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Sport

The School enjoys the benefit of generous sports facilities. Our Sports Club, a community facility, opened by HRH the Princess Royal, includes a swimming pool, squash courts, resistance-training and aerobic conditioning suites and a gymnasium.

A purpose-built Sports Hall provides facilities for cricket, indoor hockey, 5-a-side football, volleyball, badminton, netball, and tennis, and houses a further fitness suite with cardiovascular and weight training equipment. In addition there are playing fields, tennis courts and a basketball court plus on external sites students in Year 11, 12 and 13 can also access local rock climbing and sailing facilities.

The Sports Curriculum tends to follow National Curriculum guidelines, with students taking part in both mixed and single-sex lessons. The main games for Years 7 to 10 are Rugby, Football, Hockey, Athletics, Rounders and Cricket. In PE students in Years 7 to 10 take part in Basketball, Netball, Swimming, Badminton, Tennis and Volleyball.

Pupils swim throughout the year in the indoor heated pool. All swimming lessons are supervised by a qualified member of staff. Every pupil is taught to swim and promising swimmers are encouraged to train and compete.

Competitive matches in a wide range of sports are organised both within the School (inter-team competitions) and against other schools. Care is taken to ensure that pupils who do not play in school teams can also still enjoy sport. A ‘Sport is Open to All’ policy operates in conjunction with high-level, specialist training. This combination at least in part accounts for the quite remarkable sporting success we enjoy at local, regional, national and international levels. Recent sports tours have included Australia, Barbados, Canada, the Far East, South Africa, South America and Sri Lanka.

"The enthusiasm for the event was remarkable. These children showed real determination. Second place was just not good enough for their school."

Spectator at schools' athletics competition. 

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