Pupils are taught sport by specialist staff from the Nursery through to Year 6. In Games, boys and girls are taught together until they reach Year 2. From Year 3 Boys are taught Rugby, Football and Cricket whilst Girls have Hockey, Netball and Rounders and Cricket. Since 2017 all our Year 3-6 pupils take part in Golf lessons with a PGA professional at the neighbouring Gosfield Lakes Golf Club course.
In PE the children continue to be taught together and focus on Cross-Country, Gymnastics, Outdoor Activities (such as Orienteering) and Athletics.
The School has close links with Gosfield Cricket Club, providing a high quality and picturesque setting for matches. The Braintree Hockey Club provides an Astroturf venue which we use for Hockey training and fixtures.
St. Margaret’s also offers a variety of clubs before and after school. Pre School Clubs include Cross Country and the main sport of the term for the specific gender/age group of the child: Football, Netball, Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Cross Country, Athletics and Rounders. After school clubs include Fencing and Golf.
The ethos of the Sports Department is to encourage all children to enjoy their sport and to obtain a high level of general fitness. During fixtures there are opportunities for all pupils irrespective of ability. Children are placed into teams in an environment that they should find challenging but that they can cope with. Though our A teams are selected on ability, matches are arranged to suit all abilities.
St. Margaret’s has a strong tradition of sporting excellence and success. The school competes in regional and national Independent Schools Association events, and regularly represents the eastern region in national finals.
This year there were six Scholarships for Sport awarded to independent senior schools in the region. In 2018 there were four awarded and in 2017 there were six awarded. A wonderful achievement for the Sports department.