Sport at Leighton Park

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Sport, PE & Wellness
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Our students enjoy success in the Independent Schools Association competitions, with some of our Advanced Performer Programme members going on to the highest levels in their sports. We foster and celebrate these achievements, while ensuring that every student can enjoy being active, competing and developing their skills. Keen athletes can keep themselves active and play sports every day of the week, from our early swim and cardio classes at 6.30am through to games training under the floodlights in the evening.

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Advanced Performer Programme
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Our elite athletes benefit from a programme of support run by our Head of Athletic Development. This includes bespoke strength and conditioning programmes in our state of the art strength and conditioning centre, as well as additional sports psychology, diet and nutrition support, trips to some of the top facilities in the country and inspirational talks from leading athletes and outside speakers. Sports Scholars benefit from our partnership with Go Perform, who give medical support physiotherapy and training on avoiding injuries.



We run fixtures with multiple teams at each age group. Teams and individuals compete in a wide range of county, regional and national fixtures every year. As a result, many of our top athletes are often selected for county, regional and national teams.

The most popular boys’ sports are Football, Rugby, Athletics and Cricket, while the most popular girls’ sports are Netball, Hockey, Tennis and Swimming.

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We offer about 30 different sports and active clubs each term. There is something for everyone at Leighton Park, whether that’s rock climbing, judo, golf, horse riding, sailing, dance, swimming or yoga to name a few.

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In Physical Education, we place a lot of emphasis on students learning to move properly. This includes physical literacy and movement competency and overall fitness and health from both a physical and mental standpoint. Every student from Year 7 to Year 10 gets a data tracker to assess their progress in sport as well as giving them insights into the links with their mental health and happiness. The link between moving your body and how you feel is really important. Click the image to find out more about our GCSE programme.


Meet our students

Charlotte rugby

Charlotte – England Rugby Developing Player Programme

"I love that rugby is a very physical game, where you develop special friendships with your team mates. My ultimate goal is to play for the England Women’s 7s and 15s teams. I really appreciate the support provided by the Leighton Park Advanced Performer Programme, in helping me to prepare physically and mentally for rugby, in addition to the encouragement I have received from the sports coaches!"
Oliver Hockey

Oliver - England U16 Hockey

"I started playing hockey at a young age as my parents both play and have gradually worked my way through the county, regional and now England set up. My ultimate goal is to play in the Olympics and represent my country. At school the APP programme has helped me work on areas of my game off the pitch like strength and speed and also as a sports scholar I am able to visit Go Perfrom, where I receive specific feedback and training plans in a professional environment. Matt, our hockey coach at Leighton Park, plays in the first team at my club giving me a view of what I could do and achieve if I work hard."

Téa – Taekwondo U16 World Champion

"Taekwondo has been a part of me for my whole life where I have had the opportunity to travel the world and meet new people. It is my sanctuary where I can let go and be free while blowing off some steam." Read about Téa winning Gold at the UK Open Taekwondo Championship
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Yezen - Reading Football Club Elite

“I like football because it is fun to play with friends, there is a lot of teamwork and it keeps you fit. I’m a Sports Scholar at Leighton Park, which means I am part of the Advanced Performer Programme. I love going on trips, like our recent visit to St George’s Park, the home of the English national football team, where we learned about hydrotherapy.”

Related Articles

November 17, 2023

A Promising Season Opener for Girls’ Hockey +

Thursday 16th November brought great excitement and some nerves to Leighton Park’s U15 Girls’ Hockey Teams, who were ready for a thrilling day of fixtures at the Independent Schools Association … Read More +

October 28, 2023

A Rising Taekwondo Star: Inspiration and Determination +

Lower Sixth student, Tèa, inspired excellence through achievement at her latest Taekwondo competition. Her most recent triumph at the UK Open Taekwondo Championship, winning Gold in the sparring category, is … Read More +

October 16, 2023

Sporting Success on Girls’ Hockey Tour to Ireland +

The Girls’ U18 1st Hockey Team had a great trip to Dublin over the weekend from Friday 13th October to Sunday 15th October as they ventured over the Irish Sea … Read More +

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