All students follow a compulsory programme of sport (except 6.2) and they can also choose a combination of sport and outdoor work for a selection of the other lessons. Students are able to make full use of our extensive campus with fantastic facilities; astro turf, swimming pool, tennis courts and gym.
The sports programme is designed to benefit the more skilled student and to develop the school teams, whilst still allowing the less able the opportunity to enjoy their sporting interests. The major sports for the boys are football, hockey, cricket and tennis whilst the girls play hockey, netball, rounders and tennis. We have full and part time tennis coaches that offer individual, group and squad lessons throughout the year.
We do our utmost to allow students to follow their own sporting interests at whatever level. Other sports that pupils can take part in include water aerobics, athletics, badminton, basketball, dance, pilates, fencing and volleyball.
Sport is a core curriculum subject which is taught in single sex groups by specialist sports staff within the timetable. Block 3 and 4 students have four double periods per week, with two compulsory sports lessons and the other two can be either sport or outdoor work. These take place in the afternoon and this is when team training takes place for our major sports. Our aim is to develop successful teams and still allow for maximum participation.
Block 5 pupils have three double lessons per week and one of these can be outdoor work. Sixth form pupils have one compulsory sports lesson per week and they must choose one more lesson of either sport or outdoor work during an afternoon. Senior teams train together and are made up of both block 5 and sixth form pupils. They compete very well against local schools each week and we strive for excellence. We also have a broad range of sports options for those who are not in the school teams such as pilates, zumba, fencing, multi-gym, badminton and dance.
Both girls and boys teams for netball, hockey, rugby, football and tennis are also competing in local, county and national competitions throughout the year and competing very well. We encourage our pupils to play sport outside of school and a number of them play for local clubs and also represent the county in a number of sports.
Our extensive campus and fantastic facilities enable us to offer superb training facilities for teams as well as a broad range of sports.
Head of Department: Sonia Cartwright
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