Sport commands an important place within our school life for all children. St Hugh's offers a wide range of games to suit most tastes and these are available from an early age as part of our formal curriculum.
The following sports are played throughout the year:
Autumn Term: Hockey and Rugby
Spring Term: Netball, Soccer (Y3-6 boys) and Hockey (Y7 & 8 boys)
Summer Term: Rounders and Cricket.
Cross Country, Athletics and Swimming are also coached as part of the games curriculum.
All children from Year 3 upwards get the opportunity to represent the school at sport each term. We also enter a range of regional and national competitions. The U13 girls are previous county hockey champions. Those with a particular talent are also given opportunities to play at a higher level and we have a number of children who have represented their county at particular sports. We have also reached the ESSA national swimming finals every year for the last decade.
Physical Education is valued because as well as helping to develop the full physical potential of each child, it helps to foster confidence, self-esteem and social skills. Children begin to understand what is involved in team membership, learning to appreciate fair play and sportsmanship. In Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to take the Young Leader Award, certified by Sports Leaders UK. The physical education programme is extensive and includes, gymnastics, creative dance, orienteering, cross-country, basketball, badminton, health related fitness and hand ball. All children in the school enjoy a swimming lesson each week and take part in swimming competitions throughout the year.
Our large games department has a low coach/player ratio which is complemented by the extensive facilities here at St Hugh’s. Our children have access to a 16m indoor pool, astroturf, sports hall, netball/tennis courts and widespread playing fields all on the school site.
We also offer specific sports scholarships on year 7 entry which include individually tailored fitness sessions for sports scholars. We help our students develop a personal profile booklet alongside mentoring to assist with sports scholar applications to schools for year 9 entry.
Given the fact our pupils range from 2-13 years, we are able to offer the added opportunity to take on leadership roles and assist with younger pupils’ development.
Sports tours also take place every two years. Previous trips have included a South Africa rugby tour and a rugby and hockey tour to Dublin.