Physical education plays an important role in the life of the school. All children benefit from at least two hours of quality P.E., linked to the National Curriculum, each week. Although our own staff team are fully trained in all aspects of P.E., the children's learning is further enhanced by the use of specific coaches who come into school or teach our children at another site every week. Through the Government's Sports Funding, we employ coaches from Norwich City F.C.'s Football in the Community for two afternoons a week. This means that every child in the school receives high quality training in a variety of sports every week throughout the year. During their Junior years, children are also taught swimming skills, including personal survival, by the swimming teacher at Aylsham High School. Our sports coaches also run an after-school club which covers a variety of sports and skills throughout the year.
However, this is only part of the picture of P.E. at Swanton Abbott School. Every year, we are offered 'taster' days in specific sports by local experienced coaches, and we try to take advantage of these whenever we can. Sometimes, these days lead to the school having an after-school club, too. In the past we have run clubs in activities as diverse as circus skills and Bollywood dance. Representatives from the local rugby club have also come into school voluntarily to work with our children.
Although being a small school, it can be hard to create sports teams and take part at a competitive level, we have always been involved in local cross-country, football and rugby competitions whenever possible. We have also arranged informal netball matches with local schools.