Some school societies, such as the Harvey Society (founded in 1892), are very old; others, such as the Thurlow Society, are new. Societies flourish according to the enthusiasm and committment of both staff and pupils.
Most societies have a programme including visits by outside speakers and/or a variety of pupil-led activities.
Societies include: the Harvey Society (Science), the Marlowe Society (English), the Pater Society (Classics), the Durnford Society (History), which holds meetings often in conjunction with the Canterbury branch of the Historical Association, the Blaxland Society (Geography), the Linacre Society (Medicine) and the Thurlow Society (Law). There may be more information about these on the relevant departmental pages.
There is a flourishing 'After Hours' programme that incorporates societies, talks and other activities.