The Waconian Sport Way – Half Term 1

Sport again has been at the forefront of pupils lives at Cheadle Hulme School with many of our Waconian’s taking part in various foundation, development and performance sports opportunities. This term, we introduced another batch of budding year 7s into our community, introducing them to a wide range of new and existing experiences for them to grow, develop and thrive at Cheadle Hulme School.

The Senior School Physical Education Curriculum

In Physical Education lessons, the students have had various opportunities to build the fundamentals of activity with lower school students experiencing Physical Literacy, Gymnastics and Swimming as a core element of their curriculum.

“Physical literacy is the motivation, confidence, physical competence, knowledge, and understanding to value and take responsibility for engagement in physical activities for life.” – The International Physical Literacy Association

One of the key reasons this was implemented into our curriculum is what it can do for a pupil’s development in the long term regardless of their sport, ability or background. Lessons are structured to challenge and develop all pupils in which they can take back into their sports or everyday lives. Elements of the curriculum look at water safety, technique, speed, agility, coordination, flexibility and balance, engaging students in motor skill development to achieve their sporting potential.

This term, our Upper School has taken part in a range of opportunities to facilitate their development inside and outside the curriculum. Year 11 have experienced more new challenges, taking Yoga, Basketball and Volleyball as a way of developing game awareness, strength, endurance and flexibility.  One of the key reasons is its physiological benefits for the holistic development of young bodies, the prevention of injury and its emotional benefits in this frantic and busy year. Year 10 are now integrating leadership into their skill set, enhancing their knowledge, understanding and implementation of creating and leading sessions of sport to the younger students in our school community. Year 9 have been developing the skills and techniques in Basketball, Badminton and Life Saving and Dance, working through a games-based approach that looks putting students into constraints led learning to emerge skills that create an excellent learning environment.

Junior School PE and Sport – Mrs Walker (Head of Junior School PE)

In Junior School, There have been 25 sporting fixtures already this term in the Junior school, and our participation rates for pupils representing to school are as follows;

Year 3 – 68%

Year 4 – 70%

Year 5 – 79%

Year 6 – 98%

In the co-curricular programme, 20 sporting clubs are on offer in the junior school this term, including Judo, Yoga, Badminton and Dodgeball, and the Infants have recently had a chance to join our new sports clubs at lunchtime, in years 1 & 2. This looks to give our students the best opportunity to develop various skills and techniques in many different aspects of PE and Sports.

Our Sports teams have taken part in the following AJIS competitions (AJIS stands for Association of Junior Independent Schools);

cross country

The Junior School Physical Education Curriculum

During lessons, the following has been happening;

In PE pupils have been learning about Gymnastics In Games Year 3 have been working in mixed-gender groups, on 4 activities of Hockey/Netball/Football and Rugby and will rotate after half term onto a new activities Year 4 Games – Boys have been on Rugby and Girls on Netball Year 5 Games – Boys on Rugby and Girls on Netball Year 6 Games – Boys of Football and Girls on Hockey

All pupils have been enjoying swimming lessons every week, where they have been timed across lengths, learnt a variety of strokes and prepared for the two galas which have already taken place this term for Year 3/4/5/6.

Senior School Sport at Cheadle Hulme School

Hockey Highlights

The Girls Senior Hockey team have had a strong start to their Cup run beating both local rivals, Altrincham Grammar School and Manchester High School for Girls. The U16s and U15s are through to the 2nd round of the Independent and National Cup. The U14s have also had a brilliant start reaching the North West Finals winning all five matches in their County round. Unfortunately, the U13s lost narrowly to King’s Macclesfield in the Independent Cup competition which now means they will compete in the plate competition.

It’s been great to extend our fixture list and host a variety of different schools including Sedbergh, Stonyhurst, Denstone and King William School (IOM). For some year groups, participation levels have been extremely high meaning that squad lists are always changing. In some cases, four different teams have been competing, pupils have been excellent in their ‘Endeavour’.

