Our Sport and Physical Activity Programmes are designed to develop our pupils physically, mentally and socially, promoting a positive attitude towards health and fitness and a lifelong passion for sport. Our Outdoor Education Programme teaches a range of skills and attributes, many of which cannot be learned in classrooms.
Sport and Outdoor Education at College provides activities that inspire and empower, building the resilience required for both professional and personal spheres.
As pupils develop their talents, they are learning the importance of a healthy lifestyle and transferrable skills, such as the value of teamwork and communication skills.
If a pupil has already developed a particular talent, we have the expertise to help her reach her potential. If she has yet to find her sporting passion or interest, she will be able to do so through the enormous range of sports on offer.
The pupils are taught by a large team of enthusiastic and inspirational teachers and professional coaches within our Sport and PE Department. Many pupils train at our Health and Fitness Centre, which includes two sports halls, a climbing wall, 25m swimming pool, activity studio, dance studio, five squash courts and fitness gym with free weights, spin, rowing and erg areas. Netball and Tennis are taught two minutes' walk away on a dedicated site boasting 17 courts, while Rowing and Equestrian take place a short minibus drive away. College also offers Alexander Technique lessons to help with performance in music, drama and sport.
We are one of a small number of schools that play hockey, lacrosse and netball up to senior first team standard throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms. We therefore have a busy fixture list with up to 20 teams playing every Saturday. This means there are plenty of opportunities to play competitively for College. Sports clubs and team training sessions run predominately on weekdays (4.45pm – 6.15pm) and are open to all pupils of all abilities.
If a pupil represents College in one of the many teams she will be required to attend the relevant team training sessions, to gain an understanding of team tactics, run through set pieces, play mini games, receive specialist coaching and develop specific skills for upcoming matches. She will meet like-minded pupils and regularly represent College in matches.
Recent sports tours have taken girls to Dubai, Australia and New Zealand, as well as to skiing competitions in France. Team players are also encouraged to represent the county, region or country if selected, with girls competing at national and international level in Hockey, Lacrosse, Tennis, Equestrian and Polo in recent years.
Girls are encouraged to challenge themselves and develop responsibility. From climbing and bushcraft, to sailing and trekking, courage and creativity are nurtured in numerous ways. There are outdoor activities in Year 7 (LC1), a residential weekend in Year 8 (LC2) and a camp in Year 9 (LC3). Pupils are also encouraged to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, a worthwhile scheme for both personal development and university applications.
Our Adventure Club offers a wide range of activities including kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, mountain biking and walking in the Cotswolds. Qualifications are available in topics ranging from First Aid to scuba diving. The department also runs excursions to far-flung destinations, ranging from Peru and Borneo to India and Tanzania.