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


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.

Sport and the curriculum

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.

Find out what our Duncombe sportsmen and women have been up to this term in our latest edition of Duncombe Sport.

Sporting Achievements


Duncombe pupils have been spotted for county, regional and national teams in both football and hockey and many of our boys play for Premiership & Football League Academy Clubs. In the 2018 Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) competitions, our pupils celebrated individual gold medals in fencing and clay pigeon shooting, and our netball team finished a respectable 10th place. In football, our team has won four out of the last five annual national Cognita Festival of Sports tournaments, and  they finished in fifth place in the U11s tournament of the Independent Schools Football Association in 2018.


Year-round sports activities

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

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