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There is much more to the education of our pupils at Ermysted’s than simply what happens in the classroom during lessons. Pupils are encouraged to become involved in the wider life of the school, and to take part in the many activities which run before school, at lunch times and after school as part of a vibrant enrichment programme. The school is very proud of the sporting achievement of our pupils, both within school; with recent successes of teams such as the Key Stage 4 badminton team reaching the national finals or the senior cross country team being selected to represent England in the ISF World School Cross Country Championship in Slovakia or outside of school, with pupils being selected for the national squad in fencing or representing Yorkshire and England in rugby.

The school is committed to continuously extending and improving our extra curricular provision, with the recent addition of Cross Fit, Ultimate Frisbee and table tennis to extra curricular programme of sessions, the investment into our facilities; such as the resurfacing of our tennis courts and sports hall and the exploration of new projects; such as the extending our climbing facilities and seeking approval to improve our outdoor facilities, all contribute to an exciting element of school life at Ermysted’s where every pupil is made to feel welcome.


The rugby provision at Ermysted’s includes teams from Year 7 – 1st XV level. Pupils are invited to attend sessions after school where they will develop their rugby skills and knowledge through fun practices and conditioned games. Teams are entered into cup competitions each year which include the White Rose Festivals, Yorkshire Cup and National School Cup/Vase, in addition to a programme of regular fixtures against local schools.


Football has always been popular at Ermysted’s, with an increasing demand for competitive teams in each year group. In response, pupils are invited to attend after school sessions where they will develop their footballing skills and knowledge through fun practices and conditioned games. Teams are entered into cup competitions each year, in addition to local tournaments.


Recreational badminton with a focus on exercise, enjoyment, and healthy competition. This is offered to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils at a lunchtime, with a focus on playing competitive matches against your peers. Inter school competitions are available for those who would like to play at the next level, with Ermysted’s reaching the national finals in 2019/20 season.

Table Tennis

Recreational table tennis with a focus on learning new skills through practicing some new and exciting drills using our extensive table tennis provision. This is offered to Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils at a lunchtime when pupils will enjoy playing lots of fun games and participating in intra-school competitions.


Our superb newly resurface indoor court is the perfect place to enjoy specialist training, pick up new tips and hone your skills in team game that provides excitement for both participants and spectators alike. All are welcome to the sessions that are run for each key stage team.


With qualified staff, access to crags around school, and an indoor climbing wall, with plans to extend the climbing provision within school, Ermysted’s is the perfect location for climbers of all levels. At Key Stage 3, sessions are aimed at pupils who have very little or no climbing experience and would like to develop new and exciting skills that they can use for the rest of their lives.

Gym/ Cross Fit

Improve your performance in any sport through a combination of strength training, aerobic conditioning and functional movement. The school gym is opened daily for students in the sixth form and the exciting introduction of Cross Fit sessions has introduced the element of competition to this important component of our extra-curricular provision.


Tennis has always been part of the curriculum at KS4 and 5, as we have been able to access the local tennis club, but with the tennis courts being resurfaced at school, recreational tennis sessions are starting for KS3. Pupils will enjoy playing lots of fun games and participating in intra-school competitions, with the hope of strengthening our links with Skipton Tennis Club in the future.


Pupils are taught and coached across the full range of Athletic events and compete in local, regional and national athletics meetings. Athletes who demonstrate an ability in a discipline often represent North Yorkshire and Yorkshire in National Events.


Sixth Form students enjoy access to our local golf course on Wednesday afternoon to hone their golf skills and play varying formats of golf. Each year Ermysted’s host both the Skipton Schools Open, which is a inter school competition and the Ermysted’s Open with is a competition for the students of the school. We also enter regional and national tournaments and play regular fixtures against local schools.


Cricket, as one of the oldest forms of sport here at Ermysted’s, has always been a popular choice of sport in our history and remains popular to this day. As a summer sport, cricket is played during our Summer Term, with cricket teams playing a number of matches throughout the cricket season, facing opponents in the local area and competing in the Yorkshire Cup in each year group. These competitive matches are not the only matches our cricket teams take on, they also have the opportunity to enjoy games against the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) and the Forty Club hosted at the idyllic Bolton Abbey CC ground.

Ultimate Frisbee

Ultimate Frisbee is fast-paced, strategic and lends itself to the development of knowledge and understanding of any invasion game. Pupils are taught the basic skills through full drills and mini games. This club has proven very popular in the past and continues to bring pupils of all ages and abilities together.