"Pupils' physical development is excellent. With a focus on personal targets and fulfilling one's potential embedded in the school's aims and ethos, pupils of all ages participate successfully in a wide range of sporting and outdoor activities." ISI Inspection, January 2017
Our Sport programme is designed to enable pupils to lead a healthy, active lifestyle – and to understand why this matters. The benefits are physical, social and intellectual: we see this aspect of our programme as central to our students' well-being. Through participation in sport pupils learn what it means to test themselves, to manage success and failure and to work in, and lead, teams. These experiences shape the kind of adults they will become.
All our facilities are available to all Seniors: swimming pool, personal fitness suite, tennis courts, wonderfully kept grounds and pitches. Sport is available at all levels and the focus is on improving on personal best. Whether a pupil is an elite player, learning to coach other players, or just enjoys getting stuck in, experienced staff and coaches encourage and support all students to improve skills, strategy and technique.
Most pupils have the experience of being selected for School teams and all have the chance to represent their house in inter-house matches. We take great pride in our students being good sportsmen and women: fair play is expected and actively taught.
The principal sports for boys are football, rugby, hockey and cricket. The girls compete in netball, hockey and rounders. Alongside these main sports, pupils are given the opportunity to develop and compete in a wide range of sports including swimming, cross-country, tennis, athletics and golf.
Duke of Kent School gives pupils the chance to succeed in many areas and this has helped pupils to progress to county and even national levels in a whole range of activities.
Physical Education GCSE is taught as an option subject, enabling girls and boys to develop their practical performance and theoretical
understanding and also giving opportunities for pupils to become coaches and
officials in a number of sports.