Inspiring a love of sport
The primary aim of the Sports Department is to inspire in each child a love of sport, from Nursery through to Year 6. We have the responsibility to introduce all the children to a wide range of sports whilst teaching a healthy and respectful attitude towards competition. The emphasis is always on enjoyment and being the best we can be. We believe that if the children enjoy their sport they will want to learn more and they will subsequently achieve more.
We promote sport and fitness for all ages and ability levels. We recognise that the lessons learnt through participation in sport and team activities are invaluable for personal development and we want to foster a lifetime of healthy living. Whether a student is participating as an individual or as part of a team, sport provides them with a unique opportunity to begin life long friendships, learn to conquer their fears and build strength of character.
The Paragon offers an extremely varied programme of PE and Games. Lessons from our specialist sports teachers cover netball, hockey, rugby, football, cricket, tennis, gymnastics and the components of fitness. From Reception onwards, children also have swimming lessons. Our sports teams are highly competitive and take part, with considerable success, in a wide range of tournaments and festivals. We also offer a vast range of sports clubs including fencing, rugby sevens and cross country.
We make good use of our facilities: a well-equipped gym, a hard play area (for tennis and netball) and a playing field. We also use our excellent facilities at our nearby senior school, Prior Park College. These include our multi-purpose sports centre and fitness suite as well as an indoor swimming pool, sand-dressed artificial pitches, grass pitches, tennis courts, athletics track and dance studio.
Given the school's small size, sports achievements are disproportionately impressive. Nice blend of inclusion and representative teams.Good Schools Guide
As a parent I have experienced several schools over the last fifteen years or so (my eldest is now 20) and by a clear margin the Paragon provides the friendliest, most supportive environment. It is evidenced in so many ways and manifests very clearly in the dedication and enthusiasm with which you imbue the sports teams.Peter Cockhill, Paragon parent.