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 – and girls train for cross-country on nearby Hampstead Heath.
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.