Platinum Award – ‘sport for all’
The School is the proud recipient of the Sainsbury’s Platinum School Games Mark for 2018/19 and 2019/20, which is the highest grade in this national award. Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall are the first and only school in Norfolk to have achieved this top level and follows on from having obtained four previous consecutive gold awards in 2018/2017, 2017/2016, 2016/2015 and 2015/2014.
The award recognises our ‘sport for all’ philosophy, the high level of attainment, inclusivity and provision for sport in the School, as well as our contribution to the wider community and the leadership opportunities for pupils. Children learn the importance of practice and preparation, how to set realistic goals and work towards achieving them as well as how to aspire to improve and challenge themselves. Determination and resilience are naturally linked in with this as well as an understanding the importance of a respect for others, managing emotions and how to win with pride and lose with grace.
Health and fitness are promoted through a sporting programme at our Taverham Hall site where everyone is encouraged to participate and, importantly, have fun at all levels of ability. As well as the benefits of fresh air and exercise, sport also brings out personal qualities such as team spirit, pride, leadership and fair play.
Sport at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall is geared to performance, participation and enjoyment. We are fortunate to have wonderful outdoor and indoor facilities: the fantastic pitches set against a woodland back drop, an indoor swimming pool, tennis courts, a nearby astro turf pitch and a superb sports hall.
‘Many pupils succeed at sports and other activities at county, national or international level, as well as in school, reflecting the very high standard of achievement in these which are a major factor in the promotion of personal qualities.’ ISI
Sport is taught three afternoons a week, coupled with additional PE and swimming lessons including swim squads for more able swimmers to help them prepare for galas and event. As well as all the traditional disciplines such as rugby, netball, cricket, hockey and athletics, there are plenty of extracurricular sporting activities such as tennis, dance, aerobics and badminton. In addition, our own stretch of river frontage opens up a whole new world of possibilities, from fishing to canoeing – which is enormously popular and undertaken with great relish.
The School also runs an extracurricular Swimming Clinic and sessions for these take place in the School’s indoor swimming pool offering pupils one-to-two swimming lessons and also small group sessions with the School’s swimming teacher. These child-centred lessons follow guidelines from Swim England (formally ASA).
Fixtures and competitions
Pupils follow a progressive and challenging games curriculum in which they are encouraged to enjoy sport as a team player, whatever their skill level. Teams are generally selected on ability as well as suitability of players for the various positions.
We compete in weekly fixtures against other schools, as well as entering into local, regional and national competitions. Our sports department endeavour to run as many teams as possible in every age group to allow as many children as possible to represent the school each season. For exceptionally talented individuals, there will be the opportunity for further development and coaching with the aim to represent their county and beyond.
There are also House matches each term. The points from all age groups count equally towards the final House cup. At the end of each term, colours are awarded to outstanding performers in the major sports.
In recent years pupils have been successful in various aspects of sport. Particularly noteworthy are those in netball county training squads, national athletics medal winners, national prep school rugby players and county cricketers, nationally ranked pupils in swimming and tennis as well as winners of various tournaments.
Sport is a very important element of life in our school. It is participated in and enjoyed by large numbers of boys and girls of all ages and abilities. The IAPS Code of Practice aims to ensure that enjoyment and participation remain at the heart of all we do: IAPS Code of Practice
Indoors or outdoors, sport plays a major part in a child’s education at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall.