Sport & PE

Our federation is rich in sporting tradition and encourages the children to participate in all sports.

Both St Cuthbert’s and Fountains Earth have been awarded the Gold School Games Award.

These awards recognise our participation in competitive sporting events through the Harrogate Sports Parnership, the intra school competitions, the range of after school clubs we offer and the way in which physical education is taught in school.

Physical Education

Physical Education takes place twice a week and all children participate in a variety of indoor and outdoor sports.  Both schools have large sports fields where a variety of sport such as the annual sports day, rounders, athletics, running and much more takes place. There is a sports specialist teacher in both schools. 


The importance of being able to swim ensure that’s the children become competent, confident swimmers with a strong desire to continue swimming and maintain a healthy life-style in later life. 100% of our Year 6 across the federation meet the national curriculum requirement to swim competently, confidently and proficiently over a distance of at least 25 metres, using a range of strokes effectively and perform safe self-rescue in different water-based situations. Children of all ages across the federation have the opportunity to swim over the course of the academic year becoming water confident at a young age and far exceeding the national curriculum requirements.

Inter-schools Swimming Gala October 2019

Inter-schools Swimming Gala October 2019  Inter-schools Swimming Gala October 2019

Both schools have had recent success at the Simon Goldsborough Foundation Inter-Schools Swimming Gala, finishing in second and third place and are now through to the District Final.

Extra-curricular sports clubs

The children have the opportunity to take part in a wider selection of sports, outside the curriculum, provided by specialist trained teachers and coaches throughout the week.  Sports clubs are hosted in both schools and can be accessed from children at either school.

Rugby Club 2020

In Spring Term 2 2020, KS2 children have the opportunity to learn rugby skills in an after-school club led by Richard Light and Mr Verity. 

Fitness Club 2020

In Spring Term 2 2020, KS2 children have the opportunity to explore what fitness means to them and how to keep themselves healthy. This will include what a healthy body and mind looks like.

Zumba Dance Club 2019

KS2 children enjoyed taking part in Zumba Dance Club in Autumn Term 2 2019. Here are some quotes from the children explaining what they enjoyed. 

"Its a type of dance but also a bit like aerobics." Lauren
"It is very fun and  I love it because we have a good laugh." Emma
"It's very energetic and fun." Jessica
" It is amazing and fun and good for your mind." Ala


Children take part in a variety of competitions in school within the Harrogate partnership throughout the year. Our children participate as separate schools and increasingly as a Federation team. For more information about the Harrogate Sports Partnership.

Inter-Schools Competition Success 2019/20

  • Year 5/6 Athletics - First St Cuthbert's, Second Fountains Earth
  • Nidderdale Schools Swimming Gala - Second St Cuthbert's, Third Fountains Earth
  • Harrogate Schools Swimming Gala - Fourth St Cuthbert's
  • Year 3/4 Athletics - First St Cuthbert's
  • Year 5/6 Orienteering
  • Year 3/4 Tri-Golf
  • Year 3/4 Mini Red Tennis
  • Year 5/6 Kwik Cricket
  • Year 1/2 Infant Agility Athletics
  • Year 5/6 Rounders
  • KS2 Summer Athletics

Inter-Schools Festivals 2019/20

As part of the Harrogate Schools Sports Partnership, we take part in lots of Change4Life events and sports festivals. These events provide opportunities to take part in sports based activities without the focus being on competition. Instead, the focus is on providing positive experiences within sport to promote a life long love of sport and physical activity.

  • Year 5/6 Tag Rugby Festival
  • Year 3/4 Change4Life Adventure
  • Year 3/4 Change4Life Target

Intra-School Competition 2019/20

Coming soon!

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