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St Helen and St Katharine, Faringdon Road, Abingdon, Oxfordshire, OX14 1BE

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Spotlight on sport

Learning, motivation and inspiration

Sport is an integral part of life at St Helen’s. We strive to ensure that every student has the opportunity to find an activity that inspires her to achieve her potential, at whatever that level may be, developing a lifelong passion for sport and physical activity. It is possible to achieve sport for all alongside elite competition, we are doing it!

Our department is busy, happy and vibrant, with large numbers of students participating daily.

Latest news

Read our termly sports newsletter to find out all about activities and achievements from across the School.


Enjoyment of physical activity and sport stems from curriculum lessons, during which every student is challenged in a broad range of activities to improve her skills and understanding. Students can study PE at both GCSE and A-level.

Sports tours

These are an important and enjoyable experience for many students. Lacrosse, netball and tennis tours run alongside ski trips and remain very popular.

Clubs and squads

Extracurricular clubs are offered in a wide range of activities are run at lunchtimes and after school. Students enjoy using our extensive facilities, including our Sports and Fitness Centre with ergo suite, group cycle, dance studio and fitness suite, netball courts, gymnasium, tennis courts and multiple playing fields. Students are actively encouraged to participate in extracurricular sport for recreation and competition at the appropriate level. They receive high level coaching from both teachers and invited external specialists.

Clubs are open to all students, allowing everyone the opportunity to enjoy participating and improve their skills.

Weekly squad practices are held by age group to extend the most able in a team training environment.

Clubs such as the list below are on offer at St Helen's, and the programme is regularly refreshed.

Athletics Fencing Rounders
Badminton Fitness Suite Sailing
Ballet Football Swimming
Basketball Gymnastics Taekwondo
Cricket Indoor rowing Tennis
Cross-country Lacrosse Trampoline
Dance Netball Yoga

All students have opportunities to compete through form competitions, intra-school events, our comprehensive inter-school fixtures list, and in county and national events. We are highly competitive within the region and have recently enjoyed national success in a number of activities.

In addition, students are encouraged to compete for county and national teams. St Helen’s students currently compete at this level in badminton, equestrian, gymnastics, lacrosse, netball, rounders, swimming, tennis, sailing, climbing, orienteering and many other disciplines.

Many students go on to represent their universities in their chosen sports, and we have recently enjoyed watching Old Girls achieve success in World Championships and the Olympics.

Details of clubs and squads can be found in Beyond.