Sport

The main aim of the sports department is that every child leaves the school having enjoyed playing games.In the first year at the Dragon, children have three one-hour sessions a week with sole use of the fields, gym and swimming pool. The nine and ten year olds (Years 5 & 6) play games on Monday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons. Children in their final two years play on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday afternoons.

We try to find fixtures against other schools for as many children as possible. Last year Dragon teams were involved in over 800 matches, with one afternoon when the school fielded 32 teams. Whilst we are able to push some children on to national standards and sports scholarships, being a large school means that not every child is able to represent the school every term so the emphasis is on skill development. We also have a hotly contested internal competition between the four games groups. The King Farlowe Cup is awarded to the winning Group and the children develop a great loyalty to their team. Last year, over 30 separate competitions counted towards the Cup.

In most years the Dragon will field teams in rugby (including 7s), girls hockey, boys hockey, football, netball, cricket, rounders, boys tennis, girls tennis, table tennis, athletics, cross country, swimming, riding, golf, sculling, squash, fencing, judo, skiing, badminton and basketball.

The pupils' skills and achievements in a wide variety of sports are excellent. The success enjoyed in all team sports and by many individuals has earned the school a national award and each year pupils gain sports awards to their senior schools and recognition at county and national level.

ISI Integrated Inspection, November 2014

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