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All our Preparatory School children benefit from an excellent physical education and sports programme. This includes 3 games sessions a week, a dedicated PE lesson and the opportunities to take part in sports clubs before, during and after school. Classes are led by highly qualified PE trained staff, many of whom have played professionally and are assisted by professional sports coaches.

Small class sizes also allow our children to benefit from specialised individual coaching. Careful consideration is given to planning of the curriculum to ensure progression throughout the school is a priority. The emphasis is very much on acquiring and developing skills, evaluating and improving performance and a knowledge of fitness and health. In Years 3-6 PE lessons are taught in a mixed class. In Year 7 and 8 boys and girls are taught separately.

From developing skills and learning about health and fitness, to improving performance, our PE and games curriculum offers the opportunity to participate and compete in a broad range of sports. The departments’ emphasise equal opportunities, with all pupils following a progressive syllabus, and aim for all pupils to be given the opportunities to reach their own level of ‘individual excellence’. That excellence can go far as we on average we would expect around 12 pupils each year to represent their county in sport.

Sports available include rugby, hockey, netball, cricket, tennis, swimming, football, squash, rounders, horse riding, golf, dance, rowing, basketball cross country and athletics. The school also offers sports tours, domestically and in Europe, for many sports with recent visits to Surrey, Essex, Isle of Wight, Paris and Wales.

Whether your child is representing the school by competing in regional, county or national level competitions, or indulging in a little healthy in-house rivalry with house competitions, in sports as well as many more activities such as chess and house singing, they’ll learn the importance of working as a team to achieve outstanding results.

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Sport at Taunton School