Sport and Physical Education

Sport and Physical Education

“Sport has the power to change the world, It has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair.”
Nelson Mandela

Underpinned by an ethos of ‘sport for all’, sport at Eaton Square Senior School aims to encourage participation in all of our pupils, offering opportunities for competition, and supporting excellence in those who strive for it. Our goal is to engender a lifelong enjoyment and participation in sport and exercise in our pupils.

Sport’s universal framework for learning values, such as team building, perseverance and self- discipline, contributes immeasurably to the soft skills needed for a successful life beyond school.

We are committed to providing opportunity for participation, enjoyment and performance in a range of physical activities with active, challenging and dynamic learning situations.

Lessons are designed to cater for each individual pupil in respect of promoting the development of movement coordination and the acquisition of motor skills. It is essential that pupils understand the benefits of exercise and it is hoped that this will stimulate a lasting interest in sport and physical recreation.

Pupils have a 90-minute, and a 120-minute Games lesson per week, as well as one 50-minute Physical Education lesson. In this time, pupils are encouraged to enhance their inter-personal skills in co-operative and competitive situations and appreciate the importance of personal qualities relating to sportsmanship and fair play.

The psychological benefits of sport are of vital importance and through consistent participation, pupils who are given the opportunity to succeed, irrespective of ability, develop self-esteem and self-confidence.

A major strength of Eaton Square Senior School sport is our committed, passionate, and expert teaching and coaching staff. The department offers specialist coaches across our major sports and can boast an extensive range of playing and coaching experience in our staff.

In 18/19, Eaton Square Senior School sport took part in 71 extramural sports fixtures across Athletics, Football, Rugby, Cricket, Hockey, Netball and Swimming. Incredibly, over 76% of pupils have represented the school in sport, including 100% of pupils in Years 7 and 8.

Competitively we have introduced a girls’ football team, two netball, where possible; two rugby, hockey, and football teams in each year group, an athletics squad, and a competitive swim squad. The Sports Department has also run a number of well attended clubs throughout the academic year including football, fencing, cross-country, cross-fit, table tennis, rugby, multi-sports, golf, and swimming.

We have also run a number of trips and visits throughout this academic year, most notably the Sports and Culture Tour of South Africa and the school’s annual ski trip. Alongside these larger overseas trips, we have taken trips to watch The Varsity Match at Twickenham Stadium, to watch international netball and hockey matches, and to attend the SCWC at Lords.

Our Sports

Football

Football is the most popular sport at Eaton Square Senior School, and pupils have the opportunity to play throughout both the first and second terms at our facility in Acton.  We try to adopt a positive and smart philosophy, encouraging a passing style in the right areas, whilst ensuring we don’t concede possession in dangerous positions. Pupils get a chance to play with both the year above and the year below, which gives them an opportunity to practise leadership skills and stretch themselves in more demanding fixtures.

Football is made accessible for all with training, practice matches and fixtures for all ages and abilities. As a school, we punch above our weight when it comes to competitive matches and have had some fantastic results over the last few years.  Our most notable triumph to date being a runners-up medal in last years 9-a-side independent school’s competition at St George’s Park.

Rugby

Rugby is one of the major sports during the autumn term and the school fields teams across all ages groups.

We believe that participation in team invasion sports, particularly Rugby, helps to develop the soft skills and personal qualities that transcend sport and help to develop the character of each of our pupils.  Rugby encourages our pupils to develop leadership, courage and resilience, as well as an understanding of hard work, respect, discipline and teamwork.  We create opportunities for our pupils to learn how to win magnanimously and to lose with grace.

Rugby at Eaton Square Senior School is a sport that is open to all and, as a staff, we aim to create the safest and most enjoyable learning environment possible for our pupils.  We are committed to ensuring that each boy and girl, each team, and each year group can thrive under the guidance of our expert coaches.

Hockey

Hockey at Eaton Square Senior School has been part of the core sports programme since 2018, and pupils have a games afternoon dedicated to this sport once a week during the spring term.

During their Hockey games afternoon, a fixture or training session will take place at our sports complex, or we will travel to an away fixture. Our U13’s train every Wednesday, with our U15’s training on Thursdays. We have a well-rounded fixture calendar across 6 weeks, where we participate in Boys, Girls and mixed fixtures.

During our training sessions, we work on pupil’s individual skills and techniques, and also team tactics needed in order to perform to a competitive level. Pupils this year have experienced coaching from an international hockey player on a regular basis, and this has allowed individuals to work on specific skills with a professional.

Our fixtures calendar delivers exciting and competitive hockey games against schools such as Westminster, Dulwich, Knightsbridge and Notting Hill.

