Physical Education

The children enjoy a level of physical activity that far exceeds the national average and supports our Healthy Schools Programme.

Our all inclusive policy ensures that every child, regardless of ability or age, take part in and enjoy elements of the National Curriculum and also have the opportunity to maintain a healthy, active lifestyle through positive experiences.

The Physical Education and Sports Curriculum is taught by specialist teachers who help to develop skills and techniques in many different disciplines. Children from the age of two enjoy the expertise of our qualified teachers making full use the sports hall facilities and sports fields.

The Physical Education Curriculum is underpinned by inter-house sporting competitions, School Sports Partnership Leagues, annual events and Regional and National competitions. Children enjoy developing their skills through a variety of sports activities including tennis, badminton, basketball, handball, dodgeball, gymnastics, ballet and dance, orienteering, indoor athletics and cross country.

The traditional sports of rugby, netball, football, hockey, athletics, rounders and cricket are also taught and children in KS2 regularly enjoy friendly and competitive fixtures with both independent and state schools in the area. Children from Reception to Year 6 also enjoy a half hour of swimming every week which takes place at the local pool.

Every year the children participate in the Ilkley Harriers Cross Country League. The League runs from September to March every year. Ghyll Royd along with 4 other schools organise a event and Ilkley Harriers coordinate  the programme and league tables. Further details can be found at