Few would disagree that a good education means more than just exam results. The benefits of non-academic experiences - from sports competitions, charity events or school plays - have been shown to lead to more than just happy memories. Evidence shows that taking part in extracurricular activities can support academic attainment, even into adulthood, as well as bring personal benefits such as social skills, improved well-being and self-confidence.
Research in the United States also found that attending such activities improves relationships with peers, parents and teachers. Such experiences can also help to develop a host of skills which may interest employers and help university application forms bristle with interesting extras. But the amount of extracurricular activity available to post-16 students will depend on their course of study.