Additionally, Mr Ray-Hills is regularly having one to one session with some of the Sixth Form students on the Elite Sports Pathway Programme. There are also extra morning sessions that take place in the Gym on a Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for both boys and girls.

There are lots of students currently attending County, Performance Centre and England trials out of school. We are incredibly proud of all of their achievements and look forward to hearing their future successes!

Football Highlights

In football, we have been working on switching the point of attack and playing into zone 14 for the u15 ISFA team. The U13 ISFA team have been working on team shape and switching the play. Our Senior teams have been playing regular fixtures in the North West Colleges league that has seen them develop in new and existing squads.

Recent success has been evident in the ISFA Cup with our U13s and U15s making considerable ground in the competition and continuing on the march to the finals with hard work being put into training and matches. Our co-curricular clubs for B teams have been well attended, Year 7 we have over 45 turning up. Yr8b 20 and yr9b 30.

Cricket Highlights

In Cricket, County cricketers joining in Years 8 (Will Clift) + Year 9 (Hana Rafiq) in part due to active cricket programme. U12/13 Girls’ cricket takes priority for the first time with after-school club, coached primarily by older girls. U12/13 Boys’ Christmas Cup kicks off with first thrilling game won by a single run. Twenty-five students sign up for Young Coaches’ programme with some of them delivering sessions already, this looks at the Waconian Value of ‘Contribution’, with pupils using their skills and techniques to help develop other students in the school community.

At the end of the half term, 12 lucky students were able to attend the ECB National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University to support the level 4 programme. This opportunity saw our students being coached by some current and ex-professional cricketers including ex England international and Sky Sports Cricket presenter Marcus Trescothick and the England women’s cricket team. Thanks to Mr Wood for organising and giving our students such a valuable experience.

u15 cHESHIRE Cup winners cricket

Netball Highlights

After a busy first half term of netball, especially with National Cup competitions, our teams continue their progress through the rounds starting now in November. Our U13s and U14s gained success from their tournament in La Manga following on from last year’s National success.  U12s, have made it to the third round of the Sisters in Sport National Cup after a convincing second-round win over Wirral Grammar. Hoping to join them are the U13s and U14s who play their second-round games in a week. Still going strong in the Independent Schools National Cup are the U13s, who romped to victory in the first round 75-2 against Loughborough High School, and the U15s. Both teams have their second-round games this half term.

Other upcoming key competitions to look out for are the U14 and U16 England National Schools which both take place this week. The most prominent school’s competition in the country, this is a tournament format at each round, and we’re hopeful of progressing to the Round which takes place in January.


Rugby Highlights

A big and exciting half term took place for Rugby at Cheadle Hulme School. Students from Y4 up to 1st team competed on Local, Regional and National levels with some excellent success taking place. Our teams have been able to field A, B + C teams in some year groups and this has seen our students be able to get a considerable amount of game time. This year we introduced the Waconian Values laces in partnership with the RFU project Quilter Kids. Students have been able to obtain laces for several reasons that could be performance or showing Waconian Values in training or matches.

We have been excited to see our Y7s join this term and have become fully integrated into our Rugby programme at Cheadle Hulme School. This enthusiasm and motivation to get involved from our Year 7s have seen three teams play consistently throughout fixture card to date, a brilliant effort by the year group.

Our senior Rugby has excelled with a perfect Saturday fixture card record, with the 1st team currently in the Cheshire Schools Cup final that will take place against Lymm HS this term. Good luck to everyone involved.


Our first Swimming gala against Oldham Hulme Grammar School was a resounding success for the girls’ Swimming teams. Also, our clubs have 40+ attending on Wednesday lunch (girls and boys) and 20+ on Thursdays after school showing the strength in our swim squads for the up and coming season.

Well done to the following students who have made considerable success in the swim clinic last term;

Maryam Imran

Fin Martin

Haider Faiz

Nhyira Formenya

Let’s celebrate!!



