The main team sports are Football (Autumn Term), Rugby (Spring Term) and Cricket (Summer Term). We also have a strong reputation for swimming, cross-country, tennis and athletics. Since the opening of our all-weather astro pitch, Hockey has now been added to this list.
An impressive collection of silverware is on display in the Entrance Hall of the school, demonstrating considerable success at all ages and levels.
Competitive fixtures against other schools begin in Year 4 (Under 9) and grow in number as boys rise through the school. At each age group, boys try hard to make the ‘top team’ – endeavour is valued as much as raw talent. Matches are normally played on games afternoons (Monday and Thursday for Years 4 and 5) and Wednesdays for Years 6 to 8. Some Saturday fixtures take place for all age groups, mostly in the morning. While we value excellence, we also have an inclusive approach and aim towards each boy having the opportunity to represent his school twice a term.
Sport features prominently in the school’s programme of activities. These include athletics, cross-country, fencing, hockey, judo, swimming and tennis. These may be slotted in during a lunchbreak or take place after the regular day has ended; some specialist sport takes place during timetabled games periods when an external coach is employed. Many of these sports participate in inter-school competitions, often hosted at leading senior schools.
We are lucky to have our own indoor heated swimming pool which is used by the whole school. The boys in Reception and Year 1 swim twice a week, Year 2 to 4 swim once a week. The aim is to ensure we achieve the minimum standard expected (government guidelines) which is being able to swim 25M by the end of Year 6 (the majority achieve this by Year 3). We also use the Swim England national plan as a guide for lessons. The boys also take part in mini water polo sessions from Reception upwards. Year 4 also take part in personal survival lessons in the summer term. Year 3 and 4 have end of year gala’s which the parents are encouraged to attend. Swimming is also available as an after school club for boys in Years 4-8.