Sport plays a fundamental role in
life at St Ives
Sport is an integral part of our curriculum. We know that regular sporting participation
is vital for good health, general well-being and physical development. It also helps pupils develop confidence and social
skills through teamwork and individual activities, as well as an understanding
of rules and fair play. Our aim is for our
pupils to leave St Ives with a lifelong love of sport.
The school has two full-size tennis and netball
courts, a grass athletics track, a cross country circuit, a grass hockey pitch
and a sports hall on site. Additionally,
we have access to a 25m swimming pool that all pupils from Reception to Year 6 use
all year round.
Children in Nursery to Year 2 learn the fundamental skills which
promote physical literacy. Lessons are skills based and develop agility,
balance and co-ordination so that pupils can move efficiently as they enter move
into the Prep School. All PE lessons are
led by a PE specialist, with pupils enjoying an hour of PE a week as well as
weekly swimming lessons all year round, led by two swimming specialist
teachers, at no extra cost.
Lessons become more sports-specific in
the Prep School but still focus on the acquisition and development of
transferable skills. This approach cultivates excellence but also
encourages breadth of sporting experience. Our pupils take part in
netball, hockey, football, tennis, cricket, cross country, fitness, gymnastics,
pop lacrosse, rounders and dance. Pupils
have 2 hours of PE a week, as well as their weekly
All pupils from Year 2 upwards take part in termly
Inter-House sports competitions for hockey, netball, swimming, cross country,
cricket and rounders as part of the house system. Inter-House events culminate with the
ever-popular Sports Day in the summer term.
These events give every child the opportunity to represent their house and
experience competition in a friendly and supportive atmosphere. House Captains really take ownership of these
events, organising teams, leading warm-ups and inspiring and encouraging our
St Ives offers lunchtime clubs where
pupils have the extra opportunity to play sport and prepare for fixtures.
Clubs are inclusive and all pupils are encouraged to attend. In addition to this many clubs are offered before
or after school, with specialist teachers and coaches, including tennis,
cricket, golf, judo and ballet.
Over the years, St Ives has developed an excellent
reputation for competitive sport and we pride ourselves on the sporting
achievements of our pupils. Every pupil in Years 3-6 will have the
opportunity to represent their school in Inter-School matches. Pupils in Year 2 also have occasional sports
fixtures including swimming galas, cross country and athletics events – the
emphasis being on having fun. At the highest level, St Ives enters IAPS
competitions, regional tournaments and galas where pupils will be selected for
In 2019, the school swimming team came fourth nationally
in the small schools’ relay at the IAPS National Swimming Finals and then came
eighth in the National Final of the ESSA (England Schools Swimming Association)
U11 Small Schools Mixed Stroke Relay.
Individual performances at the same event were outstanding, with one
pupil coming in the top fifteen in the country for the U11 50m Backstroke and
another coming seventh for the U11 25m Butterfly.
This term, pupils have taken part in the IAPS Small
Schools’ Netball Tournament and have been training before school in preparation
for this prestigious event.