High March School




The teaching and learning of Physical Education is essential in the development of the whole child – academic, social, emotional, spiritual as well as physical. It provides the foundation for a healthy lifestyle, which each child can build on in later life.

High March seeks to instil a lifelong love of being active and to teach girls the importance of a healthy lifestyle for their physical and mental wellbeing. High March has an inclusive approach and lessons are geared to all pupils regardless of their ability.

High March encourages all pupils to participate in a broad programme of sport and physical activity which is positive and stimulating; this includes a variety of team and individual sports which help children to learn through challenge and competition.

The Physical Education curriculum includes netball, swimming, athletics, rounders, football, hockey, cricket, gymnastics and dance as well as outdoor adventure activities.

Netball is one of our most popular sports and we are extremely successful in our fixtures against a range of schools. We also compete in many local leagues, tournaments and larger national competitions and, in recent years, we have reached the IAPS finals on several occasions. In Years 4 to 6, we have a number of teams, thus giving as many girls as possible match experience and the opportunity to represent High March. Netball clubs are run after school for Years 3 to 6 and we select girls to attend a squad training session after school where more advanced tactics and skills are covered in preparation for fixtures. To ensure all girls have the opportunity to play competitively, we organise whole year group friendly fixtures and house tournaments.

All girls from Reception to Year 6 benefit from a weekly swimming session all year round in our modern, well-maintained  4-lane 20 metre swimming pool. There are separate swimming performance squads from Years 3 to 6, which run after school and have led to the recent success of the Year 4 girls winning the Division 10 Swimming League overall, the Year 6 squad winning the relay, as well as an individual freestyle winner (all in June 2022). Non-squad swimmers also benefit from this top class facility at Developmental Swimming and Free Swimming clubs, which run as part of our co-curricular programme. We also have an extensive programme of extra-curricular swimming lessons for our Nursery children and above.

Our sporting success is seen not only in the netball court and in our pool but also on the athletics track. In 2021 and 2022, at the National Schools Biathlon Championships regional event, our girls produced exceptional performances with a number qualifying for the national finals. In 2022 our U11 team was placed second overall nationally and our U9 girls third. In addition, we were thrilled to see one of our U11 pupils secure an individual placing.

Our comprehensive co-curricular programme broadens the girls’ sporting experiences still further, introducing them to a wide range of sports such as fencing, triathlon, tennis and squash.


Extra-Curricular Activities

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 at both Junior House and Upper School.

Download Junior House Activity Programme (pdf) Download Upper School Activity Programme (pdf)