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Sport is a crucial element of the educational experience we offer at The Leys.

The variety, depth and quality of our provision are essential components in generating an atmosphere in which our pupils can both develop and enjoy their sport, while also creating an awareness of the relationship between constructive exercise and a healthy lifestyle.

The Leys identifies four key benefits of sport in education:

  • Working with others in a team towards an external, collective objective.
  • The challenge of competition and of mastering physical skills.
  • The self-evident benefits of regular physical exercise.
  • The concept of fair play, and the ability to cope with both success and failure.

Pupils of all ability are encouraged to play meaningful and competitive sport at either House, School or representative level. All pupils who opt to play a particular sport have access to excellent facilities and the opportunity to benefit from outstanding professional coaching. Every team group has its own dedicated coach and the opportunity to participate in competitive sport, whatever their ability. We run teams at depth in all age groups and also run competitive House competitions in many sports. We are privileged with outstanding sporting facilities, both at the School and Latham Road, with a fully committed grounds staff working to ensure the highest standards are maintained.

We recognise and welcome competition within sport. Competition encourages team awareness and, when guided appropriately, teaches the importance of winning without arrogance and losing with good grace. All sports offer competitive fixtures at both School and House level, and much emphasis is placed on the way pupils conduct themselves on and off the pitch, with all pupils, coaches and supporters aware of the need for the highest standards of sportsmanship.

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Facilities and Resources
  • 2 Full Size Astro-turfs
  • 35 All-Weather Tennis courts
  • 3 Grass Tennis courts
  • 25m Indoor Swimming Pool
  • Indoor Climbing Wall
  • Rifle Range
  • 4 Indoor and 9 Outdoor Cricket Nets
  • 3 Squash Courts
  • 6 Rugby Pitches
  • 7 Netball Courts (including one indoor)
  • Purpose-Built Boat House
  • Multi-use Sports Hall
  • Conditioning Suite
  • Athletic Development Suite
  • Dance Studio
  • Boxing Gallery

The Leys School offers an extensive Sports Tour programme. Our aim is to provide Leysians with the chance to benefit from the social, cultural and physical opportunities that touring with your peer group offers. We aim to use sport to create a focus for each of our tours. However, particularly on long tours, it is the experience which is the key highlight. Recent tours have included Holland for Hockey, Sri Lanka for Cricket, South Africa for Rugby and Hockey, Northern Ireland for Netball and Rugby, and Spain for Tennis and Cricket.

In sport, pupils show exceptionally high levels of physical skill across a wide range of activities and teams, enjoying local and regional successes with a number of individuals being supported to become junior international players.
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