Physical Education and Games

The School is the proud recipient of the Sainsbury’s Platinum School Games Mark, which is the highest grade in this national award. It 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. 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 and aerobics, badminton and table tennis. 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 runs a 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).

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.

The IAPS Code of Practice for coaches, match officials, pupils, parents and spectators was formally adopted by IAPS Council on 30 November 2010 for sport in IAPS schools.

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. This code of conduct aims to ensure that enjoyment and participation remain at the heart of all we do.

Please click here to view the IAPS Code of Practice

Indoors or outdoors, sport plays a major part in a child’s education at Langley Preparatory School at Taverham Hall.