What does a day of Sport at CHS look like?
Being in the centre of a busy town offers great advantages to the way that we can offer sport to our pupils. Our location ensures that we can make the best use of the state of the art facilities available in the local area for sports including football, cricket, hockey, rugby, squash, badminton, swimming and rescue skills, water polo, cross country and athletics. Netball, basketball and PE lessons are provided on site. Our school’s dynamic PE specialists ensure that the pupils receive high quality instruction in a wide range of sports and maintain a successful programme that enables individuals and teams to be successful in local, county and national sporting competitions.
Senior School pupils also enjoy the facilities of Colchester Leisure World, where they are receive membership to the newly refurbished Activa Gym. This offers the pupils an amazing opportunity to make the best use of the facilities in their own time as well as in school lessons.
A Wide Variety of Clubs
We organise a full programme of fun extra-curricular sports clubs for all pupils in the school from Reception to Year 11 to keep them active after the school day, extend their class learning or encourage them to try a new sport. With such a wide variety of clubs throughout the year there is something for every child from Prep multi-sports to Irish dancing, football to cricket, netball to yoga. Pupils in Key Stage 4 are encouraged to follow the Duke of Edinburgh awards alongside their GCSE’s.
Fixtures and Community Involvement
Pupils compete at local, county and national level through a wide variety of fixtures and competitions organised by the Independent School Association (ISA), the Colchester-Blackwater School Sport Partnership (CBSSP) and North East Essex Schools Sports Associations (NEESA). We also host our own sports tournaments using the Castle Park Cricket Ground, home to Essex Country Cricket Club for home cricket fixtures, Colchester Rugby Club for rugby and Shrub End for football. We are lucky to benefit from fantastic links with other schools which include bi-annually a visit from the Australian International School (AIS), Singapore for a friendly netball match.
The school takes their role in the sporting community very seriously and annually organises sporting competitions for other schools including: ISA East Anglian Junior and Senior Swimming Gala, Colchester Schools Swimming Gala and the Panathlon charity competitions at local, county and national level. We also assist in the delivery of school sport competitions locally which gives our pupils the opportunity to become a sports-leader, develop their confidence and skills in leadership.
Sports Scholarships are offered to pupils for Year 7 entry who demonstrate outstanding achievement, talent or potential in a certain sport and commitment to representing the School in their given area.
Something for everyone!
If your child does not consider themselves ‘sporty’ they are not forgotten. Our understanding staff and wide range of sports on offer enable the pupils to find a pursuit that they enjoy or can help to challenge long held views that they may have about certain sports. The house system at Colchester High School enables every child to compete in inter house matches in many sports whatever their ability level. There are then further opportunities through our sports clubs where pupils can attend to gain more practise, build confidence and socialise.
Whatever the sport, at Colchester High School we like to make it fun and give our pupils an understanding of the importance of staying fit and active in maintaining their physical and mental well-being well into the future. We also see sport as an excellent means to teach our pupils about the importance of individual hard work and commitment, but also about collaboration and team work.
Our annual Summer Sports days are a highlight of our Sporting Calendar and are excellent displays of this proud sporting ethos and the School house spirit.
Awards for Innovative Sports Programme
Colchester High School were proud to be awarded the ISA Award for Outstanding Sport Provision in 2019 and this year to have received a ‘Highly Commended’ in both the Active Education Award and the Most Inventive Sports Programme category of the Muddy Stilettos Best Schools Awards 2022. These are superb achievements and testimony to the inventive and creative ways that Mr Dowson, Mr Rayner and Miss Banks delivers sport using local state-of-the-art sports facilities and ensures that there are sporting opportunities offered to all our pupils whatever their interest and/or ability level.