Sport St Edward’s is committed to providing sport for every child, at every level and giving them every opportunity to succeed.

We run an extensive training and fixtures programme each term and are committed to each team having at least one fixture per week. Along with the major games of Hockey, Rugby, Netball, Football, Cricket and Rounders, we also provide competitive opportunities in Swimming, Athletics and Tennis.

Sport St Edward’s teams have enjoyed both Regional and National success within the ISA Sport network and also perform successfully at District and County level. The School also boasts a large number of individual pupils who have achieved representative honours at District, County, Regional and National level in a wide variety of sports.

The Physical Education Department offers academic courses at both GCSE and A Level with a number St Edward’s pupils continuing to study a variety of Sports Science courses at university.

Our Facilities

St Edward’s is well supplied with facilities on both our Senior School and Prep School sites. The Senior School boasts both an Astro Turf pitch and a 25m Swimming Pool along with Netball Courts, a Fitness Gym, field space and Cricket nets. Our Prep School site offers 3 Rugby and Football pitches, additional Netball and Tennis courts, a Sports Hall as well as a Cricket square and nets.

We employ specialist coaches to work alongside our high quality Physical Education teaching staff to provide excellent teaching and coaching to all pupils. Coaches work with our pupils both in curriculum lessons and in extra-curricular clubs. The Specialist Coaching Staff support and contribute to the extensive sporting programme at St Edward’s and provide additional technical training in sports such as Hockey, Rugby, Football, Netball and Cricket. We are also proud to have close coaching links with Cheltenham Town Football Club and Gecko Sports.

We strongly promote our pupils to be involved in community sport clubs to progress their skills and game play. A large number of St Edward’s pupils are currently representing a number of local clubs including; Cheltenham Hockey Club, Old Pats Rugby Club, Cirencester Football Club, East Glos Club, Old Chelts Netball Club and Cheltenham Swimming and Waterpolo Club.

Sport Scholarships

What we expect of our Sports Scholars:

  • To act as an ambassador for the School at all times
  • To act as a role model for their peers and for younger pupils on and off the sports field
  • To maintain a high level of performance and be committed to training opportunities
  • To represent the School in a number of sports and to commit to a minimum of 70% of school fixtures per term.
  • To assist with younger Sports Clubs and sporting events
  • Year 10 Sport Scholars are expected to take GCSE Physical Education.

What will the Sports Scholar gain?

They will gain automatic access to the STEPS programme for gifted and talented pupils in sport. They will also be provided with a personalised programme to support their development.


Year 7 and 10 Sports Scholarship candidates are assessed in the following sports:

Girls: Hockey, Netball, Swimming

Boys: Rugby, Football, Hockey, Swimming

(Candidates should bring appropriate kit for each activity including shin pads and a gum shield)

Sports Scholarships for Year 12 are practically assessed on an individual basis in a sport of their choice. The time and venue is agreed with the Director of Sport on receipt of their application.

All applicants will have a formal interview with the Director of Sport and the Headmistress. A portfolio of past achievements would be useful to view at this interview.

All candidates should include sporting references with their application form.

In order to celebrate the sporting achievements of pupils at St Edward’s School, we award Junior and Senior Colours. Sports Colours reward both a high standard of performance and also a firm commitment to the sporting life of the School and so; it is a great honour to receive them.

Recipients must fulfil the following criteria and be nominated by the PE Department in order to gain Colours:

Sports Colours

Junior Colours

  • Awarded in Year 10
  • Full commitment to training and matches for at least TWO seasons
  • Represented the School regularly
  • Performance is consistently good to excellent
  • Displays a positive attitude and work ethic within the sport

Senior Half Colours

  • Awarded in Year 12 or 13
  • Represented the School at 1st team level for TWO seasons
  • Full commitment to training and matches for two seasons
  • Performance is consistently good to excellent
  • Displays a mature, positive attitude and work ethic within the sport

Senior Full Colours

  • Awarded in Year 13 (exceptional circumstances in Year 12)
  • Represented the School at 1st team level for TWO seasons
  • Representative honours at County, Regional or National Level (or equivalent)
  • Performance is consistently of an excellent standard
  • Displays total commitment to all aspects of the sport

Junior Colours are awarded at Year 10 Sports Assemblies in December, March and July. Senior Colours are awarded at the Senior Sports Dinner held annually in March.

Senior Full Colours are reserved for the few who perform at the very highest level.

PE & Games Curriculum

Physical Education Games
Key Stage 3 Swimming, Badminton, Gymnastics, Fitness, Athletics

Girls’: Hockey, Netball, Rounders, Tennis

Boys’: Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Tennis

Year 10

Girls’: Hockey, Netball, Zumba, Rounders, Tennis

Boys’ Rugby, Hockey, Table Tennis, Fitness, Cricket, Tennis

GCSE Physical Education curriculum time is in addition to this.

Games Options

Senior Games

Year 11-13

Competitive: Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Football, Cricket, Rounders, Tennis, Golf

Recreational Activities: Badminton, Zumba, Aqua Aerobics, Golf, Football, Table Tennis, Fitness


A Level Physical Education curriculum time is in addition to this.