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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. We have an activity for each student to take part in and over 70 clubs run a week across the age groups. We challenge those students that want to improve their ability through PE lessons, clubs, fixtures, DAP and the sports scholars programme.

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

Athletic Development input from participation to performance

We have a large focus on physical literacy underpinned by integrating principles of athletic development through PE and sport. This aims to improve students physical competence and confidence to be physically active or improve in their sport.

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. This is focused around athletic development and variety of movement. Students can study PE at both GCSE and A Level.

Detailed curriculum overviews can be found in the Lower School, Middle School and Sixth Form sections of the website.

Sports tours

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

Meet the team

From rugby to cricket, lacrosse, gymnastics and more, St Helen's PE and Sport department is home to sporting professionals that seek to inspire and motivate students. Find out more:

PE staff

Athletic Development blog

Head of Athletic Development & Health, Mr Wall, shares the latest in sports science related to youth sporting development at St Helen and St Katharine - find out more:


Extracurricular clubs

Extracurricular clubs are offered in a wide range of activities are run before school, lunchtimes and after school. Students enjoy using our extensive facilities, including a Sports Centre with national league-standard netball and badminton courts, basketball court, three lane cricket nets, a fitness suite, an ergo suite and a group cycling room as well as a gymnasium.

Outdoors we have six netball and tennis courts, extensive sports fields, and three lacrosse pitches and a sports pavilion at nearby Church Farm.  Students are actively encouraged to participate in extracurricular sport for recreation and competition. All students are challenged at the appropriate level and receive guidance on improving their fitness and performance from our head of athletic development. They receive high level coaching from both teachers and external specialists.

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

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 the opportunity to compete through House 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. For more information see our sports website and our Twitter account @SHSKPE to follow our activities. 

In addition, students are encouraged to compete for county and national teams. Over 100 St Helen’s students currently compete at this level in athletics, badminton, cricket, cross country, equestrian, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, netball, swimming, tennis, sailing, 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.