Sport and riding
Knighton’s gymnastics coach takes all Orchard classes once a week, introducing the children to floor skills, small and large apparatus and rebound equipment. Swimming is taught weekly at Blandford Pool by Orchard staff and the pool’s own instructors.

From Nursery and Reception the children begin do learn a variety sports skills including ball skills, introducing tag rugby skills and batting skills.

In Year 2 children are ready to start riding on Knighton’s famous ponies. Our highly experienced riding staff gives lessons in small groups in the school’s purpose-built arena or hacking out through the valleys around the school.Each Michaelmas term an Orchard gymkhana includes a coveted prize for the best decorated hat.

Reception, Years 1 and 2 can sign up for various additional sports clubs including hockey and tennis.

In Reception and Years 1 and 2 ballet can be taken as an optional extra, with Knighton’s visiting ballet mistress.