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Swanbourne House School


The Swanbourne Spirit: evolving sport at the historic Buckinghamshire School


Te sporting ethos and philosophy at Swanbourne House School, an independent day and boarding school just 20 minutes from central Milton Keynes, is clear. “Perseverance in sport is key – and we teach that to all our pupils” said


Mr Paul Burton-Pye Swanbourne House School


Mr Paul Burton-Pye, Director of Sport at Swanbourne House. “Persevering, as both an individual and as part of a team, is what drives both personal and sporting success. Te exposure we can give to such a wide range of sports and activities means each child can discover their physical strengths and talents, whilst developing mental and physical resilience.” Mr Burton-Pye joined Swanbourne House in September last year,


and has been hard at work in taking steps to drive forward sporting ex- cellence at the school. Mr Burton-Pye has 25 years’ teaching experience and achieved a number of nationally recognised coaching badges. He has played numerous sports at different levels and his current passion is ultra-marathons and Ironman. “I believe in a positive, dynamic and energetic approach to the


teaching of sport at Swanbourne. We’re creating a stimulating learn- ing environment that celebrates the achievements of every individual and enables them to reach their full potential in all aspects of their


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development. We have a competitive approach but it’s not a ‘win at all cost’ mentality, my approach is this - if you’re more skilful than your opponents, you should win, if you’re fitter than your opponents, you should win. “If we don’t win we congratulate the other


team, we’re gracious in defeat. We go away, reflect, improve and come back stronger and hungrier - winning and losing are life skills and we teach our students how to deal with both equally.” Te facilities at the school, nestled in 55 acres


of Buckinghamshire countryside, include a cricket pitch with pavilion, a 20m indoor pool, all-weather tennis and netball courts, astro-turf hockey pitches, a dance and gymnastics studio, football pitches, in- door basketball courts, indoor and outdoor cricket nets, a rugby pitch and a six-hole golf course. The extensive sporting facilities are compli-


mented by a talented and experienced Sports Department that takes in both permanent full-time teachers and professional coaches that come in to teach specific sports. Tere are external coaches for rugby, netball, cricket, football and hockey in lessons, and opportunities for specialist additional coaching in tennis, golf, swimming, fencing amongst others in clubs and enrichment programmes. Te sporting calendar is traditional in terms of


summer and winter sports, however with the facil- ities and coaching opportunities available, most sports are played in some capacity all year round – not just in their traditional season. “Te main summer sport is cricket but we have


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