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Sport is an intergral part of the school day at Hazlegrove for all pupils from the Nursery to Year 8.  The grounds and indoor sports complex provide excellent facilities and all pupils are encouraged to join in and enjoy learning a wide variety of sports.  There is an emphasis on the development of physical fitness and co-ordination as well as skills and control.

Pupils play team games but also have the opportunity to pursue individual sports to a high standard.  Major sports for the boys are rugby, hockey and cricket whilst the girls play hockey, netball and rounders. Athletics, swimming and racket sports are also well represented.

We have a comprehensive fixtures list of matches against other schools.  It is important that our pupils have the opportunity to compete and learn to win and lose with equal grace, as well as developing an appreciation of the etiquette associated with competitive sport.

Teamwork, support, mutual endeavour, developing perseverance and the will to keep going when all seems lost are all skills for life.

The desire to win is born in most of us.  The will to win is a matter of training... The manner of winning is a matter of honour.
Quote from a speech made by Dennis Thatcher

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Time allocated to sport within the curriculum

Sport in the curriculum includes both games lessons and PE lessons.


In games lessons, the pupils usually concentrate on their major team sport for the term.

  • In Year 3 the children receive five games sessions a week
  • In Year 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 they receive seven games sessions a week.

In addition to the games lessons, pupils are expected to stay for matches against other schools on a Saturday afternoon if they have been selected to play for one of the many teams.

PE Lessons – 40 minute sessions

  • Nursery and Reception receive a PE lesson in the sports hall (or outside if the weather is nice) and a swimming lesson each week.
  • In Year 1 and 2 the children have two hours of PE/Games and a swimming lesson each week.
  • In Years 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 they each receive two PE lessons a week. In the winter terms, one of these PE lessons is in the swimming pool and the other is in the sports hall. In the summer, these lessons are devoted to tennis and athletics although the swimming pool will be used on occasion if the weather dictates! 

Extra-curricular sport

In addition to PE, swimming lessons, games sessions and sports matches, there are many opportunities to play more sport at Hazlegrove.

The after-school activity programme includes many opportunities for sport on a more informal basis and specialist coaching is available as an optional extra for sports such as:

  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Squash
  • Golf
  • Karate
  • Judo
  • Horse riding
  • Dance  
  • Ballet

Please visit the activities pages of the website to find out more about the extra opportunities on offer.

The Aims of the Sports Department

Within the Physical Education (PE) and Games Department at hazlegrove we seek to offer opportunities for children to:

  • Become skilful and intelligent performers
  • Acquire and develop skills, performing with an increasing physical competence and confidence in a broad range of physical activities and contexts
  • Learn how to select and apply skills and tactics
  • Develop their ideas in a creative way
  • Set targets for themselves and compete against others in a healthy environment
  • Understand what it takes to succeed
  • Acknowledge others' success
  • Make informed decisions about the importance of exercise in their lives.

Our general aims are a desire to promote good health and fitness and for pupils to develop an understanding of the place of physical activity in everyday life. The children are encouraged to participate fully in all forms of physical activity and to develop those qualities, which allow the individual to become a competent, well-balanced person. We attempt to nurture a sense of responsibility and create the opportunities for pupils to make decisions and develop an awareness and appreciation of expression within activity.

Our aims are defined by the following:

Needs and Balance

  • To cater for all individual needs within a balanced programme of activities, with appropriate progression through the school.
  • To provide equal opportunities for all pupils within a balanced and developmental curriculum.

Achievement and Enjoyment

  • To allow pupils to discover enjoyment and expertise by providing them with a broad range of movement experiences.
  • That each pupil experiences achievement and satisfaction through the challenge of physical activity.
  • To promote an appreciation of physical movement through planning, performing and evaluation experiences.

Skills and Development

  • To provide a basic skill foundation for pupils to build on.
  • To develop a wide range of motor skills.
  • To develop physical skills and improve body awareness.
  • To develop creative and aesthetic awareness.
  • Through practical participation and theoretical content, acquire knowledge and experience of a wide range of activities.
  • To provide the opportunity for decision-making.


  • To develop an understanding of the relationship between physical activity and health and encourage this in active participation.

Personal and Social

  • To promote the development of positive relationships between individuals and groups.
  • To give the pupil a greater understanding of themselves and the capabilities they possess.
  • To provide for individual experimentation and experience.
  • To develop individual experimentation and co-operation.

Curriculum Organisation

  • All pupils in the school take part in both PE and games lessons.
  • School fixtures take place either in games lessons or on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
  • All PE lessons contain pupils from the same classes and are therefore both mixed in ability and sex.
  • Other sports and activities take place in lunchtimes or in club/activity times. We also offer some activities, which are delivered by outside professional and include swimming, horse riding, tennis, squash, dance and ballet.

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