Children look forward to sports and games lessons, which provide a contrast to the intensity of the academic timetable.
Sports sessions help the children to develop social skills and learn the importance of give and take. Where possible, children should have the opportunity to take part in competitive events and matches if they wish to do so, rather than there being a first eleven team to which they should aspire. Most important, sports should be fun.
Children are introduced to a range of sports and skills – hockey, cricket, rounders, netball, football, touch rugby and cross country running. These develop hand eye co-ordination, fine and gross motor skills and prepare them for sporting interests at senior schools.
Early years use the school’s equipped gym and develop balance, coordination and confidence. All forms use the two playgrounds for team sports and from seven years old, children also take part in swimming sessions at Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre and weekly use of the playing fields on Primrose Hill.
Sports clubs begin from Septimus with football, netball, fencing and hockey and regular matches and events take place through the ISA and with local schools.