The aim of the Physical Education programme is to make all pupils aware of the importance of leading an active and healthy lifestyle. The programme also focuses on making pupils more athletic, giving them the fundamental movement skills required for the major games they participate in when representing the schools’ sports teams.
Pupils participate in a broad range of activities in their Physical Education lessons. Year 7, 8 and 9 pupils are allocated a one-hour lesson every week, whilst Years 10 and 11 participate in one hour every fortnight. These lessons are the perfect introduction to the GCSE PE course that is offered in Year 10 and many of our successful candidates go on to study A level PE in the sixth form. GCSE is a popular option subject, and it is the intention to aim for two groups each year.
PE activities include: Health Related Exercise, Gymnastics, Dance, Circuit Training, Cross Country, Racket Sports, Swimming and Athletics.
We have a full range of modern sports facilities including: a newly resurfaced full-size Astroturf, seven-a-side Astro at the Prep School, outdoor netball and tennis courts, large sports hall with provision for 4 badminton courts, five indoor cricket nets, an indoor netball court, an indoor tennis court, indoor hockey court with new side boards, squash court and a fully equipped fitness studio with a small classroom attached.
The extensive playing fields feature five rugby pitches, two football pitches and six rounders pitches as well a grass cricket square. There is also an artificial cricket pitch, a 400m grass athletics track, long and triple jump pits, throwing areas and high jump bed. We also have a 20-yard outdoor swimming pool.
Level 3 Extended Certificate: Cambridge Technical
A level pupils participate in a trip to Bath University for physiological testing. pupils also visit Bath Rugby training facilities and engage in lectures on professional sport, nutrition, health and fitness and sport psychology.
Pupils are encouraged to train and play for local clubs (where commitments allow) to develop their understanding of the major games. Opportunities to develop their coaching are also provided with leaders courses and coaching courses available in a number of sports.