At Duncombe we consider sport to be an integral part of education and development

Sport has a high profile in the curriculum and builds team spirit and a health and fitness awareness for life.

We recognise the contribution of Physical Education to the health and well-being of our children and believe that a varied PE curriculum and extra-curricular opportunities have a positive influence on the concentration, attitude and academic achievement of all of our children. With excellent staffing ratios, our pupils enjoy many opportunities to really develop their skills.  Pupils are introduced to competitive sports taught by specialist trained teachers, including ex-Premiership footballer Danny Granville on staff.

Sporting Achievements


Duncombe pupils have been spotted for county, regional and national teams.  Many of our boys play for Premiership & Football League Academy Clubs and have won four out of the last five annual national Cognita Festival of Sports where our Under 9’s cricket team were plate winners. Our girls are trophy winners at the Queen Margaret’s annual prep school netball competition and play hockey to County standard.

Year-round sports activities

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Our floodlit Astroturf pitch, courts and an all-weather 50 metre athletics track allow full year-round sport activities and we utilise local pitches, athletics track, riding stables and climbing wall.

Sport for All


All children swim once a week from Years 2 to 4, we hold a Spring Swimming Gala for Upper School and our Early Years, Lower and Upper School Sports Days are held in the Summer Term. It’s sport for all at Duncombe, no matter what your ability. We encourage healthy competition because we want to instil a sense of fair play and team spirit as well as a desire to win fairly and lose graciously. We hold inter-house fixtures every term, everyone gets to participate and are rewarded for sportsmanship and effort.

After School Activities


After School Activities offer a range of additional sporting opportunities, including athletics, tennis, golf, self-defence, fencing, gymnastics and horse-riding.   By encouraging children to explore a wide variety of opportunities it will equip them with the skills, confidence and aspirations to broaden their horizons and develop their independence.

Sir Don Bradman


An athlete … conducts his or her life with dignity, with integrity, courage, and perhaps most of all, with modesty.  These virtues are totally compatible with pride, ambition and competitiveness