Oliver House is committed to providing excellent physical education to promote health, fitness, teamwork and the wider benefits of participation in physical activity.

Our five key objectives for sport are: participation, development, enjoyment, understanding the body and living a healthy lifestyle.

‘Pupils embrace a healthy lifestyle. Older pupils spoke articulately about different food groups and the physical needs to have a varied diet in order to stay fit. They also understood the part that regular physical exercise plays in keeping you healthy.’ (ISI Report, January 2020)

We have an all-weather, multi-use sports area which provides an excellent resource for PE and for playtime use. We also have access to local sports facilities such as Clapham Common, Clapham Common Tennis Club, Balham Leisure Centre and Tooting Bec Athletics Track.

The PE department consists of specialist staff who deliver a challenging and innovative programme of sport to actively encourage our pupils to experience a wide range of sports and physical activities. In the Early Years, the focus of lessons is to develop fine motor skills, agility, balance, coordination and confidence, through a range of sports and gymnastics. From Year 2, children begin to play team sports and learn rules of play. In Years’ 3-6, sport is split into PE lessons and Games lessons. In Games, all children play team sports and compete against local schools through fixtures and tournaments. The sports played are football, netball, rugby, hockey, cricket and cross country running. ‘Pupils enjoy the opportunities for competitive sport and achievements are typical for their age.’ (ISI Report, January 2020)

Aside from the development of skills, there is a strong emphasis on the sporting virtues we promote in our children. The virtues are: teamwork, communication, discipline, resilience, fairness, perseverance, integrity and sportsmanship. Children also take part in tennis and athletics during Games. During PE lessons, children do gymnastics, dance, swimming and learn about the components of fitness.

We encourage all children to take part in sports clubs and we provide a wide range of extra-curricular clubs which are very popular, including: Gymnastics, Ballet, Hockey, Karate, Football, Run & Fitness, Netball and Playball. ‘Pupils enjoy a selection of after-school clubs and activities, primarily in sport.’ (ISI Report, January 2020)