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Update from the Governors

Please see below for information on the recent Governors' meeting and for the Governors' response to the question posed at the Forum as to how sport is taught in school...

The Governors met on Monday, 9 March 2020.

We would like to thank the staff who have been taking on additional work and responsibilities while two of their colleagues are absent on long term sick leave.

We would also very much like to thank the SCA for funding The Snug. Mrs Rudge has done a great job in organising this important Wellbeing space for the children.

We are pleased to announce that funding for the renovation and improvement of the Kindergarten block has been approved and Mr. Velasco will inform you of the practical details of the project in due course. Following on from the new Heard Building, this reflects our commitment to providing both children and staff with the best possible learning and working environment.

Discussions with potential new governors from an educational background are ongoing.

At the Forum with parents, the Governors were asked to consider how sport is taught in terms of gender. The school has had great success in recent years with mixed sports teams, notably in swimming, biathlon and cross country. Hockey is now being taught to girls and boys and a mixed team recently entered an ISA inter school competition. Football fixtures have been introduced for the girls in the prep school. Also, this summer, all children will be taught cricket in their games lessons, with the children being grouped by ability not gender. PE lessons covering gymnastics, dance, basketball and athletics, as well as swimming lessons, have always been mixed and all after school sports clubs are open to boys and girls.

Therefore, much of the sport is taught at school on a gender-neutral basis. There remains, however, a focus on rugby and football for the boys and netball for the girls in winter games lessons. It should be noted that any child, irrespective of gender, would be selected for a team if they merited inclusion. This focus, combined with the high quality coaching from qualified, specialist sports staff ensures the success of these teams, with the school achieving beyond expectations based on its size. This reflects the competitive ethos of sport in the school. This focus and the success of the school’s approach also benefits the pupils when they transfer to secondary schools, both in that many of our children win sports scholarships to independent schools, and in that all the children are prepared for sport at their new schools, as the majority of schools that our children go to teach sport in a gender traditional fashion.

The school is continually reviewing its approach to sport, hence the many recent changes, and as a result of this evolving approach, Sports Days this year will see the children in each year group competing by house and not by gender, with the best two children in each house going forward to the year group final.