Participation in sports is embraced wholeheartedly 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 our girls and boys 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. Additionally, we 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.
All PE lessons are led by a PE specialist. Pre-Prep have 1.5 hours of PE a week including a half an hour swimming lesson, and all prep school pupils have 2.5 hours of PE a week including swimming lessons each week throughout the year.
Our pupils play netball, hockey, pop lacrosse, swimming, fitness, gymnastics, rounders, cross country, dance, and tennis. All pupils compete in inter-school matches as well as entering IAPS and county 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.
There are also lunchtime clubs during the week where the pupils have an extra opportunity to play sport.