Oakwood School has a very strong reputation for its sporting success. Our philosophy is that all children will be able to represent the school in sports matches whilst they are in Years 3 to 6. Representing the school can be a major motivation for some children and it is our intention to give them this experience. We enter a large number of local, regional and national competitions to expose pupils to a high level of competition.
Games lessons take place twice a week for Years 5 and 6 and once a week for Years 3 and 4. Pupils also receive a 60 minute PE lesson once a week. Games lessons have a specific focus and will cover the skills and tactics needed for specific sports as well as understanding of match situations, team work, overall fitness development and hand-eye coordination. The games curriculum is progressive throughout the school, however in the Prep School, we introduce Hockey and Lacrosse. These two sports are important additions to the curriculum as they provide opportunities for the pupils to compete at a regional and national level. In addition, hockey is a major sport for both boys and girls at their senior schools and this early introduction prepares them for the challenges that lie ahead.
Weekly swimming lessons take place all year round in our covered, heated pool. A team of swimming instructors ensure that every child is confident and safe in the water and parents are invited to swimming demonstrations in the summer term each year to see how far their children have progressed. Oakwood competes in swimming galas and is frequently represented at both regional and national competitions. Individual swimming lessons are also available on a private basis if required.
In the Prep School, pupils play weekly sports matches on a Wednesday and Thursday (other days may be used depending on the sporting activity and available fixtures from other schools). These sessions are coached and refereed/umpired by members of staff with an expertise and enthusiasm for their sport or by specialist coaches.
Our inclusive match policy means that children gain a sense of pride in our school. They develop leadership, courage, and a sense of team work. Pupils develop their awareness of health and fitness and how their body reacts and responds to exercise. All of these aspects are incredibly important to the physical and mental development of our pupils.
The following sports are coached as part of the sports curriculum:
The ethos of the sports department is to promote fair and honest play, encourage team work through specific support and effective communication and to ensure a high level of personal skill is achieved through our small group coaching sessions.
Oakwood pupils enjoy outstanding sports facilities, including tennis and netball courts, a fully equipped gymnasium, extensive playing fields, park and woodland with cross country running and mountain bike tracks and a swimming pool.