Although we play to a competitive level, our ethos is always on pupil participation, and we make Hockey a sport for all. To encourage all pupils to get involved in Hockey, we have put development fixtures/tournaments in the calendar against Francis Holland (Regents & Sloane Square) and Newton Prep, which allows for pupils with less experience to feature in a fixture environment. Along with the regular season fixtures, there are opportunities to tour abroad. Last year, our hockey team travelled to South Africa on a Hockey/Football tour during their Easter break.

We have fantastic Hockey facilities within our sports complex in Acton, which features a fully floodlit, sand dressed Astro Turf Pitch. We have a wide selection of high quality Hockey equipment, and we will ensure that all pupils have all the kit they need before the spring term in order to get playing straight away.

Swimming

Our swimming philosophy at Eaton Square Senior School is based on recognising that each pupil in our school has a different internal motivation to practise this sport and the passion for swimming and teaching from our staff. Our main reasons to teach swimming in our school are:

  • Swim or sink: Providing our pupils with a life skill that can safe their lives when being in and around the water.
  • Swimming FUNdamentals: Learning how to swim accurately by using a fun swimming approach in order to help pupils to build a life-long swimming habit.
  • Different motivations: Having a varied swimming programme that tailors pupils’ interest (love of the sport, friendship, challenge themselves, chase their dreams, realise and discover their potential)
  • Everyone is welcome: No matter what the level of swimming performance is, there will be a space for every pupil so that they can reach their best version. Teachers from other departments will work closely to develop cross curricular projects.
  • Swimming as an educational tool: Learning actively about values such as respect, teamwork, hard work, discipline, punctuality and resilience; and having the opportunity to deal with success and failure.
  • Physical and mental health: Using their creativity to develop new ways of movement and play in the pool as well as becoming aware of their own bodies and thoughts when swimming.

Schedule

MondaysTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridays
07:00 to 08:00Swimming squad Facilities: TBC
14:00 to 16:00Swimming (Games)

Y8 – Y9

Oasis Sport Centre

Swimming (Games)

Y7 – Y8

Oasis Sport Centre

16:00 to 17:45Swimming club and Swimming squad

Oasis Sport Centre

Swimming squad: Pupils train to obtain accurate swimming technique in order to participate in regional and national competitions.

Swimming club: Pupils who would like to improve their technique in order to keep fit, enjoy the sport and participate in local and friendly inter-schools galas.

Swimming during games session: Pupils learn different swimming skills and techniques, and how to be safe in and around the water, experiencing a fun and pedagogical approach.

Netball

At Eaton Square Senior School, we strive for not only excellence in our athletes, but also participation and versatility. As a small yet ever growing school, we have the enviable opportunity to nourish and enhance the athletic development of each individual.

Within girls’ sport, we cover both Netball and Hockey as our core sports throughout the Michaelmas and Lent term.

Our extensive physical education programme, including two full games afternoons and one PE lesson a week, allows our girls to benefit from professional coaching so that they can work on skills, game play, strategies and sportsmanship within Netball, no matter what their existing level of play.

We believe in building upon these existing foundations of each individual and guiding them to achieve their best.

Within our first full academic year of Netball, the girls demonstrated exceptional enthusiasm towards learning and squads swiftly began to take shape with inspiring determination to improve, and prepare for competitions such as Regionals and IAPS in the coming years.

Cricket

Cricket at Eaton Square Senior School is played during the summer term, and it is a sport that has been part of the core sports programme since 2018.

We have dedicated cricket games afternoons, and these include either a training session or cricket fixture. Our U13’s train every Wednesday and our U15’s training takes place on Thursdays.

We have a well-rounded fixture calendar across 5 weeks during the summer term, where we participate in Boys, Girls and mixed fixtures.

To encourage participation for all pupils, we play a mix of softball and hardball matches. This gives the opportunity for pupils that have never played the game to be introduced to match scenarios at a smoother pace.

During cricket training session’s pupils have the opportunity to work on their individual skills and techniques through 1-2-1 coaching, and also team tactics needed in order to perform to a competitive level across all formats of the game.

Our training sessions and home games take place at our sports complex in Acton, which features a suite of full size nets, and two full size cricket pitches.  We have a wide selection of high quality cricket equipment, and we will ensure that all pupils have all the kit they need before the cricket season gets on the way.

The upcoming fixture calendar for cricket features exciting matches against Dulwich, Notting Hill, Westminster and Knightsbridge. We have also arranged development fixtures for those pupils that are new to the game and would like to participate.

