Sport is an essential component of school life. Not only
does it promote good health, but it also teaches children
so much in terms of individual, and team commitment
Mrs A. Jones
Head of Sport and Physical Education
The excellent facilities at the school include eight acres of sports fields, which offer quality football and rugby pitches, and athletics facilities as well a state-of-the-art all-weather, floodlit hockey pitch. On campus there is an astroturf pitch, for football, hockey and netball, a fully equipped gymnasium and outdoor heated swimming pool.
The Ryleys School is very proud of its ability to combine maximum participation with professional coaching and performance. As well as providing a competitive sports environment, the children are also taught the values of sportsmanship and fair play. Importantly the school also provides opportunities for all pupils to participate fully in curricular and extra-curricular sport. Girls’ sports flourish within the school and there have been notable successes in cross country and swimming in recent years.
The school participates in a large number of fixtures and tournaments, locally and regionally. Sport Tours have included tours to Northern Italy and Barcelona. The department’s games staff are all experienced coaches, many of whom have participated or coached to county or regional level. The department also employs a number of highly qualified swimming instructors to deliver swimming lessons to the Pre- Prep in the summer term.
Sporting participation is developed from Reception through to Year 2 in Pre-Prep. Here the emphasis is on enjoyment and the development of core skills in activities such as athletics, swimming, and gymnastics. Each year group has one lesson of PE per week. In the Prep School all pupils have one core PE lesson or swimming in the summer and a minimum of two games lessons per week.
Throughout the year, a number of inter house sports events take place, in which all pupils are encouraged to participate, from football and hockey in the winter, to the highlights of summer term: sports day and swimming galas.
In recent years, many pupils have gone on to reach county and regional level in their chosen sports. Recently pupils have represented the North of England Independent Schools Rugby Team. Numerous pupils have achieved Sports Scholarships at senior independent schools such as Sedbergh School (Rugby), Ellesmere College (Cricket), Kent College (Hockey) and Repton (Football).