Sport in the Sixth Form
We take great pride in our sporting heritage and a successful record and reputation, founded on the principles of excellence and enjoyment. You will have the opportunity to play sport on a regular basis, competitively or simply for pleasure.
Our aim is to provide the best possible sporting provision for all our pupils. To that end we strive to offer you every opportunity to enjoy sport or physical activity and experience success and enjoyment. This involves striking the rare balance between excelling at the highest level with our most talented pupils whilst ensuring that all pupils benefit from good coaching and positive sporting experiences. Details of our Elite Sports Programme for sports scholars and talented players can be found here.
Sixth Form students have two midweek timetabled sessions for Games with Saturdays being our main match day for those choosing to play in our competitive sports teams. All students will be coached by members of the PE Department, academic members of staff with particular expertise and a dedicated team of part-time sports coaches, including several ex-international players who provide high level coaching and are inspiring role models.
Boys: rugby, hockey, cricket, swimming and tennis
Girls: hockey, netball, cricket, swimming and tennis
For every pupil to find their niche a breadth of experience is important. Therefore, we also offer an options programme in the Sixth Form to allow students to choose which sport to be involved in. Those not selected for the major games squads may choose from a wide variety of other sports and activities in their Games lessons such as football, badminton, table-tennis, yoga, Zumba and fitness training. These are known as 'Sport 2' and provide a variety of health-giving and enjoyable activities for all.
The fixture lists for each sport are extensive and we aim to play at the highest level whilst fielding as many teams as is possible. As many as ten teams take the field in block fixtures against our rivals. Our teams enjoy regular success at district, county and regional level and we have recently reached national finals in hockey.
For many students, sports tours are the highlight of their sporting experience at Bishop’s Stortford College. There are regular tours organised for the major sports, both abroad and within the UK. Recent tours include trips for Hockey in Holland and Spain; Rugby in Portugal; Netball in Antigua and Cricket in South Africa.
House matches are an important part of College life. These take place regularly throughout the academic year in sports including swimming, hockey, rugby, football, cross country, cricket, netball, table tennis and athletics. The House matches encourage participation and feature fierce competition, good humour and a great supportive atmosphere.
All pupils benefit from excellent facilities and resources which include:
- Extensive, campus-based playing fields (100 acres).
- Indoor 25m swimming pool with spectator gallery and adjacent learner pool.
- Large multi-use sports hall providing the facilities for badminton, basketball, volleyball, indoor hockey, netball, football, table tennis and indoor cricket nets.
- There is also an extensive multigym.
- Two floodlit Astroturf pitches for hockey and tennis.
- Nine all-weather surface courts for netball and tennis.
- 14 cricket nets for year-round practice.
The personal qualities that are developed through the physical, emotional and social aspects of playing sport are highly valued. At whichever level it is played, sport at the College aims to foster a lifelong enjoyment of physical activity and build true character, the benefits of which are taken into life well beyond school.
Please click here for more information about individual sports.