Our Sports grounds are at Old Deer Park and Westerly Ware. A full first aid kit accompanies the children during sporting lessons and fixtures.
Pre-Kindergarten – Year 1
Pre-Kindergarten to Year 1 are taught PE lessons by a specialist teacher in our fully equipped gymnasium at the school. We have specific Early Years PE equipment in the gym and the children work on balance, control of movement and catching and throwing skills. Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten also have dance lessons as part of their curriculum, which is another opportunity to develop physical skills.
The highlight of the sports calendar for Pre-Kindergarten to Year 1 is the Junior Sports Day which takes place in the Summer Term.
From Year 1, the children start swimming lessons at Pools on the Park and take part in the annual school swimming gala.
There are a variety of extra curricular sports opportunities at Broomfield. Pee Wee Karate is offered from Pre-Kindergarten onwards. There are after-school football and netball clubs for boys and girls. We have qualified female and male coaches from Brentford Community Football Trust. From Year 1, both boys and girls can take part in the Daley Thompson Athletics club.
Years 2-3 play Games on Thursday afternoons and Years 4-6 play Games on Wednesday afternoons. They should come to school dressed in games kit under school tracksuits, with football boots (if required) in a bag. The younger boys need to learn to tie their boot laces and loosen them for ease of use. Should rain stop or prevent play, the games staff are allocated time in the school gym or dining hall for agility and evasion exercises, sporting videos, quizzes and games which are all used to reinforce skills.
On Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, the children walk to our home grounds at Old Deer Park and Westerly Ware. They arrive at the grounds to kick off at 14.00. On Wednesdays they enjoy an extended afternoon and return to school just before 16.30. This gives the children more time for match play, allowing them to implement the skills learnt in practice. On Thursdays children kick off at 14.00 for an hour long session, they arrive back to school for the normal 15:30 dismissal.
Opportunities for competitive matches against other schools are arranged when possible to develop teamwork and sportsmanship.
Parents have the option to collect from the sports grounds on a termly basis. On Sports Day parents are encouraged to come along, cheer on the participants and perhaps take part themselves in some special races.
Girls play netball for the first half of the year at Westerly Ware. They are coached by our Games teachers and specialist external coaches from Brentford Community Football Trust's netball coaching team. In the second half of the spring term the girls can select from a variety of sports offered at Old Deer Park, including touch rugby, tennis, cross country etc. In the summer term the girls will play cricket and athletics at the Old Deer Park. From Year 4 the girls compete in House matches in all netball and cricket, in ISA competitions and against other local schools. Both girls and boys are taught gymnastics and have swimming lessons once a week at Pools on the Park in Richmond. In 2018 our Girls' swim squad came second in the Borough in the Richmond Swimming Gala.
Boys are coached in football during the first half of the school year. We employ specialist coaches from Brentford Community Football Trust, working alongside our own Games staff. We have been working with Brentford since 2010 and have seen an outstanding improvement in the standard of football. As the boys progress up the school they play House football matches within school, in ISA competitions and in external matches against local schools. In the second half of the spring term the boys can select from a variety of sports offered, including touch rugby, tennis, cross country etc. In the summer term they play cricket and athletics. In 2014 our boys came second in the ISA cricket competition, which was a huge achievement in our first year with the organisation. In the recent past we have twice won the ISA 5-a-side football regional (London West) competition and come third nationally, amazing success for a small school.
Mother v Daughters and Fathers v Sons matches
During the spring term, we hold Mothers v Daughters netball and Fathers and Sons football matches. In recent years the terms Mothers and Fathers have been used rather loosely as both are welcome to play in these generational matches.
Gymnastic classes form part of the school curriculum and are taught in our on-site gym and pupils are entered for BAGA awards, regularly achieving well. There is a gymnastic club during school for Years 3-6.
Swimming classes are held at Pools on the Park, Old Deer Park,Twickenham Road, Richmond, throughout the year for Years 1 to 6.
In recent years our swimmers have been very successful in the Borough Championships and a small number have been selected for elite national squads. Every year the swimming staff arrange for the children to take distance awards.
Years 5 and 6 are taken straight to the pool for 07.45, returning to school by coach for breakfast in the dining room before lessons. Years 1 and 3 are taken straight to the pool for 08.45 and return to school by coach. Years 2 and 4 come to school as normal and are taken to the pool by coach for 09.30. Lessons are held in the learners pool to begin with, under the instruction of one of the pool instructors or one of our own qualified swimming teacher. It is acceptable for children to wear their swimming costume under their school uniform in order to speed up the changing. They should not, of course, forget to bring their underwear to change into afterwards!
Children should not be left unattended at the pool and should wait quietly until the teaching staff arrive. Please keep your children under control while they are waiting to go in and change. They must not run around in the foyer or in the cafeteria area. Parents are requested to keep well away from the poolside during lessons, as this can be distracting to swimmers and staff alike.
It is very important to ensure your child is registered especially if arriving late.
Non-swimmers and siblings of swimmers who have to be taken direct to the pool for the 08.00 session will be supervised at school from 08.30.
Swimming is part of the National Curriculum as well as the school curriculum. This means that we expect all children to swim, except in special circumstances when a note should be provided. Non-swimmers should arrive at school at the normal time and will work under supervision until their class returns from the pool.
Daley Thompson Athletics club
We are delighted to welcome Daley Thompson, legendary Olympian and former Broomfield parent, back to BHS with his athletics club. The club is taught by national level athletes who provide a brilliant training for children in all areas of athletics. This type of training is an adapted version of what older children learn to do at athletics clubs so it is an excellent form of exercise and introduction to a sport in which the UK excels. The club takes place in the school playground on Wednesdays from 15:45 – 16:45. The programme includes running drills and techniques, sprint starts, endurance development, hurdles, jumping activities, throwing skills, basic technical aspects of athletics, team tactics and games.