PE & Minor Sports

Physical Education

Physical Education plays an extremely important part in the school curriculum at Witham Hall, with all pupils having the opportunity to develop physical skills though a large range of activities. Along with developing physical skills, pupils are taught the importance of health related fitness, leadership and problem building skills and how to co-operate with others. In the Prep School all pupils are offered one hour of Physical Education every week. Activities include: gymnastics, sports acrobatics, athletics, basketball, volleyball, handball, tennis and badminton. Pupils that are keen on the different and more minor sports taught within the Physical Education programme have opportunities to further their interest through the Witham Clubs and Activities programme. Additionally, in some of these sports there are chances to compete for the school at local and IAPS competitions. There is a whole team of enthusiastic staff responsible for the development of these sports.

Michaelmas and Lent Minor Sports

Cross Country: the cross country runners are out training from the first week of the Michaelmas Term. All children in the Prep school are welcome and competitions at various levels are on offer. There is the inter house run in which all children participate; the Brooke event for age group squads and our own Witham Hall competition. This gives a good range of opportunities!

Cross Country:

Stop Press – November 2016: U8 and U10 Boys win the Brooke Priory Cross Country

Stop Press – November 2016: Jack Braddock and Thomas Welch win their races at Brooke Priory  

Stop Press – March 2017: Witham win the Best Team Cup at Worksop Cross Country for the second year running.

Stop Press – March 2017: U13 and U11 Girls are winning teams at Worksop Cross Country and Ewan Rodell is 1st in the U13 Boys

Stop Press – March 2017: Witham Cross Country Team compete at Malvern IAPS National Championships 

Biathlon: Since 2014 Witham has been competing in Biathlons, which we have had significant success in on a National stage! This gives opportunity to those students that are committed to their running training but, still, out of school, are training and competing in the pool, a chance to show off their skills. The Biathlon team compete in Regional Championships for both the East and West Midlands, usually taking place on a Sunday. Successful competitors qualify for the National Biathlon Championships (competing against club athletes), and the National Schools’ Biathlon Championships.

Stop Press - March 2016: 10 Witham Athletes selected for progression to the National Schools Biathlon Finals. Well done to – Ella Turner, Alice Farmer, Oliver Rymer, Ewan Rodell, Finn Cummins, Ffion Trundell, Charlie Rymer, Josie Turner, Matilda MacKay and Gigi Granger.

Stop Press - October 2016: Matilda Halford and Jack Braddock Regional Champions in the U10 group.

Stop Press – October 2016: Millie Atkinson, Jack Braddock and Ffion Trundell qualify for the National Biathlon Final.

Stop Press – April 2017: Seven Biathletes Qualify for the National Schools Biathlon Finals! Finn Cummin, Angus McKay, Jack Braddock, Millie Atkinson, Gigi Granger, Ffion Trundell, Josie Turner, Matilda McKay, and Matilda Halford       

Squash: Across two terms Mr Paul Boswall runs three squash evenings a week, combining coaching with friendly matches. Throughout the Michaelmas and Lent terms there are matches for those keen to take part, often on a Sunday or Friday evening. The season culminates with the IAPS Tournament in the Easter holidays which has been a much enjoyed trip.

Stop Press – April 2017: Oscar Hanson wins the Plate at IAPS National Squash Finals.

Trinity Minor Sports

The Cricket and Rounders game's programme is enhanced by a busy Athletics and Tennis schedule.

Athletics: Athletics club is run on Friday evenings and across two different lunch times, welcoming all ability levels.  We take teams to local 'meets' and Regional competitions. We are thrilled to have had children progress to National level. The inter house competition for the year is concluded by exciting Pre-Prep and Prep School Sports Days where the children all get to compete in their preferred athletic events.

Stop Press – July 2016: Success at National Athletics Finals for Sophie Hamilton, 6th place in Javelin and National Champion in Discus. Orlando Thain reached the national finals in High Jump, and Archie Smith-Maxwell ranked 6th nationally in Hurdles.

Stop Press – June 2017: Oscar Hanson retains his Regional Long Jump Champion Title at Cambridge Athletics for the second year running.

Stop Press – June 2017: Matilda Halford is Regional Champion in the Rounders Ball Throw at Cambridge Athletics.

Stop Press – July 2017:  Sophie Hamilton finishes 6th in Javlin and 4th in Discus at the National Athletics Finals.

Stop Press – July 2017: Jemima Foljambe finishes 15th in the National High Jump Finals.

Tennis: Tennis coaching is very popular, and a team of six coaches come to school over four evenings each week; five tennis squads also practice weekly. Tennis matches are played against local schools, tournaments are enjoyed at a number of public schools and there is an annual parent/child tournament. While the tennis and athletics programme is in full swing in the summer it would not be a success without a commitment to these sports year round. For example tennis coaching is offered year round and moves into the sports hall for the dark evenings. 

Stop Press - May 2016: Witham’s Alice Farmer and Harriet Anthony win the U12 Girls’ Doubles at the Repton Tennis Tournament and Ella Chandler and Bonnie Harris are Runners Up in the U11 Girls’ Doubles.

Stop Press – May 2017: Bonnie Harris and Ella Chandler were Runners Up in the U12 Tournament at Repton.

Stop Press – August 2017: Lilia and Hugo Dunn are both Runners Up in the U10 Country Tennis Tournaments.

Golf: For two evenings a week in the summer Mr Paul Boswall re-directs his attention away from squash to golf. Coaching from a local professional is also available. Witham  is very fortunate to be able to enjoy its own 9 hole golf course, and in the summer there are always golfers to be seen making their way around the course. There are some matches against other schools and parents and children together enjoy an annual competition.

Stop Press - August 2015: IAPS Stowe Putter Competition Will Chandler 3rd in U13 category.

Equestrian: The Equestrian team is a thriving addition to Witham’s sports field. The team is led my Mrs Rowley, a Year 7 parent, and our fiercely committed team members do all of their training and competing at the weekends and evenings. Boys and Girls from a variety of year groups are welcomed into the increasingly successful and competitive team.

Stop Press – November 2016: Equestrian team place 2nd at Bloxham Eventer

Stop Press – February 2017:  1st placed team at Bloxham Equestrian in the 80cm: Cecily Hopkins, Lottie Sharman, Jemima Foljambe, George Vergerson-Rowley. George was also 1st place individual, Jemima 2nd, and Cecily 5th

Stop Press –February 2017:  George Vergerson-Rowley places 1st in the 80cm at Bloxham

Stop Press – February 2017: Millie Ludiman wins the 1m class at the Eventer Trial at Keysoe after attending GB U16 Training

Stop Press – June 2017: Jaz Curran wins the cup for Most Effective Round in the 95cm at Keysoe and places 5th overall

Stop Press – September 2017: Millie Ludiman jumps clear at Burghley Horse Trials and qualifies for the Regional Championships.