Physical Education is greatly valued at Red House. As well as helping to develop the full physical potential of each child, it helps foster and build confidence, self esteem and social skills.
A varied physical education programme helps children begin to understand what is involved in team membership and learn to appreciate fair play and sportsmanship.
Football, rugby, hockey, netball and cross country running are the main winter sports, with athletics, cricket, rounder’s, tennis and orienteering offered as summer activities.
Red House School plays an active part in inter-school sports competitions in the area and has an enviable reputation in providing outstanding individual and team members for a wide range of sports at a local, regional and national level.
Our Sporting Ethos
We believe that the physical and mental disciplines of working together in a team are very important. Sport teaches the art of winning and losing with equally good grace, self-reliance and leadership, and the opportunities to compete are grasped by many of our pupils.
We are constantly striving to raise aspiration in our pupils and recognise the positive influences that active sport has on the development of young people. Red House School PE Department organises a wide range of activities to cater for everyone, from the committed athlete to those participating for exercise and enjoyment. Our ethos is to ensure quality, quantity and breadth of sporting opportunities so that all our pupils acquire the skills and knowledge to live a healthy lifestyle.
We believe that enjoying success in sport, at their own individual level, can often be the key to pupils’ success across the whole school.
Red House School has a proud sporting tradition and the majority of pupils benefit from a high level of involvement in games and fixtures. Enthusiastic coaches, together with excellent school grounds, astro-turf, sports hall, tennis courts and access to local semi-professional club facilities, provide pupils with the opportunity to enjoy a full and busy programme of sporting activities.
Indeed, for a school of our size, we have earned a reputation far and wide, with notable achievements at county, regional and national levels. We appreciate the enjoyment that children gain from their sport and the greater benefits to be derived other than just fitness, development of teamwork, sportsmanship, camaraderie and associated social skills. The timetable is arranged so that all the children receive quality teaching, regardless of their ability, with the greatest emphasis placed on encouragement and enjoyment.
We offer a diverse sporting programme. In the winter term the major sports are Rugby, Hockey, Football and Cross Country for boys and Netball, Hockey, Football and Cross Country for girls. In the summer term all pupils participate in Tennis and Athletics, in addition to the major sports of Cricket and Rounders.
Rugby is a main sporting activity at Red House School for boys. A full sporting fixture list, which includes matches against a number of traditional long-standing rivals, is at the heart of Red House’s sporting calendar. We have an extensive mid-week fixture list.
Red House has an enviable reputation for collecting honours in a wide range of competitions, some local, and some on a national level. The rugby programme, which includes all age groups, has resulted in talented individuals reaching County and National level standard. Facilities at Red House are excellent, with level, maintained playing surfaces.
Every player has access to excellent Astro-turf and indoor playing facilities, and expert tutelage from our team of teachers. Red House hockey has achieved national and regional success across several age groups over recent years with teams competing against strong opposition.
Hockey is played across two terms a year, with full fixture lists that include games against independent schools from across the North of England. Boys and girls also feature in local County leagues and tournaments with notable successes in each competition.
Club links include Norton Hockey Club, Stockton Hockey Club and Stokesley Hockey Club.
Football is a main sporting activity for boys at Red House School. A full sporting fixture list, which includes matches against a number of traditional long-standing rivals, is at the heart of Red House’s sporting calendar. We have an extensive mid-week fixture list in the Spring Term.
Girls are given taster sessions throughout their time at Red House and have the opportunity to participate in ISA Football competitions. We have achieved success in a number of tournaments with our U13s reaching the ISA Girls School Finals at St Georges Park and our U15s were National Champions at the ISA Girls Football Festival at LVS Ascot.
Facilities at Red House are excellent, with level, maintained playing surfaces we have club links with Norton & Stockton Ancients and also use their state of the art 4G pitch for lessons and matches.
As a traditional sport, Athletics understandably occupies a healthy share of PE curriculum time. Alongside cricket, Athletics is a popular summer sport. With a range of facilities available to pupils, Red House has an enviable record of team and individual success. Individual athletes regularly achieve distinction at regional and national levels.
Aided by experienced sports teachers, pupils are encouraged to develop skills in their particular event and demonstrate such talents at athletics meets.
During the Summer Term, pupils compete in both the ESAA and ISA regional and national championships. Red House also has close links to local athletics clubs including Marsh House, Sedgefield and Mandale Harriers.
County fixtures are played by boys and girls throughout the Summer Term. The boys enter a County Cup competition in Years 7-10 and the girls recently made their debut in the Years 7-10 County League. A healthy house cricket competition also exists. Currently the School plays fixtures against other local independent and state schools.
First class cricket facilities are available to Red House pupils, using Norton Cricket Club’s indoor and outdoor facilities, nets, etc. The dedication and level of experience of our cricket teaching staff reflects the commitment the School has to offering cricketing opportunities to pupils of all abilities.
Red House encourages girls of all abilities and ages to enjoy netball. There are plenty of opportunities for players to compete in both local and national schools competitions. Thanks to our excellent facilities and dedicated teaching, players have the support they need to make steady improvements in their performance and game play while, most importantly, having fun.
It is of little surprise that Red House has an enviable reputation for competing at the highest level in this sport, and we have excellent links with clubs such as Grangetown and Oaksway.
At Red House, we are also heavily involved in the Stockton District League and Tournaments, with notable success in each competition. We have entered the National Knock-out Competitions in the U14/U16 categories, representing the county and beyond. We have also featured twice in the England Netball Schools National Finals.
Tennis is a well-supported and successful sport at Red House School. Tennis is predominantly a summer sport and is available to pupils in all year groups. School tennis courts are available for practice all year round.
Several pupils have reached a very high standard and are currently involved in regional and national knock-out competitions.
When they reach the appropriate level, boys and girls feature in the County Leagues at U13 and U15 levels. These leagues act as qualifying rounds for national competitions, and there have been notable successes at these stages in recent years.