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School is best for girls’ sport in the UK

Aylesbury High School is named best girls school for sports - pictured is head teacher Alan Rosen

Aylesbury High School is named best girls school for sports - pictured is head teacher Alan Rosen

Aylesbury High School is the best for girls’ sport in the UK, according to a magazine league table.

School Sport Magazine crowned the Walton Road school as the best for girls but also the 11th overall and top in Bucks.

And long-standing headteacher Alan Rosen hopes the new accolade will attract more talented girls.

He said: “The PE staff are thrilled. It gets our name noticed in the right way and we would welcome more sports stars - we hope we can give them the challenge they need.

“It highlights the success of the PE department in normal lessons, which our girls enjoy.”

Mr Rosen, who is in his 19th year at the school and ninth as head, said the high standards are not just down to talent.

He said: “We cannot deny that we have some very strong sports people but what also really comes across is their teamwork.

“They play as a team and seem to have all gelled really well.”

The selective girls school has enjoyed recent success including its U14 netball side winning the national championships and the junior badminton team triumphing at a regional competition.

Strong showings in swimming, athletics and even skiing has also led to the magazine recognition.

But Mr Rosen said it is not just playing sport which has captured the interests of the girls, aged 11-18.

“They’ve been taking on other roles such as Sports Leaders. It tends to be available for the Sixth Form but it’s quite unusual to be done in the main part of the school like we do,” he said.

The head believes the school can help keep a typically challenging demographic interested in sport.

“I think we have a lot to offer the elite but also those who are not so keen on sport, may well surprise themselves!”

 

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