With Lords and the Oval just around the corner from our school, we run an annual trip to visit one of these grounds and explore the game of cricket outside of the classroom. In May last year, the U13’s visited Lords to watch Street Child Cricket World Cup.

Athletics

Our summer term is a time to embrace Athletics, with all pupils getting an opportunity to try both track and field events.  Track events consist of shorter distance races, with an emphasis on speed, running mechanics and starting technique.  Training for longer distance events builds on the stamina developed as part of our cross-country unit from PE and the development of race tactics.  In the field, we work on Shot Put, Discus, Javelin, Long Jump and High Jump and firmly believe there is an event that suits everybody’s skill set.

Athletics season culminates in arguably the best event of the year, Sports Day.  An all school house event at the Millennium Arena in Battersea, and an opportunity for everyone to take part in an inclusive, but competitive event in front of peers, parents and teachers alike.

Frequently Asked Questions about Sport

How often do pupils have P.E. and Sport?

At Eaton Square Senior School, pupils’ have one PE lesson and two double games lessons per week.  During lessons, pupils will experience a dynamic and varied curriculum that is designed to promote a culture of physical activity, develop performance, and expose pupils to new and exciting sporting experiences.

What sports are available to the pupils?

Pupils in Year 7 and 8 have the opportunity to experience:

  • Football
  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Netball
  • Table Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Transition Games
  • Yoga
  • Dance
  • Striking and Fielding Games
  • Rowing
  • Cross-Fit
  • Fencing
  • Swimming
  • Outdoor Adventure Activities

The current Games rotation for pupils in Year 7 and 8 is as follows:

BoysGirls
Term 1Rugby/Football/NetballNetball/Football
Term 2Football/HockeyHockey/Football/Rugby
Term 3Cricket/Athletics/Tennis/RoundersCricket/Athletics/Tennis/Rounders

Where do P.E. lessons take place?

In good weather, we make full use of Green Park or Hyde Park. Otherwise, we use our indoor gym located on the school site. Our Games sessions take place at our facilities in Acton Town.

Why do we go to Acton Town for Games?

The main reason for travelling to Acton for Games is the quality and range of the facilities available to us. These include grass football and rugby pitches, netball courts, a hockey astroturf pitch, cricket nets, tennis courts and cricket squares. These far exceed anything we are able to secure more locally meaning we can take more pupils to the same location and staff a greater range of sports.

The playing fields at Boddington also afford us exclusive use of changing facilities and pitches. Eaton Square Senior School has exclusive access to the facilities at Acton Town five afternoons a week which means we do not have to compete for bookings or space. As we grow, it is likely that we will use a wider range of facilities as our sporting and games options increase.

How do you travel to and from Games sessions?

All pupils currently travel in small supervised groups on public transport. This is primarily because it is the quickest way to reach the grounds and therefore allows more time for sport. It is only seven stops on the Piccadilly line which takes around 20 minutes, followed by a five-minute walk to the sports grounds.

We believe that it is important for pupils to learn the appropriate procedures and etiquette to use on public transport and therefore this is all part of their school experience.

Do we play fixtures against other schools?

Yes! Competing against other schools in a range of sports gives our pupils the opportunity to test and showcase their talents while also allowing us to learn important life skills. These include learning how to lose gracefully and win magnanimously and how to engage in good sportsmanship whilst representing the school. We are incredibly proud that 100% of Year 7 and 8 pupils and over 75% of the entire school have represented the school in an external fixture this year. We are looking to build on this as our school grows.

How do you select school teams?

We aim to find the right balance between providing opportunities for all whilst ensuring pupils achieve as much success as possible. We are always keen to recognise achievement by players in all school teams. It is therefore important that pupils who are in picked to represent the school act as good role models at all times.

Players are expected to:

  • Have a positive attitude to training and matches.
  • Be graceful in victory and defeat.
  • Wear the correct kit while training.
  • Wear the proper school kit for all matches.
  • Make sure that their kit is clean and in good condition.
  • Look after any school equipment which they borrow.
  • Be supportive of teammates at all times.
  • Show respect to all members of other schools when playing at home and away.
  • Play according to the spirit and rules or laws of the sport at all times and show respect to all officials.
  • Behave sensibly on all journeys.
  • Keep track of the calendar and make sure they know when and who they are playing.

In the end, it’s extra effort that separates a winner from second place. But winning takes a lot more than that, too. It starts with complete command of the fundamentals. Then it takes desire, determination, discipline, and self-sacrifice. And finally, it takes a great deal of love, fairness and respect for your fellow man. Put all these together, and even if you don’t win, how can you lose?

Jesse Owens