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Physical Education

The Physical Education Department strive to encourage students to develop a love of sport and exercise in a fun and challenging environment.  Our ambition is that all students will leave school with the knowledge and tools to live a healthy and active lifestyle.

We offer a broad yet balanced curriculum that caters for the needs of a very wide variety of students.  The curriculum is planned to ensure that there is progression across each of the Key Stages.  Throughout Key Stage 3 students develop skills in a variety of settings alongside the development of an increasingly complex understanding of tactics and strategies.  As students progress through Key Stage 4 and 5, they are given increasing independence to choose a programme of activity that suits their needs.  Competition is a strong element in all Physical Education lessons.

The Physical Education Department offers an extensive co-curricular programme that is run at lunchtime and after school.  Students have the freedom to participate in activities that they enjoy through our recreational clubs and leagues.  We also strive for excellence in team and individual sports through our ever-expanding fixture list.  We enter a variety of local and national competitions in which we achieve regular success.  A large number of our students go on to achieve representative honours in a wide variety of activities.  We also have a few students performing at national level.

GCSE and AS/A2 Level Physical Education is offered to all students as an option. 


The PE Department runs a comprehensive programme of fixtures for all year groups against local schools across the county.  Students take great pride in representing the school at fixtures and competitions.  There is a very competitive spirit in all our fixtures.  In Terms 1 to 4, netball and hockey are the major games with a number of fixtures in badminton alongside cross-country competitions.  Terms 5 and 6 have a very traditional focus with matches in rounders, tennis and athletics.  Fixtures occur after school with some competitions being held on Saturdays.  The school regularly enters national competitions in netball, hockey, badminton, cross-country, tennis and athletics.  In recent years the department had expanded the number of competitive sports played to coincide with the Sainsbury’s School Games.  The school has been very successful in this competition.  The school has enjoyed success at county and regional level in a wide variety of activities.

Sixth Form sport has developed over the last few years.  We now have an established programme of rugby and football fixtures for the boys against local schools.  We run three girls netball teams. who like the boys, play regularly against local schools.

We also hold an Annual Sports’ Presentation Evening to celebrate the success of different teams and also to award our Junior and Senior Sports’ Personality of the Year and Team of the Year.  This is a fantastic evening where we celebrate the achievements of our very talented students.