Physical Education, Games and Swimming are viewed as vital elements of a full and rounded Old Hall education. The benefits and contribution of physical exercise to the general well-being of our pupils are evident throughout the whole school, from the youngest children making their first foray into the games arena to the most competitive boys and girls, who represent both school and county in a variety of sports at Under 11.
The breadth of sporting opportunities is wide and varied and children are encouraged to enjoy their sport and to respect themselves, each other and their opponents. In addition to Swimming in the School’s 25m pool and PE in the Sports Hall, traditional competitive team games include Football, Rugby, Netball, Hockey, Cricket and Rounders. Pupils are taught that winning should be celebrated modestly and losing accepted graciously.
All coaching centres on the development of individuals’ skills and team strategy and is developed according to the age of the child. Opportunities exist for all children to represent their House and School in competitive fixtures. It is worth noting, however, that 1st teams at Under 11 are selected from the top two year groups and wherever possible subsequent 2nd, 3rd and 4th teams are selected from Year 6 primarily. Other competitive fixtures are organised for the Under 10s and Under 9s age groups, depending on appropriate opposition. Pupils are also encouraged to participate in sport outside school and we regularly celebrate their successes in our assemblies - recent sporting achievements have included pupils involved in Aquathlon, Fencing, Badminton and Indoor Rock Climbing.
The School also enjoys considerable success in athletics and cross-country running and our annual Sports Day is always a thoroughly enjoyable occasion. The annual whole-school cross country race is a unique event, hugely enjoyed by all pupils.
In the Upper School, all pupils experience a residential Outdoor Pursuits Trip each year, which has enormous benefits in helping to develop their character, independence, team work and resilience.
The Old Hall School is proud to have been awarded the The Sainsbury's School Games Gold Mark in 2013/14 and 2014/15. This award which is delivered by a partnership between the Department for Culture, Media and Sport; Sport England and Youth Sport Trust is a nationally recognised standard and is testament to the dedication and hard work put in by teachers and pupils at our school.