Sport is an essential part of our curriculum. We pride ourselves on ensuring that all children have the opportunity to achieve their best in a variety of competitive sports as well as to become physically confident in a way that supports a healthy and active lifestyle.
Through lessons and fixtures, we develop not only the core skills of a wide range of sports, but also children’s creativity, decision making and tactical understanding, whilst ensuring enjoyment and a life-long participation in sport. As the children progress we give them increasing opportunities to compete, building character and equipping them with skills and values such as fairness and respect which extend far into their school and home life. On the field, we always play to win whilst demonstrating high levels of sportsmanship at all times.
Develop a lasting love of sport.
Have the opportunity to learn play and complete in all sports.
Receive the right challenge and support in lesson, clubs and fixtures.
Are well-prepared for the sport offered at their senior school.
Are competitive at the highest level.
At every level and age, participation in sport should lead to a positive sense of well-being, a greater understanding of health and fitness, a healthy lifestyle, a strong feeling of self-confidence and an enthusiasm to take part in a variety of sport.
All children should have the opportunity to learn, play and compete in all sports. Through our Clubs programme, we enhance the Games curriculum by offering many mixed gender sporting opportunities.
Supporting competitive team sport and individual sportsmanship throughout each child’s performance pathway is one of our core responsibilities.
We combine Games, PE and Swimming lessons with regular fixtures, triangular matches, galas, House matches, sports tours and tournaments both within LJS and against other schools. In PE lessons, children learn and participate in a varied programme of games skills, dance, gymnastics, outdoor and adventurous activities, and athletics. Every child, from Reception to Year 6 swims regularly each term in Oundle’s flagship pool under the instruction of specialist swimming coaches.
We endeavour to give each child the opportunity to represent a team at both School and House level, helping encourage competition and enjoyment. Games sessions are introduced in Year 3 where, throughout the year, the children play Rugby, Hockey, Football, Netball and Cricket together. In Years 4, 5 and 6, when more frequent fixtures are played, the Games curriculum is divided into: Michaelmas Term: Rugby for boys and Hockey for girls, Lent Term: Hockey for boys and Netball for girls and Summer Term: Cricket for all.
Dependent upon the season, our grounds are used for different sports. Across the year, this accommodates 5 football pitches, 5 rugby pitches, 4 rounders pitches or 2 cricket pitches. We also have 2 basketball courts, 2 netball courts, 1 artificial cricket wicket, 2 cricket nets and 2 tennis courts. Inside the large sports hall, we have 2 badminton courts, 1 mini basketball court, and an array of gym equipment.
We have our own talented teaching staff of sports specialists who work with all our children from all year groups. We are also fortunate in being part of Oundle School and therefore having access to numerous sports professionals and coaches who take a keen interest in the sporting development of our pupils.Claire Henderson, Assistant Head Co-Curricular
We also have access to Oundle’s extensive sporting facilities at the heart of which is a brand-new Sports Centre housing a fifty-metre divisible swimming pool with a moveable floor, an eight-court hall offering adaptable playing space for a range of sports, a separate fitness suite with seventy stations, a dedicated dance studio, three further multipurpose studios.
During term time, our pupils have allocated exclusive access to the Sports Centre and all associated courts and pitches. In addition, every pupil receives free annual membership to the Sports Centre for as long as they are part of LJS or Oundle School.