Sport is something we really value at St Faith’s Prep, and with good reason. It is important to both the physical and emotional development of your child, encouraging team spirit and promoting determination and honesty, skills that readily transfer into everyday life. And we do it very well indeed. With a gender-neutral sporting ethos, we are the first school in Kent where both the boys and the girls won the much sought-after McCarthy Cup and the East Kent Primary schools football league in the same 2017 season. In fact the girls have won their league and the McCarthy Cup three years in a row!
For a small community prep school we have fantastic facilities and ensure that we make the most of them! We have a large games field for cricket, rounders, football and athletics, a hard-play area for netball and hockey, a heated outdoor swimming pool, two purposeful indoor halls and a large all-weather sports court, for hockey, netball, 5-a-side football, tennis, PE and anything else we can think of!
It starts in Lower Nursery, with apparatus sessions in one of the halls, and continues through the Lower School, with dance, PE, football, rounders, cricket, athletics and swimming added as the children progress through to the end of Year 2. In the Upper School, all children have two afternoons of Sport a week covering swimming, netball, football, hockey, cross country and dance in the winter, and cricket, rounders, swimming and athletics in the Summer.
Competition is an integral part of the school, from Sandcastles Nursery, where our little purple and gold army (along with parents) have a spectacular summer Sports Day, competing in myriad sporting events, all the way through to Year 6 with the full fixture list of all major sports. All our Upper School children have the opportunity to represent St Faith’s in sporting fixtures.
There are also a variety of clubs at the end of the school day, some of which enhance the sports they play regularly, such as rounders, cricket, football, tag rugby, dance, gymnastics, swimming, and tennis.