Sport plays a huge part in the life of all pupils at King’s and we are very proud of our outstanding achievements for both boys and girls. The below video provides a brief outline of sport at King's.
Sport within the School plays a key role in providing camaraderie, leadership and teamwork opportunities, and challenges both physical and mental, and sees pupils given the chance to display empathy, confidence, creativity, determination and self-discipline. Sport offers opportunities to cultivate communication and leadership skills, to work as part of a team, and to develop resilience by learning to meet success and failure head-on. Most importantly, participation in sport is an excellent way to improve health and well-being. It helps all our pupils to learn to take responsibility for themselves, setting them up for later life by teaching them the importance of maintaining a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Whilst excellence is pursued for those with talent and has led to many pupils achieving County, National or International representative honours, the aim is to cater for every pupil at their own level of ability and enthusiasm. Pupils are encouraged to play and compete for the school in the Inter School matches, Area, County or Regional competitions or in the wide variety of Inter House sports competitions.
The element of choice with regard to sporting options widens as pupils progress through the School. The main sports for boys are Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Tennis and Athletics. The main sports for girls are Hockey, Netball, Tennis and Athletics. Pupils can also participate in Badminton, Cross-Country, Basketball, Volleyball, Rounders, Football, Shooting, Equestrianism, Cycling, Yoga, Judo, Squash and Fives, either during the sports afternoon or as part of the Activities programme.
We are very fortunate at King’s Bruton to have exceptional sports fields that are kept immaculately by an incredible Head Groundsman Adi Davis and his team. These comprise of:
Every pupil is taught by fully qualified PE teachers during their core games lessons. During the sports afternoons, we are fortunate enough to have past and present international sports men and women, experienced and enthusiastic members of the teaching staff, and professional coaches, who have links with the county academies or the EIS at Bath University, coaching the boys and girls.
The Sports Scholars who are aiming to achieve or who have achieved international level in their sport, follow an Elite Sports Programme, that assists and supports their own individual training programmes in ‘Preparing the Athlete’, supporting their external training (club/academies/international), and monitoring most importantly their academic studies and balanced lifestyle.
At King’s Bruton we aim to develop every individual's potential and add value to their skills whilst raising their awareness for a need to exercise in the pursuit of a balanced active life. We strive for and are committed to providing the pupils with avenues to fulfil their sporting dreams and to find something they enjoy and will pursue for life.
Our King's Bruton Sportsite: www.kingsbrutonsport.com
Contact the Director of Sport Mrs Pip Atkinson-Kennedy
Athletics is a major sport at King’s, mainly taking place in the Summer Term, but pupils have the opportunity of receiving excellent coaching from top international coaches throughout the year. All pupils are encouraged to participate in Athletics as the sport caters for a wide diversity in individuals and builds the foundations for all other sports.
Pupils have the opportunity to participate at their own level and their chosen events or learn to officiate at our own hosted competitions. The athletes train on Games’ afternoons either on our immaculately kept grass track or using the world class facilities at Bath University. We are fortunate that we have some very experienced coaches amongst the staff, who are supported by international level coaches from Bath University such as Ken Holmes and Christian North.
Those wishing to pursue the Performance or Excellence levels are encouraged to compete in the numerous Interschool Meets, the Area, County and Regional Schools’ qualifiers in their chosen individual events. Many of the King’s athletes have competed at the multi events Pentathlon, Hepthathlon, Octathlon or even the full Decathlon at the county combined events championships. King’s athletes have broken County as well as Regional records in these combined events and many have gained County and even International representative honours in this incredibly demanding discipline.
The pinnacle of the season for any school athlete is the English Schools Track and field Championships and we are very proud of our many King’s athletes who have qualified and represented Somerset at these Championships, most notably Elliot Rutter who won the 400m in 2013 and then was selected to represent Great Britain at the European and World Youth Championships.
Mrs Phillippa Atkinson-Kennedy
King’s have a long, often distinguished cricketing tradition, which continues today. We have excellent facilities and a dedicated groundsman producing excellent playing surfaces. We run seven teams, three senior and four Junior. There are many talented coaches who are supported by our profession coach Mark Davis who offers group and one to one coaching throughout the year. At a time when school cricket has come under increasing threat because of exams, and earlier dates for the start and end of season, King’s has continued to hold the line to the relief of players, their families, and staff, many of whom are dyed-in-the-wool fanatics. There are two Cricket Festivals in the season. The U15 team who play, Merchiston, Glenalmond and Nottingham High School over three days in the final week of term. The 1st XI play in a Festival at the end of term playing school such as St Peter’s York, City of London Freemans and Christ’s Hospital School. We also promote opportunities for pupils to play at a higher level both District and County. We currently have three County players.
2nd Director of Sport
King’s School Bruton is blessed by beautiful surroundings in which to run on long-established, challenging, and safe local courses - all beginning and ending within the School grounds. We offer Cross-Country as a sports option in the Spring Term, and train or compete up to three times per-week. Our keen distance runners also have the opportunity to train all year round with Wells City Harriers. We have a very busy schedule of fixtures which take us around much of Somerset and Dorset, and host our own meet, The Marden Trophy each March. We are well-staffed and offer both interval and distance training sessions, but most importantly, our teams revel in the outdoors, and enjoy keeping fit and competing for King’s.
