PE is a fundamental and compulsory part of the curriculum for all years in the school.

In the Winter and Spring terms, the lessons include ball skills, netball, hockey, lacrosse, cross country, orienteering, gymnastics and country dancing.

In the Summer term lessons include athletics, tennis, rounders and swimming in the school outdoor pool.

Throughout the year, classes from Form II upwards have one term of swimming at Harpenden Pool, whilst Reception and Form I share half a term each.

Additionally throughout the year, Form VI have Taster Lessons in non-curricular sports. These occur once in each half term and have included such activities as rock climbing, yoga and golf.

During the Spring Term, Form IV are invited to Princess Helena College near Hitchin for trampoline lessons. The class works on two interweave beds with two qualified trampoline coaches.

Extra-Curricular Clubs


Netball clubs are held after school for Form VI on Tuesdays, Form V on Wednesdays and Form IV on Thursdays. There are two netball teams in both Forms V and VI who play matches against both independent and state schools, and Form VI play in the District netball tournament and League.

Cross Country

St Hilda’s has cross country teams in Forms IV, V and VI, who compete in both state and independent school competitions. The teams in Forms V and VI run in the District Championships in October, and the teams in Forms IV and VI in the ISA Championships in Bedford in February. Top 10 finishers in this event go on to run in the ISA Nationals in Coventry in March.

Both the Form V and VI teams run in the Princess Helena Invitational in September.


Girls in Forms IV, V and VI are invited to run in the Herts Youth Orienteering League once a month on Saturday mornings in a variety of Hertfordshire locations. This league runs from October to April.


There is a football club on Wednesdays after school, taken by an outside coach. This is offered to girls in Forms III and IV.


Judo Club is offered to girls from Form II upwards. A professional Judo coach leads the club on a Tuesday after school in the Hall between 4.00 and 5.00pm.


St. Hilda’s has athletic teams from Form III upwards. The teams in Forms IV, V and VI compete in the ISA London North Championships in Bedford, in May. Winners of this event compete in the ISA National Championships in Birmingham in June.  All athletic teams compete in the District Championships in Harpenden in early July.

All pupils in Forms II to VI are able to attend athletics club on Tuesdays after school in the Summer term.


Tennis coaching is offered to the top two years as an optional extra during the Summer term. This takes place on Monday and Tuesday after school and is taken by a coach from Harpenden Tennis Club.


In addition to the curricular swimming lessons, able club swimmers are entered for selection to the District swimming team.

Country Dancing

As an addition to the curricular lessons, girls in Forms I upwards are able to attend the Country Dancing Club on Wednesdays at break time.

Modern Dance

Dance Club is on a Monday between 3.00 and 5.00pm and is open to all girls from Reception to Form VI.  Two dance teachers lead the activity which is split into four group.  Reception – 3.00 – 3.30pm, Form I – 3.30 – 4.00pm, Forms II and II – 4.00 – 4.30pm and Forms IV, V and VI – 4.30 – 5.00pm.