The Wider Curriculum

Sport at Harrow Shanghai

Sport and Physical Education (PE) at Harrow Shanghai follows a three branch model of Participation, Competition and Excellence.

All pupils in Years 1 to 9 have timetabled lessons of PE with a specialist PE teacher. The curriculum within these lessons is extremely wide and varied, but focuses on expanding the pupils’ basic sporting skills and coordination, while introducing them to a wide variety of activities and giving them the fundamentals to be able to participate in sport way beyond their time at Harrow. In addition, pupils in Years 1 to 6 have a dedicated swimming lesson on their timetable. All lessons have a long-term goal of promoting and fostering a life-long love of sport and exercise.

As well as curriculum PE, here at Harrow we are proud to be able to offer the study of PE GCSE and A level. This examinable, in-depth and more academic study of sports and exercise, gives our pupils the qualifications, skills and knowledge to go on and access sports-related degree courses at top universities around the world.

All pupils in Years 1 to 12 have two, 75 minute dedicated sports specific training sessions on their timetable every week. These are part of our Leadership and Service (LAS) programme. LAS Sport happens from 3.00pm to 4.15pm on Monday and Wednesday for Years 1 to 4 and on Tuesday and Thursday for Years 5 to 12. The LAS sport sessions closely resemble what is more traditionally known as a ‘games’ session in leading UK independent schools, such as Harrow UK. LAS sport sessions are the first opportunity to gain a more dedicated and sports specific training session in a particular sport with a view to that training leading towards competitive fixtures in either inter-house competitions or against other schools both locally and internationally. Please see the table below which gives information on what sports are planned over the coming year.

The LAS Sport Programme forms the basis of our sport training and squad training to allow pupils to be selected to perform and compete for the school. This also can entail expected regular participation in Saturday and midweek fixtures, tournaments and/or training.

As well as the LAS Sport programme after school, the LAS lunchtime programme offers our pupils the opportunity to access a greater range of competitive sport. These sports and training sessions are on offer at lunch times from 12:20pm to 1:05pm (except swimming squad sessions which run from 11:50am to 12:40pm).

The sports on offer at lunchtimes include:



Table Tennis

Competitive Swimming




(* paid for as part of ESP)

(Please note that not all sports run all year round)

As well as PE lessons and LAS Sport, both after school and during lunchtimes, the Sport and Physical Education department is proud to be able to offer the Elite Sport Programme (ESP), as part of Harrow Plus.  This runs most evenings during the week and during some lunchtimes. The fundamental approach behind the ESP is to be able to offer our pupils and the local community a place to access high level and specific sports coaching with a view to these young sportsmen and women developing their skills and coaching to an elite level of performance. The ESP is a paid-for activity and is run in conjunction with various highly professional, experienced and superior sports coaching organisations, as well as utilising some of the professional coaching skills of are staff here at Harrow.