We aim to offer a diverse and inclusive programme of activities in which every pupil participates. In addition to being inclusive, we aspire to the highest level of elite performance in our major games.
The activities on offer are designed to be enjoyable and to challenge pupils’ physical abilities. We also aim to provide as many as possible with the opportunity to represent the school.
Staff and facilities
In addition to the eight specialist staff, the department is supported by over twenty academic staff and sports coaches who run and coach school teams.
The school benefits from excellent sports facilities, including extensive grassed areas on site and at Dialstone Lane.
The school also boasts a fully equipped gymnasium, two squash courts, a 25m swimming pool, five netball courts (seven tennis courts in summer), one all-weather pitch (eight tennis courts in summer), four artificial cricket nets, and fitness room including a nine station multi-gym.
In addition, the purpose-built sports centre contains a sports hall with climbing wall and extensive changing areas.
Subject time per 10-day cycle
- First Year – two lessons of gymnasium-based physical education, two lessons of games and one lesson of swimming
- Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Year – two lessons of physical education and two lessons of games
- Sixth Form – team players have four games lessons while others participate in recreational sporting activities for two lessons
Activities during lessons
The main winter games for boys are rugby and football and for girls are hockey and netball.
In the summer, boys concentrate on cricket and athletics, whilst the girls focus their attention on tennis, athletics and rounders.
In Second Year games, all pupils will have climbing taster sessions scheduled during the year.
The physical education curriculum is diverse with activities including ball skills, basketball, dance, football, gymnastics, health-related fitness (including fitness testing), hockey, invasion games, racket sports and volleyball.
Physical education further up the school
GCSE physical education is a two-year course which is designed to give a broad outline of the theoretical and practical aspects of physical education.
The AQA specification follows on from the key stage three programme by providing students with exciting opportunities to lead a healthy and active lifestyle by choosing from a variety of roles and activities in which to participate in physical activity.
The content of the GCSE physical education course also provides a route to further study at A-level and to higher education in PE as well as to related career opportunities.
Topics covered in the theoretical examination are:
- fitness capabilities
- specific exercise and training programmes
- school influences
- healthy eating
- cultural and social factors
- the media
- health and safety
For the practical side of the course each pupil is taken through the individual skills and game play for each of their chosen activities. They are also taught how to analyse their own performance as well as the performance of others in order to improve their techniques. The course no longer has any coursework assignment. The course is very popular, but as 60% of the course is practically based it must be stressed that candidates must possess a high level of sporting ability in a range of different activities.
We follow the OCR syllabus for A-level physical education. Physical education at advanced level will allow pupils to incorporate a broad base of academic study with an appreciation of how theory can be applied to practical situations.
The A-level topics include:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Acquiring Movement Skills
- Socio-Cultural Studies Relating to Participation in Physical Activity
- Historical studies
- Sports Psychology
- Exercise and Sport Physiology
There is a comprehensive extracurricular programme including:
The school fields a large number of teams.
Sports represented are girls’ hockey, netball and tennis and boys’ football, rugby, basketball and cricket. Both boys and girls can take part in school teams for cross-country, swimming and athletics.
All of these play on a regular basis (both Saturdays and midweek), and up to 350 pupils represent the school on a Saturday. The school teams have an excellent reputation, gaining success in regional and national competitions. Individuals frequently gain representative honours with both county and national teams.
The inter-house sports competition has a central role within the school. It incorporates a total of 20 activities, from rugby to chess, and provides a very important level of competitive, representative experience for large numbers of pupils.
Clubs are organised in an increasing number of activities. These include dance, fitness, climbing, basketball, squash, leisure swimming, gymnastics, ultimate frisbee, badminton and kayaking. These activities are not concerned with producing school teams as such, but rather to encourage widespread participation and enjoyment.
School team tours
Recent school sports tours have included:
- Australia (cricket)
- Ireland (rugby and cricket)
- Holland (hockey)
- Malta (cricket and netball)
- South Africa (rugby)
- Canada (rugby)
- Italy (netball and rugby)
- Portugal (rugby)
- Spain (hockey)
- Sri Lanka (cricket)
- Switzerland (netball)