Framingham Earl High School became a Specialist Sports College in September 2003 and received funding to develop initiatives across the School, linked to the influence of Sport on student progress and development. Although the label of being a Specialist School in any subject no longer exists across the country, we still have the philosophy, established over 10 years, running through the School, and many of the initiatives developed continue to impact current students motivated by the work of the Department.
Through the work and influence of the Specialism, our commitment to serving the community of schools across South Norfolk continues. We employ the School Games Organiser (SGO) for South Norfolk as part of the Government’s main strategy for Sport in schools nationally. The SGO supports and encourages school sports competitions at Level 1, 2 and 3 in 61 primary and 8 high schools. Our own students benefit hugely from this organisation and the structure it provides.
Every lunchtime and after school there is a voluntary Out of School Hours Sport Programme. A wide range of Sports Clubs run and are open to all students in games, fitness, and dance. In the Spring Term there is an annual Dance Show which over students from all years participate in. The Department works closely with the Schools Games Organiser and many students are involved in leading younger students at sports festivals and clubs that run in our Cluster Primary Schools.
There is a very active inter-school fixture programme, with over 200 friendly league and cup fixtures being played against schools all over the county throughout the year. Winter sports teams (Sept-March) include rugby, football, basketball, netball cross country, badminton and hockey (all year groups), and summer sports teams (April –July) are rounders, cricket, tennis and athletics (Y7-10). Students have represented South Norfolk in indoor rowing and athletics at the School Games finals.
Every year we have students who represent district and County teams in a variety of sports such as skiing, athletics, cross country, football, rugby and korfball.
Good club links exist, providing students with easy access into local specialist community sports.