Academic achievement is enhanced through taking part in sport | Portsmouth High School

Academic achievement is enhanced through taking part in sport

The British Mountaineering Council (BMC) claim that having a climbing wall in a school leads to enormous benefits beyond the obvious in terms of health, social skills and academic performance.

A sceptic would say that the BMC have a vested interest in promoting the advantages of climbing but the basis for their comment comes from a study conducted by NatCen Social Research, Newcastle University and ASK research.

Participation in sport is linked to positive social and emotional and behavioural outcomes and quite specifically taking part in sports clubs between the age of five and eleven was associated with a greater likelihood of achieving level 5 in mathematics. Children appreciate being busy and at PHS the pupils have really liked using our climbing wall.

Our girls enjoy playing sport whatever the activity. I watched our A and B U13 netball team play against a visiting team – Princethorpe – on Saturday. One team were victorious and the other was narrowly defeated but both were intense fast games.  Many of our girls excel in sport outside of school playing for local teams or competing individually in sports such as taekwondo.

During this half term break I shall find time to play a little golf. It is not just the pupils who benefit from physical activity and I know many of the staff, parents and older girls will compete in the Great South Run including some of my own family at the weekend.

Whatever you have planned for the half term holiday I hope you have an enjoyable break from the usual routine.