As always it has been a busy time for the PE and Sports Department at Oxford High School. PE lessons have been in full swing with our broad, balanced and diverse curriculum giving our students the opportunity to learn many new skills and find a sport they enjoy. Our co-curricular programme has been better than ever, with our clubs extremely well attended, with badminton and netball numbers leading the way, as we strive to offer both elite sport and sport for all provision.
In some incredible individual news, Cecily, our U16 football team captain, was selected to play for the England U16 football team against Wales on Tuesday 8th November. This was her first cap for England, and we are extremely proud of her and all her hard work and dedication to the sport to make her dreams come true. Here is to many more caps!
There has been great success on the sporting field competing against other schools, with our U15 hockey team winning their County Tournament, a first for that year group and testament to their hard work and dedication over the years. They also won the GDST Regional Qualifiers booking a place at the GDST Rally where they will play in the top eight schools in the GDST for hockey at U15 level.
At the first Autumn GDST Rally, our U15 football team finished 2nd, alongside our U18 hockey players finishing 5th and our U14 netballers finishing 12th. To finish so highly amongst 25 other GDST schools and academies, is outstanding work by our students.
Our cross country teams have also been starring as the junior (Y7/8) and inter teams (Y9/10) ran extremely well in the English Schools Cross Country Cup County Round, both finishing in 2nd place as a team, meaning both teams have qualified for the Regional Cross Country on Saturday 12th November. A superb achievement by all those involved.
Our U16 football team have won all three of their knockout cup games in the EFSA (England Football Schools Association) Cup and are through to round four. Our netball teams from U12-U18 have been playing a lot of cup fixtures, keeping them very busy, with mixed results across the year groups from cup rounds 1-4 so far; all teams playing extremely well and competing fantastically. Badminton has continued to grow here at Oxford High, with our junior and senior badminton teams enjoying more fixtures than in previous years and having great results.
We also have the maximum number of students through to the GDST Select Final Trials Days for hockey, football and netball at U16 and U18 level which is a fantastic individual achievement for those involved, and amazing that as a school all our students nominated made it through the first trial days.