PE & Sports
There are a variety of exciting sporting opportunities for boys at Brantridge, both in school and as part of our local community. We acknowledge the importance of sport in developing an appropriate level of competition, teamwork, physical and mental health and so actively promote participation in a range of activities.
Pupils are often playing football at Brantridge, whether in PE lessons or during their breaks. Our School 5-a-side Team also plays matches against other local schools.
Some of our boys also have the chance to watch professional football at the Amex Stadium, home of Brighton & Hove Albion FC. This offers a great opportunity to get out into the community and to demonstrate The Brantridge Way as representatives of the School.
We are currently developing a purpose built Mountain Bike Track in the grounds of the School. Pupils will be able to enjoy mountain biking right on their doorstep.
During the Spring and Summer Terms, pupils can develop their skills in Archery within the grounds of the School. After learning the basic techniques, pupils are encouraged to take part in the regualr school competitions.
Pupils attend sessions with Hawth Gymnastics in the purpose built gym at K2 Leisure Centre in nearby Crawley. As the boys develop their balance and concentration, they can work towards achieving Badges and Awards.
A swimming programme runs across the School.
Cuckfield Golf Club have provided taster sessions, allowing pupils to experience a range of different golf activities. During the sessions, pupils play fun games designed to help the boys learn and practice putting, chipping and driving shots. If pupils are interested, there may be opportunity for them to undertake a longer term coaching programme.
Pupils have had the oppotunity to visit nearby Deers Leap Farm to take part in a Rock'n'Ride activity. The boys are guided round fields and woods on their bikes before stopping at a rocky outcrop. The boys then slide and slither through, up, over and around the rocks - exploring the various short tunnels, caves and chutes - before getting back on their bikes and heading for the Farm.
Haywards Heath Rugby Club have also provided fun taster sessions. The boys can experience the contact aspect of rugby in a a fun and safe environment. The boys use tackle bags and rucking pads and start to combine these new skills with the skills they learn playing Touch Rugby at school.
The long term aim is to be able to integrate any boys who show and aptitude into the Club's training and coaching to support their growth and development.
We are fortunate to make use of the Quad Bike Track at one of the other schools within the RADIUS Trust. Students at Grafham Grange also have statements of special educational needs and/or Education, Health and Care plans with social, emotional and mental health as their primary identified need. Therefore, as well as being qualified Quad Bike instructors, their staff are also expertly placed to support the additional needs of our Brantridge pupils.
Pupils undertake an induction on the Bikes, proving they can ride and stop safely around a slalom course. They can then progress to riding on the full Quad Bike course in future.
Pupils can enjoy challenging themselves on the climbing wall at the K2 Lesiure Centre in Crawley.
Taekwondo is an ancient martial art and dynamic modern Olympic sport. Taekwondo is a sport driven by courtesy, integrity, perseverance and self-control. It is an ideal after-school club for our boys. As well as being a lot of fun, Taekwondo enhances the boys' confidence, coordination, flexibility, strength and stamina.