Sport plays a key part in the day to day life at St. James’. Pupils of all abilities are actively encouraged to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and participate in sports whether it be through the Games and PE lessons or the before and after school sports programme.
Pupils from starting school in Reception Class through to Year 13 are offered a breadth of sporting clubs which take place after school, every night of the week. Many of which are held are specialist venues or on the school sports field.
Due to the deliberately small size of St. James’, we place a focus on individual and small team sports such as Tennis, Golf, Squash, Athletics, Badminton, Shooting, Table Tennis and Cross Country whilst still competing in Football, Netball, Basketball and Dodgeball.
Competing for St. James’ gives pupils a sense of pride and promotes teamwork and comradery. The Inter-house games and friendly fixtures are organised throughout the school year to give pupils the opportunity to compete against other teams and gain experience and enjoyment from playing their chosen sport.
Pupils who show a talent or passion for a sport have the chance to compete for the local area and nationally through the North East Lincolnshire Sports Partnership and the Independent Schools Association.
Sports in the Pre Prep
As part of the curriculum all pupils in the Pre Prep benefit from a Games lesson each week with a specialist sports teacher. Many of the skills learnt are based around balance, agility and control with many activities being enjoyed both outside and inside. During the summer term all of the pupils in the Pre Prep prepare for the Sports Day which includes all children in the Foundation stage and Pre Prep.
Children from Reception Class also participate in weekly swimming lessons which are taught by qualified swimming coaches. All pupils have the opportunity to work towards swimming badges which are awarded at the end of each term.
Sport in the Prep
Pupils in the Prep (Prep 3 to Prep 6) have a Games lesson and a PE lesson each week with specialist sports teachers. All pupils are introduced to a number of individual and team sports which they begin to play competitively against each other in the inter-house competitions as well as against other schools.
Children from Prep 3 to 6 also benefit from a weekly swimming lesson which is taught by qualified swimming coaches.
Our pupil’s talents are identified during the curriculum lessons and all pupils are further encouraged to participate in the weekly after school clubs which are on offer each night of the week.
Sport in the Senior
Pupils in the Senior (Year 7 – 13) all have two Games lessons per week with specialist teachers. These consist of both team and individual sports and change each half term.
Many of the pupils enjoy representing St. James’ in the numerous fixtures organised locally and nationally.
There are many opportunities for pupils to continue playing sport once the school day has finished in the varied after school clubs. These change each half term but include team sports; netball, football, basketball and smaller team sports such as badminton, table tennis and tennis.