It seems a pity that there isn’t a greater consistency about after school clubs between schools. I don’t mean the after school childcare clubs, but the fun clubs to develop an interest or skill. Some local schools seem to offer a great range with different things on each night and something to suit every child.
Our school on the other hand has something to suit my child maybe for one evening for one half term a year say. Sports seem to be offered more often than non-sports. Generally, I’m all for sports, but I do struggle to persuade my son to take part as he’s not a natural. We did have a language club for a while which was over subscribed and then the teacher left so it stopped. Most of the clubs seem to only run for 6 weeks and then they finish, so just as the children are settling in they stop. Seems a bit daft.
Doing stuff after school makes a lot more sense than going to a separate club. After all it means less parents on the road desperately trying to get somewhere straight after school or doing the rush hour. It’s also less tiring for the children. I guess it might mean that they mix with a narrower circle, but by having clubs that combine different years, you can get round this a little.