Participation in sports is embraced whole-heartedly at St Ives from Reception upwards.
We believe that regular sporting participation is not only vital for good health and general well-being but also instils an early awareness of the need for and active lifestyle in later life. Additionally, it helps to develop an appreciation of team spirit, fair play and builds self-confidence and achievement as well as an awareness of self.
Over the years St Ives has developed an excellent reputation for competitive sports amongst our peers, and we pride ourselves on the sporting achievements of our pupils. We encourage everyone to join in, take part in matches and make every effort to provide opportunities for them to represent the school.
We are fortunate enough to have three full size tennis and netball courts, athletics track, cross country circuit, mini hockey pitch and a large gymnastics hall on site. That is not the limit of our options though and additionally have free access to a full-sized swimming pool that our pupils use year round, as well as a climbing wall that pushes pupils to challenge themselves without the support of a team around them, building resourcefulness, self-reliance and independence.
Sport plays an important role at St Ives. All PE lessons are taken by a PE specialist.
The pre prep have 1.5 hours of PE a week including half an hour swimming lesson and all senior school pupils have 2.5 hours of PE a week including a swimming lessons each week throughout the year.
They play netball, hockey, pop lacross, swimming, fitness, gymnastics, rounders, cross country, dance, and tennis.
All of the pupils compete for the school in inter-school matches as well as entering IAPS tournaments and Surrey tournaments.
As part of the house system, the pupils have inter-house competitions for netball, hockey, swimming, cross country and rounders as well as sports day. This gives each student an opportunity to take part and build a competitive yet friendly atmosphere.
The school teams play on a regular basis against other local schools and play nearly every week.
There are lunchtime clubs during the week where the pupils have an extra opportunity to play sport.