MCS boasts a huge co-curricular and extra-curricular programme. Full details are available in our Activities Brochure. Clubs and Societies are a major part of school life.


All pupils at MCS lead an active musical life, singing every day in Chapel and participating in the hotly contested House Singing Competition, as well as taking part in rousing whole school performances at the Sheldonian, most recently Rutter’s Gloria.

The majority of pupils learn a musical instrument during their time at the school and MCS is keen for all pupils to have opportunities to make music with their friends and musicians across other year groups. The department has a team of dedicated full- and part-time staff, while a team of 39 visiting music teachers offer tuition in piano, organ, harp, all the standard orchestral instruments, guitar, saxophone, percussion, and voice.

Each term the school enters pupils for Associated Board and Trinity Guildhall music examinations. Results in recent years have been outstanding with most pupils achieving distinctions and merits, with many achieving Grade 8 and Diploma standard before they leave. A number of pupils are also members of the Junior Music Departments at either the Royal College or the Royal Academy of Music.

Find out more about our many Ensembles, Choral Groups and performance opportunities.


Drama thrives at MCS, with a huge range of opportunities available for pupils of all ages. The school enjoys exciting partnerships with the Oxford Playhouse and the Pegasus Theatre, giving access to impressive performance spaces and professional direction. During the course of the year the MCS Drama stages as many as twelve productions, some specific to certain year groups, others open to all; the underlying principle is that every pupil should be able to take part in two shows during the year. The aim is to expose pupils to both classic texts and new writing, and older pupils are encouraged to gain experience of directing, producing and even writing their own pieces of theatre. Through constant performance opportunities, clubs, LAMDA provision and our Theatre Academy MCS aims to develop pupils’ stagecraft as well as their general confidence and collaborative skills. All shows involve pupils on the technical and backstage crews too, and MCS has recently set up a Technical Theatre Academy to develop this side of the school’s provision. With an equal emphasis on enjoyment and quality, there is definitely something to suit all tastes and abilities. 

Find out more about our Clubs and Productions.

Oxford Festival of the Arts

Each year in the final weeks of the Trinity Term, MCS hosts Oxford Festival of the Arts in which a wide range of events take place in school and around the city. Find out more.


CSO (Community Services Organisation) provides Sixth Form pupils with the opportunity to develop their skills and broaden their experience beyond the confines of the school campus through volunteering in the community. Find out more.

Combined Cadet Force

The CCF is available to pupils from the Upper Fourth upwards. They choose one of two services or 'arms': the Army or the Royal Air Force. Find out more.

Duke of Edinburgh

The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme at MCS aims to provide an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding programme of personal development through a variety of activities.

There are three separate awards - Bronze, Silver and Gold - and at each of these three levels there are four sections:

  • service
  • skills
  • physical recreation
  • expeditions

There is a huge range of activities to enable pupils to tailor a programme to suit them.

The expeditions are always popular and during the last two academic years MCS ran camping trips to the New Forest, the Lake District, the Peak District, Yorkshire Dales, the Ridgeway, the Brecon Beacons and the Cotswolds. Our Gold group participated in expeditions to the North York Moors and Arran.

Clubs, activities and trips

We run a very active programme of clubs and activities at lunchtimes, before and after school, offering something for every taste and talent. These can all be found in our Extra Curricular Activities Brochure at the top of the page.

We also offer a broad range of trips throughout the year and pupils have the opportunity to experience a diversity of places and cultures, enhancing their learning beyond the classroom. See our Trips Planner for 2017/18 for more information and our Trips Planner for 2018/19 for proposed trips in the next academic year.