Holmfirth High offers a wide range of extra-curricular activities. We firmly believe that students benefit greatly from being involved in activities beyond the curriculum and that this helps to develop character, promote cohesion and encourages students to consider themselves as part of the community.

We have a program of extra-curricular activities that caters for a variety of interests, in sport, the arts and a range of clubs and societies. Our aim is for pupils to get involved as much as they can with these opportunities.

One of the most popular extra-curricular activities is the Duke of Edinburgh’s award. Pupils take part in the bronze award at year 10.

There are a number of Expeditions that leave the school every 2 years, pupils take part in treks, horse riding, Canoeing, scuba diving, mountain walking and local projects. These are to various countries, the most recent are to Malawi, Japan and China.

Every year the school runs a ski trip for skiers and snowboarders to various different exciting locations.

There are a number of seasonal sporting clubs available to pupils. In the summer there is Athletics, Cricket and Rounders. Then in the winter pupils can take part in Football, Rugby, Netball, Basketball and Cross Country.

Holmfirth High has a wide range of clubs with everything from EcoClub to Retro Gaining Club and many things in between.

Every year in the summer there is an Activities Week with a range of activities, ranging from cycling in France to surfing in Cornwall, work experience, Year 9 camp and paintballing to name a few.

As a school we are very keen that every child takes part in at least one extra-curricular activity. School should be about more than just lessons and by taking part young people will discover and develop new skills and friendship which will help to enrich their lives.

Fixtures And Clubs

There are several sports clubs available for pupils to participate in. In the winter months through to Spring- Hockey, Netball, fitness, Dance, Gymnastics, Football, Rugby and Basketball take place. From Spring to Summer- Athletics, Cricket, Rounders, Trampolining and fitness take place.

Badminton club runs all year round and is a very popular club which is run on a Friday after school.


In additional to the extra-curricular clubs offered we also enter a wide range of competitions both on a regional and national level.

Below is a list of the current competitions we enter:

  • Swimming- English schools Competition (boys and girls- Year 7-11)
  • Cricket- Huddersfield school and Yorkshire schools (Indoor and outdoor- Boys and girls)
  • Football- Huddersfield league (Boys and Girls league and Cup)
  • Girls football- West Riding County Cup- U12 and U14 girls
  • Basketball- Huddersfield Schools league (Boys and girls Year 7-11)
  • Tennis- LTA- Team tennis (Nationals) U13 and U15 boys and girls.
  • Sport shall athletics
  • Kirklees district and West Yorkshire finals
  • Kirklees School Cup (Year 7-10)
  • Kirklees Cross country (Year 7-11)
  • West Yorkshire X-Country.
  • Golf- West Yorkshire Schools
  • Skiing- (British institute schools skiing) (Year 8-10 both boys and girls)
  • Netball- Huddersfield League (Year 7-11- Girls)
  • Hockey- Huddersfield League (Year 7-11- Girls)
  • Rugby- Yorkshire Champion Cup and Huddersfield league
  • Rounders- Kirklees Summer league (Year 7-10- girls)
  • Trampolining- Northern zone schools’ competition. (Year 7-10 boys and girls)

Sports Tour

We arrange a Sports Tour every two years, pupils who regularly attend extra-curricular activities and clubs are invited to attend. The Sports we have taken in the last years have included, Football, Hockey and Dance.

Current shows, workshops and courses on offer include-

As well as an extensive fixture and club list the Department also ensure that pupils can take part in shows, attend workshops to enhance and develop their skills and have the possibility to undertake a Level 2 qualification in the JSLA Community Leadership award.

These include:

  • Dance Workshops by Northern School of Contemporary Dance. (Open to both boys and girls).
  • CAT Spotted scheme – Pupils take part in a workshop to develop contemporary technique. During the workshop the dance artist may leave a ‘Spotted’ card which invites selected students to attend an audition day. ‘Spotted’ cards are given to students who show talent and the potential to gain a place on our Centre for Advanced Training.
  • CAPA Workshop – Local performing arts college deliver workshop to pupils, developing technique and choreography skills as well as showcasing career opportunities for KS4 pupils.

Shows and Festivals

Every year the PE department run their very own Gym and Dance show. This is extremely popular and regularly has over 80 performers in the show. It gives all pupils the opportunity to show case their hard work in lessons and extra-curricular activities to parents and carers.

We attend two annual festivals to showcase our fantastic gymnasts and dancers, these are presented at the PSP Gymnastics festival and the Strictly Pennine Show.

There is are also annual theatre visits to support our GCSE dancers and promote the appreciation of a live performance for our key stage 3 pupils.