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Sport is a vital and exciting part of life at Thornton College. We believe that sport is essential in nurturing skills, confidence, a spirit of fair play and a lifelong love of sporting activities.

We strongly believe in promoting a ‘sport for all’ ethos, fostering a positive attitude towards health, fitness and physical recreation. We have exceptional teaching staff who further develop skills of talented performers in a range of sporting disciplines.

All girls participate in Physical Education as part of the curriculum. These lessons are delivered by well-qualified staff who are keen to help the girls achieve their full potential. 

Excellent sporting facilities include an Astroturf, netball and tennis courts and hockey pitches, sports hall, expressive arts studio and a swimming pool. This allows the department to offer a broad and balanced curriculum.

Girls experience a wide range of activities with a strong emphasis on the traditional team games where our pupils excel in external competition:

  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Tennis

We also offer gymnastics, football, cricket, dance, health related fitness, badminton, athletics and swimming.

In Years 10 and 11, the girls enjoy an even greater variety of activities. These include trampolining, table tennis, golf and fitness sessions at a local fitness centre. Our sporting programme is very busy with extensive extra-curricular activities and fixtures.

We encourage healthy inter-house competition throughout the year with the following competitions taking place:

  • inter-house hockey
  • inter-house netball
  • inter-house rounders
  • inter-house swimming gala

In the summer term we hold full competitive sports days from Nursery upwards.

We offer Physical Education as a GCSE and A Level subject.