Extend & Enrich

Earlscliffe students have enquiring minds that thrive when supplied with continuous food for thought. We achieve this by offering our students opportunities to develop knowledge and learning in areas other than those studied at A-Level.

Each year sees Earlscliffe enter a team into the English Speaking Union’s Schools Mace Debating Competition. Originating in the 1950s, past winners have gone on to become MPs, well-known scientists, lawyers, journalists, entrepreneurs and industrialists.

All our mathematics and science students are entered for the annual Senior UK Mathematics Challenge Competition, where we aim for prestigious Gold Awards.

The following clubs and societies meet weekly:

  • Scientific Society
  • History Society
  • Politics Society
  • Economics and Business Society
  • Creative Arts Society
  • Geography Society
  • Law Society
  • Debating Society
  • Public Speaking Society
  • Global Affairs Club
  • UNESCO Committee
  • Student Council
  • Italian Club
  • Creative Writing Club
  • Essay Skills Club
  • Chess Club
  • French Club

We host fortnightly formal college dinners, where after-dinner speakers are invited to share some of their wisdom. Speakers include politicians, musicians, artists, businesspeople, medical practitioners, sportsmen and women, philosophers and philanthropists. Evenings like this contribute to Earlscliffe students acquiring a wider perspective on life and its daily delights and challenges, while forming a global vision of their own.

At the annual University of Cambridge Science Festival, students take part in events, lectures, exhibitions, seminars and interactive sessions, which are often led by eminent Cambridge scientists. Again, such experiences encourage young minds to enjoy the art of discovery even more.

Our own ‘Art of Living Week’ exposes our students to the visual arts, which many of them do not experience as part of their academic studies. In this week we host a contemporary art exhibition at Earlscliffe, schedule talks and discussions with guest artists and critics, and visit London galleries.

Extending and enriching our students’ learning is part of our duty as educators and it is something we take just as seriously as delivering the timetabled curriculum.

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