Sport is an important and integral part of the curriculum and life at Avon House. The physical education programme is delivered by qualified specialist teachers throughout the school and the extensive list of after school sports clubs continues to grow. Avon House is becoming increasingly competitive in a wide range of sports. The lessons give the opportunity for children to develop their understanding and ability across a broad range of activities.
In recognition of this, the school currently holds a Silver School Games Mark accreditation; a national quality assurance kitemark, which hopefully will be upgraded to a Gold standard over the course of the next academic year.
Prep School Sport – On a weekly basis, the children take part in one physical education lesson, a games session and a swimming lesson which takes place at Loughton swimming pool. PE and games takes place at the Woodford Wells Club, adjacent to school. It offers an ample amount of space for team games. We develop the children’s knowledge and awareness of health and the importance of caring for their bodies.
Autumn Games – Football/Netball/Hockey
Autumn PE– Cross country and fitness training
Spring Games – Tag Rugby/Indoor athletics
Spring PE – Dance/Gymnastics
Summer Games – Cricket/Rounders/Tennis
Summer PE – Athletics/Handball
Pre Prep Sport – The children have two lessons a week. The physical education activities look to improve on the children’s agility, balance, co-ordination and ball skills. They are introduced to team sports and how to use their skills to achieve a goal.
Inter House Sport – The inter house competitions are a large part of school life. They give every child the chance to represent their house in a sports competition. Some of the competitions include inter house cross country, football, netball and hockey. The children all compete for their house on sports day in a variety of track and field events. The inter house competitions promote sportsmanship and fair play.
Outdoor Adventurous Activities – Children in the prep school attend a day at a local activity centre where they develop their team work and communication. It is essential for children to work together to succeed. OAA has strong links with the geography curriculum and it consolidates other areas of PE such as developing confidence, fine motor skills and competence in the outdoor environment. These qualities are developed further during a week- long residential trip that Year 6 pupils enjoy.
Teams – The school is continuing to grow in size which is great for the selection process for teams. We compete in different competitions within Redbridge such as football, netball, cricket, tag rugby, hockey, cross country, swimming and athletics. The children enjoy representing the school and it is important to feel a sense of comradeship and togetherness. The school also competes in a number of Independent Schools Association (London North) tournaments and galas resulting in the selection of several swimmers to represent the London region in the ISA national championships at the Olympic pool. Some of our best swimmers have represented Independent Schools Association (London North) at the National Championships held at the pool in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Ski Trip – Children have an opportunity to join with a local school to attend a yearly ski trip.