Sport is an integral part of our curriculum. We encourage and motivate all pupils to develop their full potential through a range of purposeful, yet enjoyable activities within a challenging environment. In sport we promote the development of interpersonal skills (organisation, co-operation, initiative and responsibility) and to heighten self-esteem whilst encouraging tolerance of and respect for other groups and individuals. At Grindon Hall we encourage pupils to develop personal qualities of commitment, fairness and enthusiasm and an appreciation of honest competition and good sportsmanship.
In the Primary School, every year group has a designated weekly gymnastics lesson. In these lessons children follow a generic gymnastics pathway including sports acrobatics and dance. The school adheres to the Key Steps Criteria and Core Proficiency awards schemes. We are a British Gymnastics Partner School and are active participants in North of England and British Schools Gymnastics Competitions.
In the Junior Games lessons pupils are taught skills in football, rugby, netball, uni-hoc, athletics, cricket and rounders. In years 5 and 6 children are able to participate in the Sunderland Schools 7-a-Side Football League as well as other events run by Sunderland LEA.
The timetable in the Secondary School is arranged so that all the children receive quality sports teaching, regardless of their ability, with the greatest emphasis being placed on encouragement and enjoyment. We have three lessons in years 7 and 8 and two in all other age groups, including sixth form. In the past PE had been part of the GCSE curriculum, and now we have had the opportunity to reintroduce it and offer Sports Science as a GCSE option.
At present the main sports at Grindon Hall are rugby, netball, athletics, rounders and cricket; in these there is an extensive fixture list against other local schools. With the new sports hall and the new outdoor facilities, the PE department is hoping to develop a new range of activities and programmes for the future.