Sport – Age 13 – 18

Sport is a key component of the education provision at St Paul’s School.

Sport at St Paul’s School is fully inclusive and the aim is to identify and help develop the potential of all boys from the interested novice to the elite performer.

St Paul’s aims to give every pupil the chance to benefit from learning through sport by playing and being taught the sport of his choice at the level best suited to his abilities and interest. We provide a wealth of sport from which pupils of all abilities are free to choose after their first term at 13+ entry and all pupils are encouraged to adopt and maintain an active, healthy lifestyle. The safety and welfare of the pupils is our top priority at all times.

The sports programme serves to reinforce many of the traits and values we believe are important, including: commitment, honesty, leadership, resilience, respect, responsibility, scholarship, self-discipline and teamwork. The programme is designed and resourced to be fully inclusive, catering for the needs and enjoyment of all pupils, from the interested novice to the elite performer.  Every pupil is encouraged to maximise the realisation of his potential for growth physically, mentally, socially and emotionally, to develop his character in a broad sense.

St Paul’s School has a very strong reputation for sport and there is a very demanding fixture list in all of the main school sports.  Pupils are expected to commit to playing for the school, with fixtures taking place weekly on Saturdays or weekdays (depending on the sport) in all three terms.  Many pupils are able to represent the school in inter-school fixtures, while a number of individuals and teams regularly progress in regional, national and international teams and competitions.

There are almost 30 physical activities to choose from on the Games Programme.  In addition to the major sports, there are opportunities to participate in badminton, croquet, cycling, hockey (Fourth Form), table tennis, ultimate frisbee and windsurfing.

All sporting activities occur in the weekly games half, an afternoon dedicated to games options, and the Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Form also have timetabled periods of Physical Education each week. Extra practice and skill sessions are held in our 100 minute lunch-break when the pupils can receive in-depth coaching on their preferred sport.

The school benefits from an outstanding team of elite and expert coaches and support staff, many of whom can boast their own impressive sporting achievements.