Apart from our team of PE specialists, over 30 other members of staff contribute to our work: teaching skills, running teams and extra-curricular activities. In addition, specialist consultants are utilised to supplement the expertise of the School staff where appropriate to develop the skills and opportunities of the students and non- specialist teachers.
Domestic and International sports tours extend the opportunities for students to develop their sporting interests and visit exotic climes such as South America (rugby; 2017), Australia (rugby; 2013), Sri Lanka (cricket; 2012, 2015), Malaysia (hockey; 2011), Florida (football; 2010) and Washington DC (cross country; 2015, 2013) or visit places slightly closer to home e.g. Hungary (cross country; 2016), Spain (football; 2016), Italy (rugby; 2015 & 16), Northern Ireland (netball; 2012), Devon (hockey 2012).
The School enjoys an extensive programme of inter-school fixtures in a very wide and ever expanding range of sports. The School has a large number of pupils who compete at County, National and International levels in a number of sports. Inter-school fixtures are normally organised on a year group basis and in the major sports we will often field an A, B, C and sometimes D teams.
The School has a thriving House System with four houses competing each year in all sports. Thus, all pupils have the opportunity to represent the School or house at their level at some stage in his or her career. Facilities: The Woollam playing fields is the largest single development in Europe and offers 6 rugby pitches, 6 football pitches, 2 five-a-side pitches, 8 cricket squares, a floodlit artificial turf pitch, lacrosse pitch, 3 netball and 4 tennis courts.
The School's on-site sports centre offers a 25 metre pool, with an adjacent endless pool and embedded camera technology, providing a first class teaching environment for water-based activities; a 35 metre sports hall, with 5 permanent camera positions captures footage of lessons for instant or retrospective review, providing a multi-sport teaching facility; a modern, well equipped fitness suite provides a centre for building on the strong fitness and training culture that exists in the School.
The studio offers a versatile space for teaching dance, fitness classes, martial arts and land-based swimming training and this expands the opportunities available to the pupils even further. Several activities utilise Verulamium Park adjacent to the School - our outstanding cross country teams use the park for their training and for House and School Runs. Westminster Lodge Athletics Stadium hosts some of our summer P.E lessons, Sports Day as well as County and District team matches and the Abbey View golf course hosts a Games activity on Wednesdays for senior pupils. The Abbey Orchard is utilised for Fitness training, Ultimate Frisbee and Softball in PE lessons in the summer term.