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Games Programme - Year 9

The basic premise at Year 9 is that a pupil will do three different sports across the three terms – one each term. Hence, as a norm, pupils should choose one of the “Games of the Term” for a block of three sessions per week for the duration of the term, as seen in the Core Programme table below. These sessions will be on Monday – period 3 and half of lunch break, Wednesday and Saturday afternoons. (All Year 9 pupils must be registered for Games on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons).

Boys' Games – Core Programme

AutumnSpringSummer
RugbyFootballAthletics
BasketballHockeyCricket
 Tennis (team only)


Girls' Games - Core Programme

AutumnSpringSummer
HockeyNetballAthletics
DanceDanceCricket
 Tennis                 


A pupil wishing to do one of the games available in two terms will need to carefully consider in advance which term they prefer to take it, as they must prioritise a different game in the other term. With permission from the Director of Sport or Head of Games, they may be allowed dispensation from one session of that other game to pursue the two-term option, and thus take a “3+1” (or “1+3”) programme.

For example, a girl wanting to choose dance might decide to prioritise this in spring term and so reserve her choice of three dance sessions for that term. She must therefore choose hockey during autumn term. With permission she may be allowed to do just two sessions of hockey and use the third one for dance. She may also find additional dance sessions scheduled outside of games time and/or use her Millfield Activities Programme (MAP) for additional dance during its non-priority term.

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.