County Cricketers 2019.

Liam Grindlay – u12 – Hawk Green

Freddie Vaughan-Hawkins – u12 – Timperley

Iryan Swamy – u12 – Horwich – Cheshire

Will Clift – u13 – Cheadle

Archie Vaughan – u14 – Alderley Edge

Joe Chapple – u14 – Alderley Edge/Bowdon

Finn Gavaghan – u14 – Lindow

Hana Rafiq – u14 – Didsbury

Jack Bridgeman – u15 – Bramhall/Brooklands

Matt Lomas – u15 – Brooklands

Max Fisher – u16 – Didsbury

Ben Staniforth – u18 – Hale Barns

Oliver Latter – u18 – Bramhall






Girls Football

Boys Football

Rugby –  Academy/County/Representative




Ask the Expert – Phil Kearns

Current RFU Role National Coach Development Lead.  Responsibilities to develop and produce all RFU coaching resources and content for both qualifications and continuous personal development courses.

Phil Kearns

Coaching World Class People

I am very fortunate in my current role that I get to spend time with new coaches setting out on their coaching journey as a student, or a parent looking to help out their son or daughter’s team as well as spending time with coaches in the elite end of the game at England such as Eddie Jones ( England Head Coach) and Simon Amor (England Sevens Coach). While the sessions may look very different in terms of the tasks asked of the players or the performance level in the session’s one thing that remains constant in all those environments is the importance of the relationship between the players and the coaches.

Of course, during the sessions, the elite coach may give instruction or feedback in a different way to the volunteer mum or dad due to the nature of performance v development and enjoyment. Still, I’m talking about the other parts of the session, the part when players are waiting for the session to start and maybe passing or kicking a ball, the drinks breaks after the session or simply just walking off the pitch.  What is evident here is this is when the coaches seem to have the best interactions with players because often the player responds to feeling that the coach cares about them.  Observing a recent England training session ahead of the World Cup warm-up game against Wales at Twickenham I all the England coaches sat around with either individual or small groups of players for approximately 25 minutes after the session. These discussions ranged from technical or tactical elements of the session or just how they were feeling. Liken this to a rugby club on a Sunday morning when after the game the coaches are often seen moving around the groups of players tucking into their custom snack after the game giving them feedback on the day or asking the player the plans for the rest of the day.

As time becomes more and more precious for everyone, it is essential we make use of these times as coaches to interact with the players and develop their personal and social skills.

As communication between individuals, moves to digital platforms coaching needs to move from not just being the 45-90-minute session but off the field to in the clubhouse or walking to and from.

The value of personal interactions as a coach has never been greater and often create memorable moments for players which they value way beyond that moment. Coaches have a huge role to play in developing not just the player in front of them, but the whole person and conversations and interactions go a long way in improving those personal and social skills.

Only a small percentage of Coaches will have the opportunity to coach a world-class rugby player, but every coach has the opportunity to help develop a world-class person.


The Sport Waconian Way

This term we unveiled our new Sport Waconian Way into our PE and Sport areas around Cheadle Hulme School.


Our Waconian Values for Sport

To work alongside our Cheadle Hulme School Waconian Way, the Sport Waconian Way shows how our students engage and develop in the PE and Sports at Cheadle Hulme School. It also exhibits our culture and environment that we show in and around Sports, showing the importance of values in all aspects of PE and School Sport.

Why do we need The Sport Wacanion Way?

It is a research-driven implementation that allows our pupils to thrive in the best environment, understanding how PE and School Sport at Cheadle Hulme School isn’t just based around being the most skilful or athlete, but now becoming a holistic student-athlete can foster all to exceed their full sporting potential.

Where will I see it?

You will be able to see the posters around all sports facilities, but you should be able to view our students exhibiting the Sport Waconian Way anytime they are involved in PE and Sport at Cheadle Hulme School.

Half term one fixtures played by CHS Students – 217