Mowden Hall School

Leading Co-Educational Independent Prep School For Children aged 3-13 Years



Mowden has a strong sporting tradition. High standards of teaching and good facilities enable the children to develop impressive skills. There are excellent playing fields, a new Astro pitch with room for 6 tennis courts and an 11 aside hockey pitch, a sports hall with facilities for a variety of sports, an indoor heated swimming pool, and a 3 hard tennis courts which double up as 2 netball courts. In addition to Physical Education lessons, all children in the Prep School take part in at least five games lessons a week, lasting roughly sixty minutes, throughout the school year.

Boys’ and girls’ teams compete regularly, and Mowden has an excellent record in inter-school matches. Matches are generally played on Wednesdays and Saturdays throughout the school year, with other mid-week matches from time to time. We value games highly as we believe sport encourages confidence, builds self-esteem, teamwork and a sense of fair play, as well as helping to develop the full physical potential of each child, for this reason we promote full participation in as many fixtures as possible.

In the Autumn and Spring Terms we focus on invasion games; primarily rugby, hockey, netball and football. With pupils representing Mowden Hall at numerous festivals and in inter-School fixtures across the North East and Cumbria. 

In the summer, striking and fielding team games take centre stage, as our pupils predominantly play cricket, with rounders also taught. 

Across the year pupils also received regular coaching, and competitive opportunities, in cross country running, swimming, tennis and athletic

Child playing tennis with teacher

Mowden Hall School now has an all-weather sports pitch in order to enhance the existing facilities. This will ensure that all of our pupils have access to an excellent standard of sporting facilities throughout the year.

As well as competitive team sports, the Sports Department promotes a sport-for-all attitude, actively including those pupils who consider themselves to be less athletic and ensuring they also have the opportunity to represent the school and develop their potential. The department is also conscious of the contribution it can make to the local sporting community. This partnership is seen most obviously in the shared use with Newton Cricket Club and the large number of pupils who play for local cricket clubs, Tynedale Rugby Club and have represented the county and region for both sports.

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Physical Education and Games seeks to offer opportunities for children to:

  • Become skilful and intelligent performers
  • Acquire and develop skills, performing with an increasing physical competence and confidence in a broad range of physical activities and contexts
  • Learn how to select and apply skills and tactics
  • Develop their ideas in a creative way
  • Set targets for themselves and compete against others in a healthy environment
  • Understand what it takes to succeed
  • Acknowledge others success
  • Make informed decisions about the importance of exercise in their lives                                                                                                      

Within the Department, we aim to promote good health and fitness, and for pupils to develop an understanding of the place of physical activity in everyday life.

They are encouraged to participate fully in all forms of physical activity and to develop those qualities, which allow the individual to become a competent, well-balanced person. We attempt to nurture a sense of responsibility and create the opportunities for students to make decisions and develop an awareness and appreciation of expression within activity. Have fun!  

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