arts disciplines.
This society is geared towards pupils who are keen to explore the possibility of studying Psychology at university.
Psychology is the study of the mind and human behaviour. It is an academic discipline and an applied science which seeks to understand individuals and groups by establishing general principles and by researching specific cases.
In the first term pupils are invited to present papers on significant psychology experiments from the past. In the second term pupils develop their own experiments to explore their own theories. In the final term we reflect on the history of the philosophy of the mind.
STEM society will allow students to explore aspects of science, technology, engineering and maths outside of the curriculum.
The aim of the club is to allow students to gain independence, practical, resilience, teamwork and leadership skills whilst working to solve problems big and small.
Recent projects included ballistic shielding, electric pylon construction, building Dyson hoovers and entering the Micro Transat Challenge.
This year we started with designing rocket-propelled cars, followed by a number of other projects including entering the Boscombe Down balloon challenge and our second attempt at crossing the Atlantic in the Micro Transat challenge.