Our pitches are the envy of many schools.
Robertson’s provides us with hockey and netball in the winter, and nine tennis courts (complementing the two grass ones in front of the Barn) in the Summer.
Football pitches in the Autumn become rugby pitches in November, as we head over the bridges. The summer sees the green space become a sea of cricket pitches, beautifully tended squares and immaculate out fields.
Birley's Playing Fields
Birley’s Field, named after Norman Birley (Headmaster of The King’s School 1927-35) who bought the land in 1927, is the School’s main playing field.
It comprises 22 acres and is used at various times for rugby, football, hockey, lacrosse, cricket, athletics and rounders. There are hard courts for tennis and netball; an artificial grass hockey pitch (also used for tennis courts); a grass athletics track with tartan field event facilities; and 3 grass cricket squares, artificial grass wickets and 24 practice cricket wickets.
The pavilion was opened in September 2005 by David Gower.
Sports Hall & Swimming Pool
At Junior King’s we are blessed with wonderful sporting facilities.
On site we have a state of the art sports hall and an outdoor heated swimming pool. This means that throughout the year the children can exercise whatever the weather. PE lessons use the netball, badminton, basketball, tennis and football lines on the Sports hall floor (often cheered on from the balcony). The long nets can produce four lanes for cricket, the trampoline and crash mats make for exciting fun, and the fencers make great use of the space.
The swimming pool is used in the Summer term by rowers for capsize drills, scientists for experiments, but mainly the children enjoying fun swims in games and activity time.
The King's Recreation Centre
Blore’s Field, named after George Blore (Headmaster 1873-86), has been used by the School for over a hundred years.
The Recreation Centre was opened in 1990 by the Duchess of Kent.
Indoors facilities: sports hall; swimming pool (25m x 12m); squash courts; fencing salle; fitness suite; dance studio.
Outdoor facilities: climbing wall; tennis/netball courts; artificial grass hockey pitch (Autumn and Lent) converting to tennis courts (Summer); and a shooting range.
This facility is managed by a Recreation Centre Manager. The Centre operates a community membership scheme for the public, details of which are available at: King’s School Recreation Centre.