The Games Department is made up of PE specialists and a large number of other staff, who coach and supervise a range of activities during Games sessions, under their guidance.
The Games Department aims to motivate, enthuse and inspire our pupils to take part in competitive sport in a safe environment. We strive to make competitive sport more attractive and accessible for our pupils, and ensure that they all have the opportunity to take part irrespective of their experience, talent, or ability.
All pupils from Years 3-8 have the opportunity to play in fixtures against other schools. The school’s termly House Challenge provides a context for competition within Durston; all boys have the opportunity to represent their house, play alongside their peers and enjoy a competitive afternoon of sport.
Each year group in Pre-Prep has one Games session per week, lasting 60-80 minutes, at one of our two playing fields. During these sessions, the boys have opportunities to learn about movement, beginning to understand, appreciate, and move their bodies whilst relating positively to others. This learning takes place as they engage in play, games, sport, exercise, and expressive movement.
Years 3-4 each have one Games session per week, which takes place at Swyncombe Playing Field. Throughout the year, the boys participate and compete in a range of team sports, the main sports being football, rugby and cricket. A number of sessions also focus on cross-country training and athletics, prior to our school competitions.
Middle School boys have two Games sessions per week at Swyncombe Playing Field. The Autumn Term sees the boys participating in football training sessions and competing against other schools. Rugby training and fixtures take place in the Spring Term, whilst in the Summer Term, we concentrate on cricket and athletics. Focused training, matches and tournaments for those boys representing the school in the top teams take place over a number of weekends.
The oldest boys are involved in two Games sessions per week, which are held at either one of our playing fields, depending on the sport they have chosen and for which team they have been selected to play. The sports offered are similar to those in Middle School, with the addition of a choice of Hockey in the Spring Term and Athletics and Tennis in the Summer. Weekend training continues for those players selected for the top teams, and more weekend Tournaments are entered. Durston House also hosts annual Football and Rugby Tournaments at which many different schools come to compete.