Our sports programme is designed to enable pupils to lead a healthy, active lifestyle – and to understand why this matters. The benefits are physical, social and emotional: we see this aspect of our programme as central to our students' well-being.
Duke of Kent School offers some wonderful sporting facilities. These include a floodlit all weather pitch, fantastic sports hall, an indoor swimming pool, netball courts, 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 or experiencing a sport for the first time, PE staff and coaches encourage and support all students from Reception to Year 11 to develop and improve.
All pupils from Years 2-11 have the opportunity throughout the year to represent 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, football, cricket and rounders. Alongside these main sports, pupils are given the opportunity to develop and compete in a wide range of other activities including swimming, basketball, cross-country, tennis, athletics, dance, gymnastics and badminton.
Duke of Kent School gives pupils the chance to succeed in many areas and this has helped pupils to progress to county and national levels in a whole range of activities. Pupils regularly take part in ISA Regional and National events and talented athletes are also given the opportunity to compete in district competitions.
Physical Education GCSE is taught as an option subject, enabling girls and boys to develop their practical performance and theoretical understanding.
We run an exciting Sports Scholarship programme at Duke of Kent School. Pupils are awarded a Sports Scholarship on the basis of sporting excellence and promise in two or more sports. The programme involves providing further opportunities to stretch and challenge our most able sportsmen and women. Some examples of the extra activities that we offer within our Sports Scholarship programme include nutrition seminars, inspirational talks from professional sportsmen and women, extra coaching sessions in specific sports, the creation and monitoring of individual fitness programmes and trip opportunities.
Mr G Herbert - Head of Physical Education