Outdoor Play is Key to Success at Eaton House Belgravia

Posted: 26th February 2024

While parents may be aware of the academic credentials of Eaton House Belgravia School for boys aged 2-11, they may not be quite so aware of the emphasis on high level sport and outdoor play at the school. The boys work hard in the mornings and early afternoons and then let off steam and bond later in the day with a full range of team sports, including tag rugby, football and cricket. This is all part of the ‘golden childhood that Belgravia boys need and deserve,’ says Headmaster Mr Ross Montague.

‘We want our boys to develop a winning mentality, to understand the importance of effort in tiny, incremental improvements that soon add up to big wins,’ he says. ‘Grit, team spirit, confidence, positivity, leadership, exploration and determination to try to finish first – these are all the positive benefits that sport can give.’

Optimal health and a love of sport go ‘hand-in-hand’ with Eaton House Belgravia’s school curriculum, which ‘now starts from age 2’ he says, adding that ‘the best training is important when the boys go off to senior schools and trial for the top teams.’

All the EHB boys enjoy sport and outdoor time and a typical week will contain a half an hour in the gym from Nursery age. From Reception to Year 6 all classes adore Games sessions played twice a week in Battersea Park or Nine Elms. In addition, there are park runs to Battersea Park at lunchtimes on non-games days, from Reception to Year 6.

The Nursery pupils go to Eaton House The Manor once a week and experience daily play, either in the Eaton House Belgravia special ‘Sensory Room’ or on the rear terraces of the school.

One of the special treats for Nursery to Year 2 is a once-a-week visit to Outdoor Learning School in Belgrave Square. This specially designated area is home to a fox den, beehive and bug hotel. The boys don wellies and outdoor gear and spray the plants with water, dig in the mud and enjoy finding and examining bugs.

In this way, the boys have the best of all worlds. In 2023, 18 of the cohort of 33 boy achieved offers to Westminster, St Paul’s and King’s College, Wimbledon and all the boys received offers to a range of top schools.

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