High March believes that Physical Education is essential in the development of the whole child. The School delivers a broad and inclusive programme of activities with particular emphasis on enjoyment, whilst encouraging all pupils to develop their individual potential to its maximum.
In the early years, activities are structured, through play and stimulating environments, to explore creative movements, physical fitness and small and large apparatus skills. This early development provides the foundation for the wide range of activities that follow. These include games activities such as netball, hockey and football. The girls also develop skills within gymnastics, dance, swimming, athletics, tennis, rounders and cricket.
Netball is extremely popular and we are proud of our achievements across the range of netball activities, from friendly matches to participation in the I.A.P.S. National Finals. All girls are welcome to attend training sessions and, wherever possible, a number of teams are selected for fixtures to allow the widest participation. We aim to foster a love of sport throughout each year group and often organise multi team fixtures or whole group events, allowing all girls the chance to take part against local schools.
Athletics takes place on a local track and all the girls represent their house team at the school’s annual Sports Day. There are three separate Sports Days for Nursery, Junior House and Upper School.
We have a lovely, modern 4 lane 20 metre indoor swimming pool which is used by all the girls, every week, from Reception to Year 6. Having our own pool enables us to swim all year round and provides a permanent facility for the successful Swimming Squad. During the year the Swimming Teams (U8-U11) participate in a wide variety of local galas. In the last few years we have had a succession of excellent swimmers, many of whom swim in local clubs and achieve county times enabling them to enter County Championships. We also take individual swimmers and relay teams to the I.A.P.S. National Swimming Championships and the ESSA Schools Individual and Team Championships. Most recently, the Year 4 team became the Division 10 Champions for the 2018-19 season.
In an environment of encouragement and enjoyment, Sport at High March helps to engender health, fitness, teamwork and a positive attitude to physical activity.
The School encourages a programme of clubs and activities during lunch times and after school ranging from Netball and Gymnastics to Judo and Dance. There is a termly activity programme to inform parents and children.
Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 have their own netball squads and there is an extensive fixture list of matches and training sessions throughout the Autumn and Spring Terms. Teams play neighbouring schools and take part in several tournaments in and around the county. Over the past several years the Year 6 A team has qualified and progressed through to the I.A. P. S. National Finals which take place at the prestigious Roedean School in Brighton. On a number of occasions, High March has been the only school in the locality to have progressed through to the final rounds.
Swimming Squad training sessions for Years 3 to 6 take place at our pool two evenings a week. We have separate squads for each year group; we also run general swimming sessions for girls who are not part of the squads.
From Year 2 a gymnastics club is also offered to girls. This caters for all abilities and the girls work towards their British Gymnastics Proficiency Awards using the apparatus in the School Gym, where appropriate.
For a number of extra-curricular activities, for example Judo, Triathlon and Spanish, external coaches come to High March so that the girls can benefit from specialist expertise.
Please click on the link below to see details of our current Activity programme.Download Activity Programme (pdf)