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Sport

Focus on the best? Or develop the rest? People often think it has to be one or the other, especially in sport. In fact you can have both – and at Colfe’s we do.

We encourage our sixth-formers to get involved, whether it’s developing their passion or an opportunity to try something new. There is something for everyone here. Netball, rugby, hockey, swimming, cricket, football, athletics, cross-country, tennis and biathlon – all are open to every pupil. We value talent, attainment and hard work – in sports as much as academic work – helping you to develop the personal qualities of team work, self discipline and organisation. Valuable skills for your life after Colfe’s. 

Sport Scholarships
Sport scholarships are offered in Year 12.

At application stage, you are required to provide the following:

  • A personal statement written by the applicant outlining their suitability for a Sport Scholarship. This should include their previous and, more importantly, current involvement in sport including school or representative honours
  • One or more written recommendation(s) to confirm the applicant’s ability from at least one of the following: sports coach, PE/class teacher or county coach
  • Details of preferred sports in order of preference

The next stage of the assessment process is to attend a first-round practical assessment session. You will be told if your child has been shortlisted for this stage after the entrance examination has been sat. Applicants must be able to demonstrate a high level of fitness and will be expected to participate in, and demonstrate their ability in, core sports including netball, hockey, cricket, rugby, football and cricket.  Applicants will need to be able to run at least 1500m, and if a potential swimming scholar must be confident swimming 100m continuously (4 x 25m lengths) in freestyle, breaststroke, and backstroke, and 50m continuously (2 x 25m lengths) in butterfly. We would expect swimming scholars to be part of an external swimming club, training at least three times a week.

Shortlisted applicants will then be invited to attend a further second-round practical assessment.  Applicants will be assessed on their ability in their chosen sport(s), their fitness and motor co-ordination, reactions to feedback and potential to contribute fully to the school sports programme. As well as ability, we look for potential and enthusiasm and we expect fitness appropriate for an elite sports performer.

Applicants may also be invited to attend a group interview session with the Director/Assistant Director of Sport.

Information on how to apply is available in our Admissions section.

Athletics

Our athletes benefit from expert coaching and we make good use of Sutcliffe Park Athletics Track.

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Athletics

Athletics at Colfe’s is a major summer sport with all pupils learning and refining disciplines in PE lessons.

Athletes benefit from expert coaching and we make good use of Sutcliffe Park Athletics Track, where we host our annual athletics championships to display the talents of our athletes. We have a large number of pupils selected to represent the district in the London Schools Athletics Competitions with some selected to compete at International level.

Cricket

Cricket is the major summer game for both boys and girls and enjoys a proud tradition.

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Cricket

Cricket is the major summer game for both boys and girls at Colfe's.

Saturday fixtures take place for our leading squads with midweek fixtures for our development sides. The school currently fields 35 teams so that everyone gets a chance to participate in the sport.

Boys enjoy competition against local competitors; as part of the London Schools Cup and the National 20/20. Our First XI compete against the MCC and Leathersellers' Club.

Girls start their season participating in the Lady Taverners Indoor Competition where they have enjoyed great success at County level, enter National and County hardball competitions and play regularly fixtures in both softball and hardball competitions in the summer term.

Winter nets run throughout the autumn and spring term to enable cricketers to focus on skill development and acquisition. Specialist external coaches support all of our cricket sessions.

Cross Country

Cross Country has grown in popularity in recent years and we field competitive teams for both boys and girls.

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Cross Country

Cross Country has grown in popularity in recent years and we field competitive teams for both boys and girls.

Fixtures range from local school competitions to borough Championships, London Schools Championships and the English Schools Cross Country Cup. Colfe's teams frequently hold the borough titles and a number of our elite runners go on to represent London at the English Schools Championships in March.

We hold our own well-contested cross-country championship in Oxleas Woods and House cross-country is extremely popular.

Football

Both boys and girls represent local London academies such as Charlton, Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall FC.

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Football

Football is played by both boys and girls in the spring term and every pupil has the opportunity to represent the school in competitive fixtures. We compete against independent schools in the South of England and participate in the Independent Schools Football Association and London Independent Schools Cups. In addition to games, training regularly takes place midweek under the expert guidance of external coaches who work closely with the PE and sport staff to support the development of our pupils.

