The Founder felt strongly that a school should do more than just provide an academic education. His vision was of an institution which would educate the whole child, and help each student to develop their own outstanding character.

At the Academy we offer a comprehensive programme of extra- curricular and enrichment activities. Students take part in supervised activities each afternoon, after their timetabled lessons finish. They can choose from a huge range of activities including sports such as tennis, water polo, golf, squash aerobics and karate. There are also over 40 non-sporting activities on offer, ranging from crochet and knitting to debating, board games, Environment and Wildlife Club, astronomy and chess.

Our Music department offers students the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument, sing in the choir, play in the School Orchestra or join the Jazz Band.

We ensure that there is a full and regular programme of drama in our 800-seater Auditorium and also in our smaller outdoor amphitheatre. Inter-House drama competitions take place each year in which students write, produce and perform their own plays.

The Drama Club put on an annual production to packed houses and the Malawi National Shakespeare Schools Festival is hosted at Kamuzu Academy annually, with contributions from schools across the country. In March 2020 the Academy represented Malawi at the South Africa Schools Shakespeare Festival in Cape Town.