The Junior School Sports programme encourages team-work, personal fitness and competition against other schools and, in some instances to a regional and national level. Swimming, Netball, Rounders, Tennis, Gymnastics and Athletics are key strands of the programme and ballet is also offered as a part of the Pre-Prep curriculum. The programme is led by the Head of PE who is supported by PE teachers and specialist coaches, notably for Swimming, Netball, Gymnastics and Dance.
PE lessons feature in the curriculum from the very start with girls in Early Years 1 having one lesson of PE and one lesson of Ballet each week. The number of lessons dedicated to sport increases as girls enter Early Years 2 with two PE lessons, one Swimming lesson and one Ballet lesson per week.
In Year 1 and at Year 2 girls have three lessons of PE per week plus one lesson of Swimming and one of Ballet. At this stage lessons focus on Gymnastics, Athletics and a range of ball – based sports.
In Prep, pupils have four lessons of PE per week plus one lesson of Swimming. Pupils begin to participate in competitive sport with the opportunity to play Netball against local schools as well as Cross Country, Athletics, Tennis and Rounders. Within their lessons, girls develop their knowledge of attacking and defending principles, tactics and executing the correct techniques. There is a strong focus on being creative through Dance and Gymnastics by developing routines and analysing peer performance. Through outdoor and adventurous activities the girls develop their team work and communication skills, exploring how to solve problems and work closely with their peers. The girls are encouraged to demonstrate appropriate match etiquette and are rewarded for doing so.
All pupils from Early Years 2 to Year 6 have a weekly timetabled lesson at the Swimming pool at the Senior School. Girls are accompanied to their lesson on the school minibus. In addition to their lessons there is a recreational swimming club, called Riverbank, offered to girls in Years 1 – 6 and squad and elite clubs, by invitation, to swimmers in Years 3 – 6.
Matches in Netball, Swimming, Rounders, Athletics, Football, Cricket and Cross Country are played against other local schools. Teams also represent our School in national IAPS (Independent Association of Prep Schools) competitions. Match details are published in the school calendar and here on the website. Transport to and from matches is normally by school minibus.