We have a number of runners who enjoy running as a pastime but we also have some who have achieved outstanding success in this sport. The top runners are encouraged to run in the Area, County, Regional and if they qualify, English Schools Championships and we are very proud in the fact that King’s has had International level Cross Country runners who have gone on to run for England and Great Britain.
Cross Country contact
Mr Mark Hambleton
Being a rural school, many of our pupils have their own horses at home and we, as a School, compete in the various NSEA competitions as well as local equestrian events. We have had dressage, show jumping and eventing teams competing locally as well as regionally. Our top riders have the opportunity of competing at the ISODE at Stonar, Windsor Horse Show and the Schools Show Jumping Championships at Hickstead. Some of our riders have also trained with the British Junior Eventing squad, competed nationally at Pony Club Tetrathlon and ridden for the Army at the prestigious HAC Combined Services Show Jumping Championships.
Riding is also an activity the pupils at King’s can take part in at Pevlings Stables near Templecombe, so the boarders can also ride once a week and can compete in local competitions using the Riding Stable’s horses.
Mrs Phillippa Atkinson-Kennedy
Hockey at King’s is thriving and we are now Nationally renowned for our hockey due to our success at County, Regional and National level in the past four years. During this time, King’s teams have qualified for eight National Schools’ Finals in both the indoor and outdoor formats of the game. On two occasions, our teams have been losing semi-finalists at the National Finals, placing us amongst the top four schools in the country. We are very fortunate to possess two top quality AstroTurf pitches which means that all of our pupils get the opportunity to train on a state of the art surface. Not only does this raise the quality of our top teams in the school, but it also ensures that all of our hockey players make great progress in the sport at King’s. Hockey at King’s is run by Henry Eriksson who himself plays hockey at the top level, most notably representing Sweden in the FIH Indoor Hockey World Cup in 2015 as they finished in 6th place. Most importantly, pupils at King’s are given the opportunity to develop their hockey regardless of their ability and every pupil has the chance to represent the school at whichever level best suits them. 1 to 1 coaching, small group sessions and squad training is accessible for our pupils in both indoor and outdoor hockey. We would love to welcome prospective pupils to come and visit and see for themselves how the hockey family operates at King’s.
Director of Hockey
Netball is the major sport for the girls during the Spring term, but we do enter teams during the Christmas term into the U14 and U16 Somerset County Tournaments and have had teams representing Somerset at the Regional finals. It is a popular sport and we can field 5 senior teams and 5 junior teams on a regular basis, enabling every girl if they so wish to play for a team in the inter school matches on Saturdays. We have a strong link with a local club and our top players in all the age-groups are encouraged to attend training and play during the winter term or even in the summer league. We have had a number of our netball players selected for the Somerset Netball Academy and we encourage them to attend selection trials so they can develop their potential. The 1st VII play the majority of their matches indoors but we have 8 excellent outdoor courts to cater for all the training sessions and matches.
Mrs Phillippa Atkinson-Kennedy
King’s Bruton has a strong rugby tradition and are proud of their history and their rugby ethos both on and off the pitch. There is a fundamental emphasis on fostering a positive team spirit through commitment to training and matches. King’s puts out eight teams every Saturday, three senior teams (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and six junior teams (16A, 15A, 15B, 14A & 14B). Our current fixture list includes all the local independent schools such as Queen’s College, West Buckland, Wells Cathedral School, Downside, KES Bath, Wycliffe College, Christ Brecon, Monkton Combe, and Clayesmore. This is a tough but competitive fixture list and challenges the boys every week to perform to the best of their ability. There is an experienced coaching team that supports the pupils providing opportunities for their development. We offer two exchange programmes one for a 5th year to go to South Africa post GCSEs and there is an exchange post A level to play rugby in Canada. King’s also enter 7-a-side tournaments in the Easter Term. King’s desire is that their pupils leave the school having enjoyed their rugby and will continue to play the game at university or club and will look back fondly on their experiences at school.
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The swimmers train all year round either as an activity in the evenings during the Christmas or Easter Terms and during their games afternoons as their major sport in the Summer Term. Training takes place at the Hazlegrove Preparatory School indoor 25m pool but the swimmers compete in pools all over the South West during the Summer Term. King’s has also had Biathlon teams competing regionally and nationally, with some of our top swimmers also competing at Biathle.
Dr Sadie Osborne
Tennis has always been an important feature of the sports scene at King’s. Pupils can have individual or group tuition on a weekly basis throughout the year with our dedicated professional tennis coach Dan Cahill (LTA Level 3). King’s boasts nine dedicated tennis courts across two locations on the school site. King’s fields senior and junior boys’ and girls’ teams of six players each. We play matches in the Aegon Team Tennis Cup as well as matches against schools such as Prior Park, Monkton Combe, Downside, Sherborne Girls, St Mary’s Shaftsbury. Our professional coach makes a massive difference, preparing the players for competitive matches.
2nd Director of Sport