Sport : Inspiring a love of sport


Physical Education and Games are considered to be an important part of life at St Francis and our Sports Curriculum is broad and balanced. Lessons are taught by physical education specialists who have expertise and enthusiasm for sport.

Our philosophy is to ‘inspire a love of sport’ and all pupils, whatever their ability, represent the school in competitive sports matches against other schools. Representing the school can be a major motivation for some pupils and we provide them with this experience.

The fixture list of matches and tournaments against other schools is extensive in both depth and variety and includes the tournaments that are hosted each term by St Francis School. Opportunities for competitive sport are supplemented by our Inter House Competitions. The School boasts a total of 2 Rugby pitches, 2 football pitches, an athletics field, 2 tennis/netball courts, an all-weather cricket pitch, cricket nets (indoor and outdoor) and The Hemery Hall – a multi-purpose sports hall – which is used by the school and the wider community for a range of indoor sports.

Major Team Games

Autumn Term

Football (boys), Hockey (girls), Swimming, Cross Country, Biathlon

Spring Term

Rugby (boys), Netball (girls), Pop Lacrosse, Cross Country, Swimming, Biathlon

Summer Term

Cricket (boys), Rounders (girls), Athletics, Swimming

Read our Team Selection Policy

A range of sports including football, netball, rounders, rugby, cricket, cross country, orienteering, judo and fencing, and hockey can be enjoyed as after-school or lunchtime clubs. Pupils may also attend our early morning and after-school Elite Swimming Squad training sessions. Additional sports that are taught as part of the curriculum are: tennis, badminton, gymnastics, basketball, and dance.