Sport

Mr Naismith, our Headmaster, was Director of Sport at his previous school and has coached the England under-18 hockey squad. He wants sport to play a significant part in the life of the West London Free School. He does not regard sport as a diversion for the less academically able, but an intellectual exercise as much as a physical one.

"As the Roman poet Juvenal put it: 'Orandum est ut sit mens sana in corpore sano'," he says (It is to be prayed that the mind be sound in a sound body).

Our aim is to provide a broad curriculum, offering a range of sports for all the children at the school. We want to challenge and stimulate the less athletic pupils, as well as the most athletically gifted.

The sports we presently offer are: athletics, cricket, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby, and tennis. Girls will major in hockey and netball in the Michaelmas term and netball in the Lent term. Boys will major in hockey and rugby in the Michaelmas term and hockey in the Lent term. In the Trinity term, both boys and girls will major in cricket and they'll also do rounders, athletics and tennis.

Extra-curricular activities

We are supplementing our core range of sports with after-school activities such as rowing, squash and running. In the near future we hope to add badminton, fencing, fitness training and ultimate frisbee.

We have developed large team squads in a handful of sports where we currently play inter-school fixtures at two or three different levels within each year group. In hockey, for instance, we have an A team, a B team and a C team so we can compete at every level with neighbouring schools.

We are organsing a hockey trip to South Africa in 2014 and are planning further overseas tours in the future.

Inter-house competitions are a big feature of the school and we want every pupil to represent their house in at least three sports per year. These competitions will take place every term, culminating in a sports day during Trinity term to which all parents will be invited.

Parental Involvement

• Help your child bring the right kit on the right day.

• Support your child when he or she is selected to compete in school fixtures. School sport will come before club sport and if your child is selected to represent the school, he or she will be expected to do so.

• Respect our 'no note' policy. We believe that if a child is fit for school, he or she is fit for sport. Many injuries or illnesses mean it is impossible to take a full and active part in some sports, but the teacher in charge will expect your child to change for the lesson and will find suitable activities for him or her to do, such as coaching, umpiring or refereeing.

Facilities

PE lessons will take place in the school's assembly hall, but most games will be taught off-site. Games will be taught at Duke Meadows hockey pitch and rugby fields in Barnes. We also use Ravenscourt Park facilities for games and extra-curricular activities.  In the long term, we intend to lease our own playing fields.

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