Games Programme - Year 10

In Year 10 pupils may be starting to specialise in some sports more or diversify and therefore have the option to pursue their sports across two terms or in certain circumstances seek alternatives. The basic premise is that they pursue at least two different sports across the three terms, for a minimum of three sessions per week for the duration of each term (they do not need to continue a sport for two terms, and are perfectly entitled to change each term).

For boys, these sessions will largely be Monday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. For girls, they will largely be Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons (all Year 10 pupils must be registered for games on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons).

Boys' Games – Core Programme

AutumnSpringSummer
FootballFootballAthletics
HockeyHockeyCricket
RugbyRugby 7s (pre-selected) *Rugby 15s National Cup (pre-selected)Tennis (team only)


*if still in the competition

Girls' Games - Core Programme

AutumnSpringSummer
DanceDanceAthletics
HockeyHockey (pre-selected)Cricket
Netball (pre-selected)NetballTennis


Outdoor Activities & Games changes

Pupils who find themselves strongly incompatible with any of the games of the term may, after the first two weeks of term, seek approval from the Head of Games to enrol in a structured programme of outdoor activities, such as orienteering, climbing, canoeing and/or sailing. This programme must include sessions on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

Having made their games choice, pupils may only change once during the term and can only do so after the first two weeks of the term up until the end of the first week after half term.  Changes must be processed through the Sports Co-ordinator with the approval of the Head of Games, using the Change of Games Form.

Sports Specialists

Pupils who consider themselves sports specialists can apply to the Director of Sport or Head of Games to pursue their sport instead of the game of the term. Relevant sports include athletics, basketball, cricket, dance, fencing, football, golf, hockey, modern pentathlon, netball, riding, rugby, squash, swimming and tennis. Such pupils will typically be Sports Scholars, though being a scholar in a particular sport doesn’t automatically grant exemption from games of the term (dependent on individual development needs). Specialist programmes will include sessions on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

Pupils who specialise in other, more selective sports can apply for partial exemption from games of the term for one session per week. Examples of such sports include badminton, clay shooting and skiing. An existing performance record will be asked for. Ensuing programmes must include sessions on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.

Scholars outside of sport

Pupils who are scholars in academics, art, chess or music may apply to the Head of Games for dispensation to drop one session of Games each week, to pursue their specialisation instead. If approved, the relevant Head of Department would assume responsibility for ensuring the pupil is occupied in their specialist pursuit during what would otherwise be their games session.