Sports at The Grange School is going into an exciting period with the build of our new £6m state of the art Sports Hall.
The new Sports Hall provides club standard badminton, netball and indoor hockey facilities, international size basketball and tennis courts, gym, dance studio, changing facilities, a new multi-use games area, offices, classroom, storage and an internal climbing wall. The new Sports hall complements the already significant external sports facilities across the school sites. The designs for the Sports Hall have been developed by the school over time and Governors and School Leaders are delighted that the Sports Hall will deliver in accordance with our ambitious plans for our school estate.
Our other impressive facilities include an athletics track, all weather pitch, a purpose built Pavilion and playing fields, impressive Boat House, and extensive outdoor space at the Senior School. The Junior School has excellent sporting facilities containing a large gymnasium, significant playing fields, and 2 netball courts.
The high level of facilities that the school has offer a limitless capacity for the successful candidate to develop and grow in their role.
Our vision is to create a learning environment where every student has the knowledge and understanding of how a quality physical education has a positive influence on life choices they make in relation to life-long physical activity, health, confidence and well-being.
The Sporting programme is designed to enable students to experience and develop a range of abilities within and beyond the school day, to include physical, social, personal, cognitive and creative elements. The aim is to promote not only the physical fitness and development of the student but also the building of character and cooperative team work. We teach the importance of having both a healthy body and healthy attitude to life, in order for them to be capable of meeting many of the physical and mental demands of the modern world.
Students are encouraged to have a positive attitude to participation and perform to the best of their ability at all times; they are assisted to achieve their full potential in each aspect of the subject and the education of the “whole person” is something that is strived for in all teaching & coaching situations.
The timetabled components of our academic programme are increasingly varied as students move up through the school in order to retain interest. Through the very wide range of activities offered in the syllabus, it is hoped that each student will find at least one that they can pursue as an interest on leaving school and take into adult life. On average students are required to spend about 10% of their timetable participating in physical activity and we also offer A Level Physical Education in the Sixth Form. There are also other opportunities for accreditation in Physical Education and PE Leadership/Coaching.
Our enrichment programme provides challenging, stimulating and innovative experiences for all students. There are teams in each year group in netball, hockey, rugby and football and across all age groups in tennis, athletics, swimming, cricket and rounders. There is a thriving and successful rowing club open to students from Year 9 upwards and a well-developed and diverse enrichment programme for the Sixth Form.
Outdoor Education is integrated into the Sports curriculum and an important part of school life with almost all our students undertaking Bronze level award in Duke of Edinburgh. House competitions take place in all major sports giving many students who do not represent the school the opportunity to be involved in competitive games. We encourage leadership and recognise and celebrate success at all levels and encourage a partnership between students, schools, parents and other relevant agencies, e.g. National Governing Bodies & community clubs.
A full fixture list of friendly matches is provided for most sports with school teams also entered in area, county, regional and national competitions. Every year the school can boast a significant number of students who are selected for representative teams in all sports.
Parental support at fixtures and events is generally excellent and we make use of external coaches for a number of specialist sporting activities such as Taekwondo and Zumba. We also regularly invite PE experts to present to our students on a range of topics from Nutrition to Physiology and have forged excellent links with many local Sports clubs where many of our students are members.