Beyond the Classroom
At St Andrew's we are always looking for opportunities to enhance our children’s learning through visits, visitors and experiences beyond the classroom. We believe that these opportunities bring learning to life and should be an important part of every child's education.
We make extensive use of our grounds, whether for Maths and Science activities, art projects, or a wide range of sports. Pond dipping in the conservation area is a great favourite with our younger children, whilst our older pupils work with Elmbridge conservation officers on a range of conservation activities on nearby Old Oak Common. We also work closely with the education department at Cobham's Painshill Park, and St Andrew's has recently been nominated as Painshill's designated link school.
We believe that every topic a child covers should be linked to a trip or first-hand experience beyond the classroom. Groups regularly bring theatre, dance and storytelling performances and workshops to the school, and our children enjoy a wide range of talks and demonstrations from visiting speakers. In addition St Andrew's children make frequent use of local amenities such as the fire station and Cobham watermill, as well as making regular visits further afield to art galleries, museums, theatre productions and science centres.
Our pupils regularly take part in inter-school events, including sports fixtures, music competitions, and general knowledge quizzes, whilst Years 4 and 6 enjoy 3 and 5 day residential teambuilding activity camps.
A huge range of extra-curricular activities is available to our pupils, both during the school day and after school. We have 19 activities on offer this term, some run by our own staff – chess club, brain games, quiz club, mathletics – some by The Elm Sports organisation – mini tennis, basketball, rugby, golf – and drama by the Susan Roberts Academy, which is based at St Andrew's. One of the biggest and best dance and drama schools in the South East, the Susan Roberts Academy provides weekly classes to over 450 children and young people, including numerous St Andrew's pupils.