Parents are always pleasantly surprised to find out that we play more sport than most other Prep Schools – and around three times as much as state-school primaries. Our children enjoy up to four hours of PE and sport each week – and that’s on top of the 40 minutes of exercise they get at lunchtime, when we are permitted to use the garden in Charterhouse Square.
What makes this surprising to new parents is that we have such a central location without any sports facilities on site. In practice, however, this means we put more effort into our sports provision and our children get to enjoy the extra benefit of the excellent amenities on our doorstep.
All of our children from Yellow Room onwards enjoy a weekly swimming session just around the corner at the Golden Lane Leisure Centre, and from Blue Room onwards they also take a short coach trip to enjoy the fantastic astro-turf facilities at Coram’s Fields.
As a result, our girls and boys receive training from experienced and qualified coaches in an unusually wide range of sports including football, hockey, netball, rugby, athletics, cricket, rounders, swimming and tennis, as well as exercise sessions in PE and aerobics.
Sports events also form a key part of the school calendar. In the autumn term, for example, we hold our swimming gala and in July we have our whole-school sports day, which is one of the highlights of the year for children, parents and teachers alike.
We also compete in inter-school athletics, football, netball and swimming tournaments, and organise football and netball fixtures against local schools – with plenty of parents coming to support the children in action. It’s all part of what gives the school such an excited buzz throughout the year.