Christmas Term Sports
Hockey is the main winter sport for girls. They train on Astroturf and the school benefits from having three pitches, one of them full size. In Years 7 & 8, the best Hockey players are selected to make up the 1st and 2nd team squads. Matches for these girls are a mixture of 7- and 11-a-side games, usually depending upon the size of the opposition school. The rest of the girls are divided into equal ability groups, and these will take it in turns to play matches against other school's 2nd and 3rd teams. In Years 5 and 6 there are squads for the As and Bs who regularly play in 7-a-side matches, whilst the other girls also have the opportunity to play a number of games, internal and external, as part of the grouping system.
The main winter sport for boys is Rugby Union. At the top level, the Senior sides compete on a challenging circuit against a number of the strongest rugby-playing schools in the South of England, and have enjoyed many successful seasons, earning silverware in the process. A large number of fixtures are arranged every year for A, B, C and D teams at all age groups from U10 through to U13, whilst additional games are organised at development levels to offer as many children as possible the opportunity for match-day experiences at the appropriate time. Generally, matches are introduced gradually, with the emphasis on developing skills and enjoyment, whilst competing internally.