After school on four afternoons a week, boys can choose from a variety of activities known as 'Commoners'. These are an important aspect of Pilgrims’ and of a boy’s fuller education, as they afford staff and boys alike the opportunity to extend and share interests beyond the classroom.

Typically, they may include such diverse opportunities as debating, drama, Winchester Fives, origami, swimming, Lego robotics, stop start animation, fishing, karate, judo, sailing, tennis, chess, Mandarin, role-playing, film clubs, board games, cookery, photography, fencing or bell-ringing. The list changes from term to term, to reflect the current interests and enthusiasms of the staff and boys, and to make best use of the seasonal weather.

Boys in Year 1 and Year 2 enjoy a changing programme of Commoners, which may include photography, science investigations, junk modelling, gardening, yoga, art and of course a large offering of sport – football, touch rugby and cricket in the summer term.  The Pre-Prep Choir is run as a Commoner and is open to all the boys in Year 2.

Juniors and Seniors generally follow the same programme, which creates a great opportunity for boys to socialise and integrate across all the year groups; occasionally, however, there may be an activity which is more relevant to boys of a particular age and interests.

Break Times

Break times each morning and afternoon provide another opportunity for socialising and fun with friends. After an energising snack, inventive play takes over all three of the quads, with games of football, basketball, mini-cricket, diabolos, conkers, hide and seek – whatever is the favourite of the day. The Library is also a popular destination for many of the boys, with chess, magazines and a quiet corner in which to read. A well-equipped games room, with table tennis, snooker, pool and tabletop football, provides another source of relaxation.

School Trips

In addition to the educational trips enjoyed by every year group, skiing holidays, summer adventure camps and other activity breaks are organised throughout the year. Parents are often invited to come along on the numerous day excursions and enjoy the relaxed partnership between staff, boys and parents.