Extra-Curricular Activities

Taking part in clubs and activities outside of regular classes is a great way to meet new friends and expand your horizons. It also allows you to develop and demonstrate a broad range of interests outside of your studies, something that all top universities look for in applicants.

Padworth students are diverse and curious and take full advantage of the wide range of extra-curricular activities and projects on offer throughout the week. We offer a number of exciting staff and student-led clubs. These are designed to provide you with amazing opportunities to achieve outside of the classroom. Examples of some of the clubs on offer are listed below:

Board Games

Common Rooms throughout the boarding houses are well stacked with a variety of traditional board games for students to enjoy during evenings and at weekends.  Popular favourites include Monopoly, Cluedo and Risk.


There are a number of opportunities for students to participate in charitable initiatives, including coffee mornings, cake sales and book sales,  throughout the academic year.  Charities recently supported by the Fundraising Club have included Macmillan Cancer, the Camrose Centre (which provides support and assistance to the homeless, vulnerably housed and socially isolated in the Basingstoke area), Epilepsy Research and Macmillan Cancer Support.


A popular favourite amongst students, Chess Club meets weekly, although students are always free to organise a game of chess during their free time.


Baking and specifically ‘Bake Off’ weekends are a regular feature of College life.  Eton mess, rocky roads and mince pies have all been prepared and then enjoyed by students over the past year.  In addition, students have the opportunity to participate in International Week, where we celebrate the cultural diversity – including cuisine – of our international community.


Debating is a fun and educational enrichment activity.  The Debating Club meets regularly during term time and is very popular.  Debates centre around topical issues chosen by students.


Film Club is a great opportunity for students to watch some amazing cinema – from current blockbusters to old classics, romance to comedy, action to animation!  Members of Film Club choose the films, with these sometimes being themed to the time of the year – for instance, Halloween, Christmas etc.

Leadership Skills

There are a number of opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, including the School Council and a number of special positions, including Heads of House, Student Leaders and Student Ambassadors.


The College’s location in the West Berkshire countryside provides ample opportunities for budding photographers to put their skills to the test.


Tennis is played throughout the year at Padworth College.  The Tennis Club is open to all students, irrespective of their ability.