We believe that enrichment plays a vital role in nurturing our students’ interests and talents. The enrichment activities on offer help to develop character, resilience, confidence and independence. Additionally, it teaches our students how to keep physically and mentally healthy.

We have a varied enrichment programme – from sports and STEM (Science, Technology, English and Maths) to the performing and creative arts, there is something on offer for almost every student. Additionally we run a homework club for students who need a little extra support completing their homework tasks.

Our enrichment programme changes from term to term – follow the link below to view the current programme of after school clubs.

Instrumental Music Lessons

Any student wishing to start or continue learning a musical instrument can do so at Friesland.  Our fantastic team of peripatetic music teachers from Derby & Derbyshire Music Partnership provide lessons on a range of instruments. These lessons are delivered in school during the school day and are generally available as individual or group lessons, depending on the preferences of the student/parent or the instrument chosen

These lessons are available for a small fee per lesson which is charged by the peripatetic teacher, not Friesland School. Subsidies are available for families that might not be able to afford music lessons – you can contact us in confidence to discuss this

Students wishing to study GCSE or A Level Music at Friesland are expected to receive lessons on their chosen instrument (whether through us or through an external arrangement).

Instruments offered

  • Clarinet
  • Drums
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Piano/keyboard
  • Singing
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone

Interested in instrumental lessons?

If you are interested in instrumental lessons, please complete linked below.

Once we receive your form, we will forward your details to the relevant teacher. They will then contact you with more information about the lessons and their prices

Cost of instrumental lessons

Lesson prices vary slightly between teachers and if your child wants to have solo lessons, or a group lesson with one or two other students. For a solo lesson, expect to pay about £10-£15 per lesson. Subsidies are available for low income families or students with special educational needs. Students eligible for a subsidy will be automatically checked when we receive a lesson application, but you can contact the Performing Arts office to discuss this in advance of applying if you wish.

Important note about absences

If your child will miss an instrumental lesson for a foreseeable reason, such as an exam or school trip, please contact your instrumental teacher(s) as soon as possible. Your contract with your instrumental teacher(s) will state the minimum notice required, though this is generally 24 hours

If you do not give sufficient notice, your teacher(s) will still charge you for that lesson. We will support our peripatetic colleagues charging for lessons in these circumstances

Activities Week

During the last week of term, the usual timetable is suspended for 2-3 days for years 7-10 students.

Year 10 students take part in either Work Experience (for the whole week) or careers focussed days, which includes sessions from external speakers, companies and universities, activities on Unifrog and visits to local universities.

Year 7-9 students take part in curriculum days, undertaking fun activities with a focus on specific subjects. Examples of our curriculum days include:

  • Creative Arts Day – a series of workshops in art, dance, drama and music experiencing the arts in ways not usually encountered during the normal curriculum, such as hip hop dancing, Taiko drumming, puppetry and illustrative drawing
  • Humanities Day – looking at the world of chocolate from historical, geographical and ethical perspectives
  • PE Day – taster sessions of a variety of different sports and physical activities

Some of our curriculum days include a complimentary trip to experience the subject and in school activities in an alternative way.

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Go on a Journey! Navigate from A to B safely, become a first aider, learn something and most importantly, have fun! The Duke of Edinburgh Award is the world’s leading achievement award for young people. At Friesland we are excited and proud to offer our students this opportunity.

You can take part in DofE if you are between the ages of 14 to 24. We currently run a Bronze Award group for year 10 and for Year 12 students. Students can then go onto the Silver & Gold Award from Year 12.

There are 4 parts to the Award, which are detailed below. We run weekly sessions to help students prepare for their expedition and to support them as they organise and complete their Volunteering, Physical and Skill.

Why take part?

  • Make new friends
  • Build self confidence
  • Challenge yourself and succeed
  • Learn new skills
  • Improve your fitness
  • Better College and job applications
  • Have Fun

What is involved?

  • Volunteering: undertaking service to individuals or the community
  • Physical: improving in an area of sport, dance or fitness activities
  • Skills: developing practical , social skills and personal interests
  • Expedition: planning, training for and completion of an adventurous journey in the UK or abroad

To find out more about the scheme, click here to visit the DofE website