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PREP SCHOOL SPORTS AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Our sports ethos is involvement, participation and ‘sport for all’ in a wide variety of activities. Our primary goal is to foster a lifelong love of sport and physical activity in every pupil and inspire them to embrace a healthy lifestyle that challenges them as an individual and as an effective team member.

Through imaginative coaching that emphasises fundamental movement skills, we nurture each and every pupil as resilient and robust self-starters. By giving each child a clear pathway through a range of enjoyable physical activities, we hope to engender self-sufficiency, leadership and a perseverance to aim high in all that they do.

Nursery and Pre-Prep

We embed physical skills across our busy curriculum and active environment. Children receive specialist provision from games and swimming instructors and drama and dance teachers. This, in partnership with our ballet and football club, wake and shake, mini-me yoga and regular brain breaks whilst walking around our beautiful site, makes for a love of being active for life.  

As children develop their fine and gross motor control and coordination in our active environment, these fundamental movement skills, in turn, have a significant influence on all round development; they cannot write until they can hold a pencil – a very complex skill indeed!

Years 3-6

The organisation of a regular and appropriate fixtures programme is important to us. Pupils compete competitively in matches with other schools from Year 3 onwards. Our aim is to involve every pupil in these games with the emphasis on enjoyment and providing opportunities for the children to learn through playing the game with continuous positive encouragement from coaches. We have several teams per age group, which allows all children to experience competitive games at the appropriate level for them.

In addition to our matches in hockey, rugby, netball, cricket and rounders, we also compete in the local cross country league throughout the year, and many of our runners go on to represent Mendip in the inter-area championships. Many of our children also swim competitively for the school swim squad with several going through to the IAPS regional championships round each year.

We also run a wide range of co-curricular sports clubs that all pupils are welcome to attend whatever their ability: games, swimming, running, and rookie lifeguard to name but a few.