The highlight of the athletics season is Sports Day, where all pupils compete for a plethora of cups and trophies, many of which have an incredible history attached.
Victor and Victrix Ludorum awards are the ultimate achievement for any sportsman or woman and these are awarded at junior, intermediate and senior levels. Pupils compete for their school houses, and school records are also up for grabs in each event.
Athletics is taught during PE lessons with training facilities available throughout games afternoons and into the evening for athletes who want to take their competition to the next level. The competition pathway consists of regional local and regional qualifiers, with successful athletes travelling to compete in the Welsh Schools Finals which take place in Cardiff every June. Our pupils qualify for this on an annual basis and perform well against the country’s best opposition.
Badminton is taught in PE lessons and is a tremendous sport to develop hand-eye coordination, throwing skills, agility and tactics. There is also a badminton club lead by Mrs Harding, which competes in local evening leagues. Teams consist of pupils and staff from the school and the opposition is provided by local badminton clubs. We also host a number of friendly fixtures throughout the year against local teams. Our heated sports hall provides an excellent venue to host these events.
Football is played by Sixth form pupils in the Spring term, and they also compete in a select number of fixtures and independent school competitions. The school’s astro turf provides a fantastic training surface, whatever the weather. Inter-house football also proves popular, and pupils have opportunities to play in their free time on either the astro turf, school Multi Use Games Area or on grass pitches.
The school has two squash courts based on the school campus. These are used for pupils to play on a social basis with many Sixth form students using it as an opportunity to wind down in a free period. Opportunities to play are also supervised during enrichment sessions which prove very popular with pupils.
Table tennis has been played at the school socially in school and boarding communal areas for a number of years. More recently it has formed part of extra-curricular clubs, being well attended during lunchtimes, and it forms part of the GCSE PE curriculum. There are some outstanding players within the school who compete for clubs in competitions outside of school.