A strong sporting ethos
For a relatively small school, St Andrew’s certainly punches above its sporting weight. Both boys' and girls' teams have consistently achieved county, regional and national success in a variety of sports and our newly built Sports Centre will undoubtedly inspire our pupils to yet dizzier heights in the future.
We are fortunate enough to have a combination of wonderful grounds and our committed staff enthuse our pupils to strive for their best, but most of all to enjoy their sport each and every day.
Our ‘sport for all’ mantra is something we believe affords each of our pupils the opportunity to flourish and live a healthy and active life, not only here at St Andrew’s but at their chosen senior schools.
Naturally we are incredibly proud of the sporting achievements of our pupils. Equally, the sight of a boy hitting his first boundary in cricket or a girl scoring her first ever goal in netball affords us as teachers just as much satisfaction as some of the more glittering performances at national or regional level.
We like to think that in sport we are here to engender spirit, fair play and team work, the fancy dress trio lining up for the triathlon, the camaraderie on the start line on Sports Day, the three cheers for the opposition, win lose or draw (and don’t forget the champagne) the resilience on Dolman day, even when the lead runner is disappearing into the distance.
All of this epitomises what makes sport such a vital part of our pupils’ lives. We play hard, encouraging healthy competition and we love to win, but being gracious in defeat is equally important to all of us here at St Andrew’s.
We seek not only to maximise the physical performance of each child but equally to engender a feeling of well-being, of fun and enjoyment and to build self-confidence amongst all pupils.
Pupils in the Pre-Prep have 2 to 3 hours of sport every week by specialist teachers and in the Prep School, pupils are lucky to play at least one hour of sport every single day. Every afternoon Prep School pupils have Games lessons focussing on the major team sports. Girls and boys are taught separately by specialist staff. In addition to this, pupils in Years 3 to 6 have PE lessons where a wider variety of activities are covered and there is a focus on the development of each child's strength, co-ordination, stamina, skill and spatial/tactical awareness .
Matches are generally on Wednesday afternoons, although younger pupils often play on Fridays. Teams are run from Year 3 (Under 8s) to senior level (Under 13s) in a wide variety of sports including athletics, cricket, cross-country, football, golf, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rugby, swimming, rounders and tennis. The high number of School matches arranged during the school year ensure that the maximum number of children have the opportunity of representing their school in a team, irrespective of their ability.
Year 8 Pupil “St Andrew’s is a great academic and sporting school. Without the experience at St Andrew’s, I would not be the person I am today.”