Our sporting facilities — centred around our massive sports hall, complete with acoustic panels and a sprung wooden floor — inspire excellence. We nurture aspiration through a programme of regular trips to watch elite-level sporting events, opportunities to work with inspirational role models from the sporting world and entry into high-level competition, including an international sporting tour, playing against teams from across Europe.
The department runs an extensive enrichment programme with many activities taking place throughout the year. Alternative activities are offered during National School Sport Week for students to try out new sporting experiences. Trips are organised on a regular basis to enrich the curriculum and in many cases offer pathways to further competition.
Sporting role models
We regularly invite highly successful sportspeople to deliver masterclasses and to pass on their experience and skills:
- Tom Stalker, boxing gold medallist at the 2010 Delhi Commonwealth Games
- Natasha Jonas, England’s top amateur boxer at light-middleweight
- Jenna Downing, who is an inline skating champion, is a regular visitor. Jenna runs leadership courses for students, part of the ‘Living for Sport’ and ‘Active in Mind’ projects. Students develop their Junior Sports Leadership skills, running numerous events in school and on behalf of local primary schools.
Our teams compete against schools both regionally and nationally, offering students the chance to experience high levels of sporting performance and demonstrating the link between hard work and success. In recent years the school has reached regional Merseyside finals in football, basketball and athletics. The school also runs the Wirral Futsal league, winning both age categories in its first year in 2019.
We also offer exciting opportunities for all students to go on sports tours all over Europe. Previous tours have seen students go to Barcelona and Amsterdam to represent the school in football and basketball. Alongside this opportunity, we organise trips to see elite teams such as the Harlem Globetrotters and the England netball team.
The department runs a highly popular inter-house competition calendar. Competitions usually take place at the end of each half-term, with additional competitions ran to complement national sporting weeks. Competitions include dodgeball, football, netball and fitness.
Inter-form football also runs during National Football Week along with an individual table tennis cup and shield event. Key stage 4 sports leaders contribute towards the running of a hugely popular Winter Games at Christmas and traditional summer sports day in July. As the department continues to excel, a further event — the Commonwealth Games — has been added to the calendar for 2020!PE-Enrichment