The aim of Physical Education and Games within the Prep School is to acquire an enthusiasm and enjoyment in physical activity whilst at the same time, assist each individual’s physical, social and creative development. Subsequently, each boy is given the opportunity to acquire and develop their practical competence and theoretical understanding across a broad spectrum of activities whilst offering chances to display their talents in competitive situations.
The Physical Education programme is delivered by qualified specialist teachers throughout the School whilst the extensive Games programme is supported by coaches who not only have national recognised coaching awards, but have a wealth of experience and expertise in coaching different sports at various age and ability levels.
The department is well resourced offering a variety of age-specific equipment to assist the early stages of skill development. In terms of facilities, there is a large sports hall, a smaller multi-purpose hall, various playground spaces as well as on-site playing fields including an artificial wicket and cricket nets. The school also has access to an all-weather athletics track, swimming pool, nine-hole golf course and extensive open-space in Verulamian Park all within walking distance. The school also has use of playing fields at Napsbury Park where there is a pavilion, an excellent cricket square and a second cricket strip suitable for soft-ball games. In the winter months, there will be numerous junior rugby & football pitches.
Each class in the Lower Prep has two P.E. lessons per week covering subjects such as gymnastics & movement, ball skills & games as well as athletic activities. Confidence in the P.E environment is developed alongside practical competence as well as fostering social skills such as working cooperatively and taking turns. In the upper stages of the Prep school, where each class has one P.E. lesson per week, pupils complete a well-balanced programme of activities covering health & fitness activities, gymnastics & movement, ball skills & games, hockey, basketball and athletics. Swimming is also a part of the curriculum for boys in Reception to Prep 2 where qualified ASA instructors install water confidence before developing the different strokes.
Games and Fixtures Programme
Rugby is the major game taught in both the
Michaelmas and Lent term whilst in the Trinity Term cricket is the main focus. The games programme also includes rugby 7s, football, cross-country, basketball, swimming and athletics. Games is introduced in Year 2 with an extensive and competitive fixture list from Under 8 through to Under 11.The department has gained a number of notable achievements at a district, county, regional and national level. As well as developing excellence, the Prep school is very proud of the sport for all ethos where each boy has the opportunity to represent the school in the major games. Every effort is made to celebrate individual and team success whatever the standard.
Inter-house events link the sporting and pastoral elements of the school and provide each boy the opportunity to represent their house. Whole school events such as the swimming gala, Upper Prep sports day, Lower Prep sports day are supported by inter-house competitions in rugby, football, cross-country, cricket and basketball. It is through these experiences that the ideals of participation, sportsmanship and fair play are promoted where good manners, modesty, etiquette and camaraderie are of up most importance.