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.


Pre-Prep Sport


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. 


Prep Sport

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 swimming lessons.    



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 younger pupils.



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 teams.

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.


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