Physical Education

Our aims are to promote participation in sport and encourage girls to enjoy being active. We ensure that each girl is able to find a sport or activity that they can continue to participate in long into their adult lives. Opportunities for competition and enrichment are offered within the curriculum and beyond, in both team and individual activities.

The 30 acres of beautiful grounds within the school enable all pupils the opportunities to enjoy sport as well as excelling in their chosen activity. We have 4 lacrosse pitches, an Astroturf and 5 hard netball courts. In the summer these convert to a 200m athletics track, 6 rounders pitches and 11 tennis courts. There is also a purpose built sports centre comprising of a sports hall, dance studio, fitness suite and 25m swimming pool.

Curriculum

In Year 7 and 8 the girls follow a core curriculum of dance, gymnastics, lacrosse, netball, badminton, athletics, tennis, rounders and swimming. One of the highlights of our Autumn term is the Year 7 Dance Display. Involving all students in the year, this creative show included a variety of dances and choreography, and provides the opportunity for the girls to get to know each other better outside the classroom, build confidence and try out something new.

In Year 9 girls continue to develop their skills in the above sports but the curriculum is broadened. It includes a Health Related Fitness programme, volleyball, football, basketball, water polo and synchronised swimming. In Years 10 and 11 the girls rotate between fitness suite, trampolining, volleyball, table tennis, basketball, badminton, football, hockey, touch rugby, netball, swimming and dance. In Year 10 girls can opt to follow the Bronze Medallion Swimming course and in Year 11 can complete the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification.

In the Sixth Form girls have one timetabled lesson a week where they can choose an activity from the wide range on offer. The Sixth Form students are also able to exercise independently or with specific training advice during these sessions.

Extra-curricular Activities & Tours

North London offers an extensive range of extracurricular activities during lunch break, after school and at weekends. Many of our clubs are non – selective and encourage girls of all abilities to take part and have fun. It is in these clubs that we foster the love of sport and promote a fitness for life ethos.

Annually girls from Years 2 to 13 perform in a Gym & Dance display. This innovative and impressive show includes gymnastic, dance cheerleading and trampolining routines. It is a wonderful opportunity for girls of all ages to perform together.

The recent installation of a climbing wall within the sports hall has greatly enhanced the opportunities for increased risk taking and resilience as well as increasing mental and physical toughness.

We also run many squads where the girls compete in matches and tournaments against other schools both on a local level and nationally. Our netball teams frequently win the Harrow Championships and qualify for the Middlesex Finals. The Lacrosse teams compete in County and National tournaments with many girls being selected for the County teams, some even go on to play for England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland and our ski team have had resounding success at the British School Girls’ Championships in France. These are just a small sample of the successes that the students have achieved in their chosen pursuits and National successes in Gymnastics, Trampolining and Water polo are a regular occurrence.

There is also the exciting opportunity for international competition as teams are taken on tours all over the world. The Lacrosse teams regularly travel to U.S.A. and the Netball teams compete in the Malta Rally.