“Pupils achieve high levels of success in a broad range of sporting pursuits, due to the high levels of support they receive and the many opportunities they have to participate in team sports.”
ISI Inspection 2018
From an early age, children are taught about the importance of playing sport and activities in a balanced and enjoyable manner. All pupils are encouraged to give their best, regardless of their ability, to achieve both individual and team goals. We encourage excellence and promote participation.
Children are involved in sports-related activity every day. We recognise that PE and Games complement and enhance a child’s educational experience and support both their physical and mental well-being.
In Pre-Prep, children are introduced to basic movement and dance, ball skills and a wide range of games; all helping to develop their coordination, balance and confidence. They are also introduced to all our major sports, with the PE lessons forming the foundation stage for their continued development when transferring to the Prep School.
The extensive grounds, playing fields and facilities allow the PE and Games department to offer the pupils a full and diverse range of sports and activities. The multi-use Astroturf caters for hockey, netball and tennis, as well as circuit training and 5-a-side football. The well-maintained grass pitches are home to rugby, football, hockey, lacrosse and cricket; we also have a nine-hole golf course, netball and tennis courts, a sports hall, an outdoor swimming pool, and athletics facilities, plus a notorious cross-country course!
Team sport is a major component at Pinewood. Teams compete in inter-school fixtures every Wednesday (Tuesday for Lower School) and alternate Saturdays, as well as additional tournaments and festivals throughout the year. Every child has the opportunity to represent the school in matches on a regular basis and experience being part of a team in competitive circumstances. Importantly, though, children are taught to win with honour, lose with dignity.
The Pinewood Extras is a social cricket team, consisting of parents, staff, adult Old Pinewoodians and other friends of the school.
We play a series of evening T20 games in the Summer Term against local schools, clubs and villages.
Pinewood enjoys its own riding teams and any child with their own pony can join the teams, which are co-ordinated by a current parent. Children compete in dressage, showjumping, cross-country and one-day events at all levels, together with ‘Jumping with Style’ classes.
Children and adults are designed to move, and our muscles need to work in order to maintain a healthy and active lifestyle. Pinewood works to instil this active lifestyle into our children from a young age, so that it becomes a habit later in life.