Sport for all

Sport at Long Road

Developed in partnership with Homerton College, part of the University of Cambridge, our Long Road sports facilities offer state-of-the-art facilities, including:

  • Athletics facilities for track and field
  • AstroTurf pitches for hockey, rugby and football
  • Cricket nets
  • Netball and tennis courts
  • Floodlighting
  • Pavillion and changing rooms


Rowing at St Mary's

Our Head of Rowing, Stuart Cain explains about the exciting opportunities to experience rowing on the Cam with St Mary's School.

More about Rowing

Opportunities to excel

Students are fortunate to have access to coaching expertise in a range of sports, including hockey, dance and netball. Girls pursue sports they are passionate about, supported by specialist teachers, and our elite sportswomen regularly compete at county and national levels.

Our Sports Scholars enjoy additional opportunities including:

  • Summer training schedules and challenges
  • Leadership in their area of talent

We celebrate our sporting successes, with popular annual events including our Dance Display, Gym Display and Sports Award Dinner.

A choice of lunchtime and after-school extra-curricular clubs enable girls to pursue their talents and interests. We also run holiday training camps in rowing, netball and hockey.

Clubs typically include:

  • athletics
  • aerobics
  • badminton
  • basketball
  • boxercise
  • dance
  • football
  • multi-gym
  • gymnastics
  • handball
  • hockey
  • kwik cricket
  • pop lacrosse
  • netball
  • rounders
  • rowing
  • self-defence
  • tennis
  • table tennis
  • touch rugby
  • volleyball
  • yoga
  • Zumba

Competitive fixtures

We field sports teams in each year group, competing with great success against local schools, and in district and county championships. This includes:

  • County hockey tournaments
  • Independent Schools netball tournaments
  • International Junior Netball Festival (supported by Netball England)
  • District cross country competitions
  • Girls’ Schools Association (GSA) Gymnastics Display
  • Rowing race schedules for Squads 1, 2, and 3

Sport in the Curriculum

Girls keen to develop their academic understanding of sport can study our GCSE PE Short Course, before progressing to our A Level in Physical Education.

We are also excited to be introducing GCSE Dance from September 2022 as an additional qualification.

Our approach

Our 'Sport for All' ethos ensures that all girls can participate. From joining an extra-curricular club, to participating in competitive sport, or simply finding a physical activity they enjoy, student participation in sport reflects individual abilities and choices.

This approach is underpinned by research by UK charity, Women in Sport, Reframing Sport, which highlights the critical relationship between sport and self-worth, confidence and body image. The positive impact of our ‘Sport for All’ policy is evident in our recent student survey results:

  • 88% of St Mary’s girls enjoy PE versus 49% in Reframing Sport
  • 97% of St Mary’s girls believe exercise is important versus 56% in Reframing Sport

Sporting successes