Sport for all
Our ethos of excellence combined with full participation is clearly seen in the field of sport. Girls enjoy a variety of sports within their timetabled PE lessons and our outstanding sports facilities are also used to their full advantage for extracurricular sporting activities. We are incredibly proud of the results our girls achieve at both a county and national level in a wide variety of sports. Junior School pupils benefit from lessons with a number of dedicated sports staff, all of whom compete regularly in their preferred discipline.
In addition to competing at the highest level both regionally and nationally, at GHS we strive to ensure that all pupils find their ‘fit’ in sport. An activity that, regardless of ability, they fall in love with and will continue to enjoy as they move into Senior School life and beyond.
MRs Georgie BELL, Head of junior School PE
From the earliest stages of their school lives, we encourage girls to be enthusiastic and excited about a wide variety of sporting activities. All girls enjoy the experience of being part of a team and learning new skills, whilst also learning about the health benefits of being active in daily life.
PE lessons take place in our purpose built gymnasium or at our fantastic Sports Centre. It comprises a 25m pool, multiple courts and pitches, a gym and direct access to Stoke Park.
Reception classes have timetabled PE lessons in gymnastics, dance, games, athletics, mini tennis, cricket and rounders. The focus of these lessons is on developing basic control, co-ordination and core skills for catching, throwing and striking. Swimming lessons are provided from Year 2 with an emphasis on technique as well as water safety and confidence.
PE lessons for older girls include netball, gym, dance, cricket, athletics, tag rugby, football and cross-country. From Year 3, girls have five timetabled periods of PE per week which includes year round swimming plus gymnastics, dance, netball, cricket, tag rugby, tennis, athletics, rounders and football. With support from Senior School teachers girls are also able to try other sports such as trampolining, triathlon and pop lacrosse.
A host of extracurricular sports clubs support curriculum PE lessons. These include weekly netball/cricket practice, swim and gym squad training, fencing, ballet and street dance.