As an inclusive school, we aim to provide all children with the opportunity to participate at the appropriate level in both inter and intra-school sport. Enjoyment at all levels is central to our ethos, and we are extremely proud of the pathways provided for our children to access sport at Stroud.
Our departmental aim is to enhance the pupils’ exposure to a range of sports and develop a lifelong love of sport. We offer a range of performance pathways where children can learn, develop and thrive. We foster a ‘One Team, Forever Undaunted’ mind-set in all environments. Every child is encouraged to do their best at all levels of competition, celebrating their achievements along the way. Children are taught by specialist sports staff and are supported by wider school staff for fixtures, tournaments and festivals.
Sport at Stroud aims to:
- Provide opportunities for all, regardless of ability.
- Develop enjoyment, creativity, teamwork, discipline, respect, independence and sportsmanship.
- Encourage team spirit and identity.
- Promote the importance of physical fitness and exercise.
- Develop physical, psychological, tactical and technical skills.
- Develop skilful, committed, competitive and intelligent performers.
- Introduce a wide variety of sports to build confidence and a platform for the future.
- Promote links with local sports clubs to support development.
We offer Sports Days, Swimming Gala’s, Cross Country, Alternative Sports, Section Events and extra-curricular clubs, providing all children with the opportunity to train and compete together, in environments which develop the core elements of sport at Stroud - enjoyment, creativity, teamwork, discipline, respect, collaboration, independence and sportsmanship.
Wellington Sports Ground
Wellington sports Ground is shared with our senior school, King Edward VI School, Southampton, and consists of 33 acres of playing fields, six tennis courts, four netball courts and a water based astro pitch, all of which enable the school to host large tournaments, allowing pupils to play a range of schools on a regular basis. A large pavilion with 18 changing rooms, a kitchen and catering facilities for more than 100 students is also available.
Our main field, set at the entrance of our rural green environment with the backdrop of the main house, hosts five football pitches, seven rugby pitches, two all-weather cricket field and outdoor cricket nets. There is also a tartan running track and sandpit, and a grass running track for athletics.
The Andrew Sanger-Davies (ASD) Sports Hall
The Andrew Sanger-Davies (ASD) sports hall includes a full-size pitch, large viewing gallery and changing rooms. It is equipped with indoor cricket nets, a netball court, a basketball court and four badminton courts. Outside the building there are two netball courts and two tennis courts.
A high standard of specification has been used throughout; it is used extensively for sport, drama, assemblies and community opportunities.
Stroud School has a heated outdoor swimming pool which is used in the Summer and Autumn terms for all year groups. Aside from weekly swimming lessons, children also have the opportunity to sign up for Rookie Lifeguard and snorkelling clubs after school.
Stroud School is a member of the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS), and regularly hosts the IAPS U11 Regional Rugby Festival at Wellington Sports Ground. This festival is attended by more than 140 players with schools from across Hampshire, Wiltshire, Surrey and Dorset.