Physical Education

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the School Games Mark Gold for this academic year.

This is a Government led award scheme, facilitated by the Youth Sports Trust to reward schools for their commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive school sport.

The PE department comprises specialist teachers who are passionate about and dedicated to sport. In addition to our full-time PE staff, we employ specialist sports coaches to add further enrichment and to run some of our extra-curricular clubs. At Bowdon Prep, we aim to achieve a commitment to physical health and fitness for all through a diverse and challenging PE programme. PE and sports are taught throughout the school, and there are opportunities to try a wide variety of activities. We have excellent facilities, including a large sports hall, a sports field, netball and tennis courts, and a dance and drama studio.

To complement the curriculum, sports clubs are run before school, at lunchtime and after school. All the clubs are non-selective and open to children of all abilities.

A scheme of progressive development from Year 1 to Year 6 builds on the basic skills gained in Reception.

A wide range of indoor and outdoor sports and activities are offered in school, including:

  • Athletics
  • Cricket
  • Cross country
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Gymnastics
  • Lacrosse
  • Multisports
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Team-building activities
  • Tennis

Girls in Years 1 and 2 participate in an annual mini games and sports day. Competitive inter-house events are held for Years 3–6 in netball and rounders, and on sports day.

Girls are encouraged to join the school’s sports clubs, which are all enthusiastically attended. Our Year 6 sports captains regularly attend and help out with a variety of clubs. 

There is a good range of extra-curricular activities which are well matched to pupils’ interests and these are well attended. - Ofsted

We also have close ties with several local junior sports clubs for those girls who wish to follow up a particular sporting interest.

Teams compete in a variety of local leagues and tournaments throughout the year. Girls are selected to represent the school in netball, cross country, lacrosse, rounders and cricket leagues, and tournaments; where feasible, the school will run two squads in a competition to offer opportunities to as many pupils as possible. We have an enviable record of success in matches and tournaments.

Sporting success and effort are celebrated throughout the school and in our weekly assemblies.