Sport is flourishing at Heywood due to recent investment and the strong links we have established with local sporting organisations. The School is committed to teaching pupils a broad, balanced sports programme. It is tailored to each individual and prepares children for a lifelong love and involvement in sport and physical activity.
The department prides itself on engaging and encouraging others to participate and develop core gross motor skills. We aim to inspire, enthuse and involve our children in a wide ranging programme. Our pupils benefit from sport not just physically, but in the opportunity it provides to develop teamwork, decision-making and social skills.
Each child in Nursery has one mini gym lesson a week, with apparatus sessions to nurture basic co-ordination and movement in the hall, and then continues into Lower School, Year 1 and Year 2 with PE, Games and, on a termly rotation, swimming lessons. In the Upper School, all children have two games sessions of Sport a week, in addition to their PE lesson covering rugby, hockey, netball, football and cross country in the winter and spring terms, and cricket, tennis and athletics in the Summer.
We offer a comprehensive fixture list against other local schools. This gives all of our pupils the chance to compete and to learn to win and lose with equal grace. Here too they will develop an appreciation of the etiquette associated with competitive sport. We run as many teams as possible across a wide variety of sports, promoting excellence for county, regional or even national honours.
Spirited internal House Competitions in all the major sports foster friendly rivalry, and offering a supportive arena for all pupils to contribute, whatever their level of ability. Additionally, we host several tournaments and festival events in rugby, cross country, cricket and tennis to which Prep and Primary Schools are invited to compete.
There are also county and regional sporting events, ISA competitions that we enter throughout the year and we finish the year with our annual Inter-House Sports Day.