The School promotes fitness, well-being and healthy competition and offers a wide variety of team and individual sports at all levels of ability. Our committed and highly qualified sports staff provide expert coaching to a high level and all pupils take part in some form of physical exercise through timetabled physical education lessons, games sessions, team practices, after-school activities and the Saturday afternoon programme. Those that wish to, have the opportunity to enjoy sport every day.
Our fantastic 200 acre grounds offer expansive games fields for rugby, cricket, rounders, hockey and football, all-weather hockey pitches, tennis and netball courts, field and track athletics facilities, cross-country courses and a nine-hole golf course. Indoor facilities include a large swimming pool, squash courts, a multi-purpose sports hall and fitness suite.
In Years 7 to 9, all pupils are encouraged to play the main team sports that promote invaluable social interaction and the opportunity to represent their school. The School aims to inspire young people with a lifelong interest in sport and with so much on offer there is something for everyone to enjoy, whatever their ability. This positive approach generates an atmosphere of enthusiasm and healthy competition and as a result, many find themselves not only involved, but excelling in a sport they might not have considered trying before joining the School.
The School has representative teams in most sports at all age levels and fixtures are organised against other independent schools. These take place on Saturdays and mid-week and it is not uncommon to field more than 20 representative teams on one afternoon with hundreds of parents supporting on the sideline.
The main team sports are:
Girls - hockey
Boys - rugby
Girls - netball
Boys - hockey
Girls - rounders
Boys - cricket
Other team sports offered are basketball, football and team sailing.
Sports available as an activity or through the integrated sports programme include golf, sailing, horse riding, judo, kickboxing, golf, swimming (pool and open water), mountain biking, biathlon, cross-country, athletics, badminton, tennis, squash, racket ball, table-tennis, trampolining and kayaking.
Elite Sportsmen and Sportswomen
Pupils of all ages regularly achieve club and school county levels, and occasionally national team recognition, in a variety of sports, but in particular sailing (Olympic Pathway Development Squads, Transition, national and international recognition, BSDRA) rugby (Suffolk, ISRFU (Lambs), Eastern Counties and England U16 caps), cricket (England, Suffolk and Essex County), hockey (Suffolk, Eastern Counties, England), netball (Super League Mavericks Development Squad, Suffolk Academy), athletics (Suffolk, National Schools), rounders (Suffolk, England U18 cap) and cross-country running (all-county, Eastern Counties). Pupils achieving the very best in their field are supported, encouraged and guided by the Director of Sports and coaching staff.
As well as games sessions, pupils in Years 7 to 9 take part in Physical Education lessons. These are taught in class groups and encompass half-termly modules. Through this programme, pupils are provided with the opportunity to develop a broad range of skills and interests.
The following are taught in half term blocks: gymnastics/trampolining, basketball, badminton, indoor athletics, tennis, Introduction to the Multi-gym (Year 9 only).
As well as regular swimming lessons, pupils can use the swimming pool for leisure swimming. Keen and talented swimmers can join the School Squad, which trains throughout the week. Senior pupils can also train to become qualified lifeguards