Sport

Sport

The PE Department offer a broad curriculum and an extensive extra-curricular programme.  The main goal is to encourage participation and promote excellence through a variety of activities and opportunities promoted in lessons, lunchtime and after school clubs, inter-house competition, school teams and intra-school competition.

The major winter sports are rugby and hockey (boys) and hockey and netball (girls), which are played for one term each.  The school also competes in county cup football competitions up to U16 level (boys) and in county and local competition (girls). Hockey matches are held at Polo Farm, Canterbury with many students representing local clubs, county representative sides and national teams.

In the summer term cricket, rounders, tennis and athletics are the major sports.  School tennis for boys and girls continues to grow with teams and individuals enjoying great success in county and national competitions whilst girls' athletics enjoys immense success locally with individuals excelling at national and international level.  Cricket is traditionally very strong. We have won 6 Kent Cups titles in recent years, most recently winning both the U19 Kent League and U19 Lemon Cup in 2015. Girls’ cricket is developing in school with more opportunities to play and compete in both indoor and outdoor formats.

In addition to these main sports, students have the opportunity to take part and compete in cross-country running, basketball, golf, badminton, gymnastics and swimming.

Tours and trips are considered a key factor in promoting the values of sport and the need for a healthy, active lifestyle.  Trips to the Olympics, Six Nations and various international matches are supported by residential visits such as a Rugby Training camp in Normandy, Cricket and Netball tour to Barbados.