How Holy Cross Preparatory School are helping children thrive through sport

One flood-lit artificial turf hockey pitch

One artificial grass pitch

Perimeter fencing and floodlighting systems

Sports Pavilion

Cross-country run around the facilities boundary

In June 2019 S&C Slatter completed the construction of a £1.3million sports facilities investment project at Holy Cross Preparatory School.

Utilising free space for sports facilities and disabled access

The facility brings a large under-utilised area, estimated at one-third of the school footprint, into everyday use,“the building and the pitches represent a quality addition to the facilities at Holy Cross Prep School.”

Significant design and groundworks were undertaken to improve the drainage of the site providing a stabilisation platform and drainage carpet under the new surfaces. Another notable feature of the project was seizing the opportunity to improve disability access from the main school hall to the new sports facilities with a new disability compliant path.

Benefitting both students and the wider community

The School has a ‘sport for all with excellence’ policy. Core curriculum sports include hockey, netball, cricket, athletics, dance, gymnastics and cross-country.

“Sporting activities are now truly extended with numerous opportunities before, during and after school as well as at break time and lunchtime. Participation rates are high and pupils are very involved in sport in the local and wider community.”

The school, with its exceptional sporting facilities for a prep school in the area now hosts numerous fixtures across the sporting calendar and actively participates in both prep and maintained-sector events. All girls in years 3 to 6 have the opportunity to represent their school in a sports team.

Holy Cross Preparatory’s school partnership seeks to widen access to their education resources, by bringing independent and state school communities together in a mutually beneficial way. Since Sept 2016, the school has had an official partnership with two local state schools.


One flood-lit artificial turf hockey pitch

One artificial grass pitch recreational area

4x retractable floodlights with 2m-8m height range

Sports Pavilion consisting of a WC provision; small kitchenette; internal storage; main area of approximately 84m2; and a veranda / viewing platform

Cross-country run around the facilities boundary

The partnership proved to be a successful venture from the design stage to completion, S&C Slatter were extremely accommodating to the changing and increasing design of the facilities.

Russell Hanna – Bursar, Holy Cross Preparatory School

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