Colfe's boys and girls represent football academies such as Charlton, Tottenham Hotspur and Millwall FC.

Hockey

Mixed Hockey training sessions take place in the spring term for our Senior pupils.

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Hockey

Hockey is the core sport for girls in the autumn term.

The school fields 17 teams across the senior school, and every girl will represent the school in fixtures during their time at Colfe’s.

All girls are welcome and encouraged to attend hockey training after school and fixtures take place both mid-week and on Saturdays against many other London and Kent schools. Teams are also entered and enjoy success in the Kent County competitions.

We employ specialist hockey coaches to support our programme and hold masterclasses run by England Hockey players and coaches. We also run tours abroad to places such as Malaysia and Singapore, and UK based pre-season tours. Many of our girls go on to represent the County and we have strong links with local hockey clubs.

We also offer the boys the opportunity to develop their hockey skills at a lunch time club and to play mixed hockey in Y11-Y13.

Netball

Netball is the core sport for girls in the Spring term with pre-season training and friendly fixtures taking place in the Autumn term.

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Netball

Netball is the core sport for girls in the Spring term with pre-season training and friendly fixtures taking place in the Autumn term.

The school fields 24 teams across the senior school so that every girl will represent the school throughout the year. The A-C teams participate in regular Saturday fixtures against other Independent Schools such as Alleyn's, Bancroft's, Benenden, Reigate Grammar, Sutton Valence and Woldingham. Other teams participate midweek and during their games lessons. Teams are entered and enjoy success in local leagues, cups and Kent County competitions at all levels and the Independent Schools National Netball competitions at First VII, U15, U13 level.

Many of our girls go on to represent the County and we have strong links with local Netball clubs.

Pool Activities

Our on-site 25m pool is in use throughout the year for swimming, lifesaving and water polo.

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Pool Activities

Our on-site 25m pool is in use throughout the year for swimming, lifesaving, water polo and occasional synchronised swimming and kayaking.  Colfe's swimmers compete in galas against local schools including the London League Gala and Kent and London Schools as well as the Cadet and English Schools water polo tournaments.

Before and after-school training takes place three times week where pupils work on both stroke technique and stamina, supported by our experienced coaching team. The school also has close links with local swimming clubs to provide pupils with further opportunities.

We aim for every pupil to be able to swim a length of front crawl, backstroke and breaststroke by the end of Year 9 as well as having deep-water confidence. This leads onto the lifesaving course that students take when they reach Year 10. Many of our pupils progress on to assisting and coaching the younger pupils in addition to their own training.

Rugby

Rugby is the main competitive sport for boys in the Autumn Term and girls in the Sixth Form.

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Rugby

Rugby is the main competitive sport for boys in the Autumn Term and girls participate in the Sixth Form.

Colfe's has regular competitive fixtures both on Saturdays and midweek against local schools, including Reigate Grammar, Caterham and Eltham College, producing 20 teams from First XV level down to the U12s.

The First XV and u15s compete in the National Cup and other age groups compete in county tournaments. In the Spring term the school enters Regional and National 7s tournaments. Boys regularly achieve representative honours at County and Saracens Academy level following in the footsteps of Old Colfeian Matt Gallagher who is currently playing in the Aviva Premiership.

Rugby tours have recently included visits to New Zealand, Canada, Ireland and South Africa.

Taekwondo

Taekwondo is run as an after-school co-curricular activity.

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Taekwondo

Taekwondo (ITF) is run as an after-school co-curricular activity. This scientific martial art is offered to all in the Senior School. Pupils learn not only how to defend themselves but also gain fitness, confidence and strength of mind.

Gradings are offered on a regular basis for those taking part.

Tennis

Tennis is a very popular sport during the summer term and both our boys and girls participate in regular friendly matches.

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Tennis

Tennis is a popular sport during the summer term and both our boys and girls participate in regular friendly matches against local schools and in the Ageon Schools competitions.

Coaches from local tennis clubs provide support to our dedicated tennis staff and work hard with our  pupils to develop skills across the attainment range. We have several players with LTA rankings and many of our pupils are members of local tennis clubs.

How to apply

Find out more about how to apply for Colfe's School. Our main entry points are at ages 3, 4, 11 and 16.