At Stormont, specialist PE teaching begins from reception (EYFS). In KS1, activities include ball skills, gymnastics, dance, athletics and swimming (from Year 2). In KS2 the girls participate in netball, unihoc/hockey, pop lacrosse/lacrosse, cross-country, gymnastics, dance, swimming (whole year for F3 and one term per year for years 4-6), rounders, athletics, cricket and tennis. Lessons are carefully differentiated to ensure all girls are working comfortably at their own level and achieving their individual potential. The facilities include a sports hall, two outside netball courts/tennis courts, a field with a 200m athletics track and rounders pitches. The school hall is used for dance activities.
Whatever the ability level of each girl, PE is an inclusive and enjoyable subject where everyone can improve and achieve. Competitive team fixtures begin in year 3. Where possible friendly fixtures are arranged to enable a whole class to participate. Throughout the year, Stormont teams are invited to participate in a variety of invitation events/tournaments. We take part in U8/U9/U10 & U11 local netball tournaments, IAPS regional netball, athletics and swimming, national gymnastics, athletics, cross-country, swimming, tennis and skiing. Every year we host the Stormont Invitation Cross-Country Championships, at Queenswood, when 30-40 Stormont pupils compete in the U9 & U11 races together with pupils from many local schools.
A variety of clubs occur before, during and after school, at which specialist coaches run sessions in tennis, gymnastics, football, dance and yoga. Stormont pupils are also invited to attend masterclass coaching sessions in netball, lacrosse, hockey, cricket and gymnastics.
Our top performers are encouraged to apply for Sports Scholarships to a variety of senior schools. In the last 10 years, Stormont pupils have been offered over 44 sports scholarships to schools such as Queenswood, Haileybury, St Edmund’s in Ware, St Albans HS, RMS, Mount House (St Martha’s), St Martha’s and Berkhamsted.