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Fired up: Sport

Physical activity is as much a part of learning here as any academic subject. We aim to engender an attitude of sport for life and sport for all in every South Hampstead girl, grounding our PE provision in an ethos of inclusive excellence.

We want every girl to find their sporting niche. And there is plenty of choice from the dozens of different sporting activities on offer at the school’s impressive on-site facilities and four-acre sports ground nearby. There is a premier league cricket pitch available, numerous netball and tennis courts, a dance studio and fitness suite. Girls train for cross-country on nearby Hampstead Heath and swim at Swiss Cottage pool.

A to E team participation means that girls of all levels get to compete. Cricket and football, two of the fastest-growing women’s games, are key sports for us, along with netball, cross-country and gymnastics. But girls enjoy the whole spectrum of other sports and activities, from athletics, British Military Fitness and dance to trampolining, yoga and Zumba. ‘Sports for All’ weeks encourage pupils to try new sports such as handball, rugby and acroyoga. All girls recently ran (at least) a mile as part of our Girls Run the World GDST challenge, collectively smashing our 1,000-mile target.

Excellence is nurtured with regular competitive fixtures, specialist training coaches and our Going for Gold programme for our most talented sportswomen competing at county, regional and national levels. Sporting successes are celebrated at our annual Sports Awards evening, with prizes presented by inspirational guest speakers, including Olympic medallists. And the standards keep going up. This year’s Sports Day, despite record temperatures, saw more than a dozen records broken, testament to our growing focus on sports and the impressive breadth and depth of talent that is emerging.

Staff stories

Mr Tristan Jones
Director of Studies & Teacher of Maths
After reading Mathematics at Cambridge, Mr Jones enjoyed a brief stint as a lottery report writer before becoming a teacher. A fan of the outdoors and an adventurous climber, he has conquered ambitious rock faces across the globe. Mathematics is the most popular A Level subject in the Sixth Form, where he helps his students scale new heights - this year saw a record number of A*s. He also sits on the Senior Leadership Team as Director of Studies and has successfully calculated the formula for winning the staff relay at sports day.
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Netball goals scored in matches last year
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Sports Day records smashed in 2019
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Sports clubs and teams to join

Facilities

  • Full Size Sports Hall
  • Four Acre Sports Ground & Pavilion
  • Fitness Suite
  • Dance Studio
  • Eight Tennis Courts (three Hard, three Astro and two Clay)
  • Seven A-Side Astro Pitch
  • Five Netball Courts & One Mini Court
  • Muga (Multi Use Games Area)
  • Two Squash Courts

Going for Gold programme

The Going for Gold programme supports those pupils who are recognised by the PE department to be gifted and talented in a sporting activity. The programme aims to help girls to realise their potential by achieving a good sport/work/life balance and by tracking and monitoring their progress. We currently have a number of students competing very successfully at county and/or National level in a range of sports.

Girls are asked to attend the ‘Going for Gold’ sessions if they are currently participating in a sport at County level or higher, or are recognised by the school as a girl who has great potential to reach such levels. A number of meetings or group sessions will take place over the course of the year and will focus on a variety of topics, such as Sports Psychology, Nutrition and Time Management.

We aim high for ourselves, not to be better than others.

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