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Sport at St John's

St John’s has an excellent reputation for sport both in terms of the success of its sports teams and also the breadth of opportunity available. Whether in a team or individual environment, St John's pupils have the support to achieve success in their chosen pursuits, both in and out of school.

We are fortunate to have outstanding facilities which include: nine rugby/football pitches, two astroturf pitches, six netball courts, four cricket squares, sports hall and conditioning room, five hard tennis courts and 24 synthetic courts (in summer), athletics track and swimming pool. All pupils take part in sport, with two sessions per week, and most fixtures for the major sports taking place on a Saturday.  All pupils are required to be available for fixtures at weekends.  Visit our fixtures website to see details and results. 

Sport is a significant aspect of life at St John’s and is a key element of education. The School's philosophy of marrying breadth of opportunity and inclusion alongside the promotion of excellence is well respected. Sports scholarships are available at 11+, 13+ and 16+ for new pupils with the calibre to maintain these high standards.


Coaching is provided by a highly qualified staff who are assisted by an extensive range of professional coaches, across the sports and ability range whether at elite or recreational levels. St John’s also puts out a large number of teams in the various sports to ensure that the majority of pupils get to represent the School.

Elite Provision

Pupils with the potential to progress beyond school standard receive a high quality and structured training programme, enabling them to develop the necessary skills in their chosen sport, alongside other key components such as diet and nutrition, conditioning programmes and boosting time management skills. This is enhanced through a sports scholars’ programme. A number of former pupils are now playing professional sport.

Emerging Athletes Programme

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Sport For All

All pupils, regardless of ability, get fully involved in the sports programme. For those who do not participate in the major sport(s) for that term there is the ‘Alternative Games Programme’ which allows pupils to participate in a range of activities at a more recreational level. The Director of Sport determines which pupils can move from the ‘Major Games Programme’ into the ‘Alternative Games Programme’.

Sport in the Sixth Form (16+)

Sport at St John’s in the Sixth Form is very strong. St John’s teams compete at the highest level in all major sports including rugby, netball, tennis, cricket, hockey, athletics and football. There are teams for all, whatever the ability level, and pupils are encouraged to represent the School. Alternatively, Sixth Form pupils may choose to take advantage of the “Sport for All” programme, which offers a wide range of activities from swimming to Zumba and encourages the enjoyment of sport as part of a healthy lifestyle.

Variety of Sports Available

Other competitive sports available include badminton, golf, squash and shooting. Recreational sports include conditioning, dance, health-related fitness, indoor climbing, off-road cycling, pilates, rowing, sailing, volleyball and Zumba.