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 to Year 1 are taught PE 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.
Children in Years 2-6 have a weekly PE lesson, usually based around gymnastics, in our school gym and are entered for BAGA awards, regularly achieving well. They also attend Pools on the Park for a weekly swimming lesson. Additionally, Years 2-3 have a games session on Thursday afternoons, while Years 4-6 enjoy an extended afternoon on Wednesdays until 16.30 to allow more time for match play, allowing them to implement the skills learnt in practice. They walk to our home grounds at Old Deer Park and Westerly Ware ready to kick off at 14.00. The boys play football at Old Deer Park and the girls play netball at Westerly Ware for the first half of the year. Then for the rest of the spring term both boys and girls can select from a variety of sports offered at Old Deer Park, including touch rugby, tennis, cross country and handball etc. In the summer term the children play cricket and athletics at the Old Deer Park.
Opportunities for competitive matches against other schools are arranged when possible to develop teamwork and sportsmanship. We also compete in competitions run by the Independent Schools Association (ISA) in cross country, football, netball and swimming. Wherever possible we compete in other sporting tournaments and the children enjoy playing for their Houses in pursuit of winning House Cups in cricket, football, netball and swimming.
PE and games lessons are taught by our sports teachers and specialist external coaches from Brentford FC Community Sports Trust. On games days the children come to school dressed in their games kit under school tracksuits, with football boots (if required) in a bag. 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.
Parents have the option to collect their children 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.
Swimming classes are held at Pools on the Park, Old Deer Park, Twickenham Road, Richmond, on Tuesdays throughout the year for Years 1 to 6. As part of the swimming programme the children take distance awards in the summer term.
In both 2018 and 2019 our Girls’ swim squad came second in the Borough in the Richmond Swimming Gala and also in 2019 four of our swimmers competed in the English Schools Swimming Association’s (ESSA) Team Championships, putting us easily into the top 20 fastest swimming teams in the country.
Parents take their children in Years 5 and 6 to the pool for 07.45 and they are taken back to school by coach ready for breakfast in the dining room before lessons. A coach takes Years 1 and 3 to the pool for 08.45 and they return to school for lessons at 10.00. Years 2 and 4 are taken to the pool by coach for 09.15 and return at 10.30. 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 teachers. 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. They must not run around in the foyer or in the cafeteria area. Parents are requested to keep 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.
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.
During the spring term, we hold Mothers v Daughters netball and Fathers v 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, which are a much-anticipated part of the school calendar.