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High Performance Programme: Sport

The High Performance Programme in Sport enables pupils to exceed their holistic potential in Sport and PE.

A tailored programme for each pupil provides additional developmental opportunities across a number of areas of elite sport.  Mentorship is a vital part of the HPP programme and through our partnerships with Salford University and Staffordshire University, our pupils will work with Academic Sport Science Specialists to receive workshops, and resources. Areas covered are:-

  • Skill Acquisition

  • Nutrition

  • Rehab

  • Sports Psychology 

  • Biomechanics

  • Anatomy + Physiology

  • Career opportunities 

For 2020 / 21, the programmes will work with Undergraduate and Masters students to support pupils' development. 

Application Criteria and Process

We look for outstanding athletes who are playing above their peer group in at least one of their chosen disciplines. Please read our FAQs below for more guidance on eligibility criteria. 

If you wish your child to be considered for a place on the High Performance Programme for Sport, please complete the Sport HPP Application Form by 5pm on Friday 11th December 2020. Should they fulfil the criteria, they will be invited to an assessment date in the Spring Term (date TBC).

For an informal discussion about the programme, please contact Andrew Groves, Head of Elite Sport andrewgroves@chschool.co.uk 

Eligibility criteria: FAQs

  • How many pupils do you accept on the HPP programme?

We typically accept between 10 – 12 pupils on to the HPP programme in Year 7.

  • At what level of sport does my child need to be playing at to apply?

Most pupils who are successful in gaining a place on the HPP, compete at a representative level or perform at a standard well above their peer group. For example, a footballer may be playing at an Academy, a netballer who outperforms their peer group consistently or a dancer who may compete nationally.

  • What does the assessment day look like?

The children select two sports they would like to be assessed in from cricket, football, hockey, netball, rugby and swimming (please note pupils must swim at club level). We review athletic potential through a series of tests (e.g. squat, broad jump, row). Additionally we assess characteristics such as team work, leadership and resilience through a range of exercises. 

  • What if my child’s chosen sport is not assessed on the day?

As well as observing skill proficiency we are also looking at a pupil’s athletic ability and the level of effectiveness and efficiency they show when moving. In addition, we are also looking at how they demonstrate our Waconian Values, particularly resilience and integrity, and how they transfer them to sport. 

  • Are there further opportunities to join the HPP Sport programme?

We recognise that young people develop at different rates and we therefore continue to assess all pupils in sport. Those who consistently outperform their peers throughout their time at CHS will be considered for the High Performance Programme. We will take into account how a pupil performs in sport both in and out of School. 

  • If my child is successful, how will they manage their commitments to external clubs and to the School’s teams? 

Developing a positive relationship with the child, family and external clubs are key to the child's progress and well being. Although we expect students to represent the School when selected, this is done through the collaboration of all parties.

  • Is there a fee remission if you gain a place on the HPP?

There is no fee remission for the HPP.