Sport : Inspiring a love of sport

Physical Education and sport are an important part of life at St Francis and it is our philosophy to ‘inspire a love of sport’. We would like all of our pupils to be physically literate, as this is the underlying goal of all physical activity. Physical Literacy addresses the whole child and respects each pupil as an individual. The physical literate child will have the motivation, confidence, movement competence, knowledge and understanding to value and take part in physical activity throughout their personal lifelong journey.

Physical Literacy gives the pupils the tools they need to take part in physical activity and sport, both for healthy life-long enjoyment and for sporting success. Research shows that being physically active later in life depends on feeling confident in an activity setting; and that confidence, as an adult, most often comes from having learned fundamental movement and sports skills as a child. At St Francis we concentrate on developing these fundamental movement skills from Nursery and develop them as they grow. These skills naturally lead into the sports that the pupils will participate as they move into the prep and senior parts of the school.

A broad range of sports and PE 

We participate in a range of sports including football, netball, rugby, hockey, cricket, cross country, biathlon and swimming. This is supplemented by our PE lessons which include fundamental movement skills, gymnastics, dance, and fitness, agility and wellbeing.

Judo, fencing and lacrosse can also be enjoyed as after-school or lunch time clubs. Our pupils may also be selected for our Swimming Team which trains at the Marlborough College Swimming Pool.


The pupils have both PE and Games lessons during the week, and the pupils in Years 3 to 8 also have a fixture afternoon. All our pupils, whatever their ability, represent the school in competitive sports matches against other schools. Representing the school can be a major motivation for some pupils and we provide them with this experience.

The fixture list of matches and tournaments against other schools is extensive in both depth and variety. Opportunities for competitive sport in local, regional and national events are supplemented by our Inter-House Competitions.

Sports Facilities

The School boasts a total of 2 Rugby pitches, 2 football pitches, an athletics field, cross-country course, 2 tennis/netball courts, a grass cricket pitch, cricket nets (indoor), indoor climbing wall and The Hemery Hall – a multi-purpose sports hall – which is used by the school and the wider community for a range of indoor sports. We also use the Marlborough College Astro-turf and Swimming pool, and both the Pewsey Sports Centre Swimming Pool and Wilcot Cricket Ground.

The School ethos of ‘One childhood, many opportunities’ certainly applies to the Physical Education and Sport at St Francis. 

Major Team Games

Autumn Term

Football (boys), Hockey (girls), Swimming, Cross Country, Biathlon

Spring Term

Rugby (boys), Netball (girls), Pop Lacrosse, Cross Country, Swimming, Biathlon

Summer Term

Cricket, Athletics, Swimming

Read our Team Selection Policy

A range of sports including football, netball, rugby, cricket, cross country, orienteering, judo and fencing, and hockey can be enjoyed as after-school or lunchtime clubs. Pupils may also attend our Swimming Squad training sessions. Additional sports that are taught as part of the curriculum are: tennis, badminton, gymnastics, basketball, and dance.