All senior pupils have a session of Physical Education taught by specialist Sports teachers. The emphasis is on improving physical fitness and the development of skills. We want students to develop their ability to engage independently and successfully in different types of physical activity. Understanding the physiology, psychology and strategy of physical activity can enhance enjoyment as well as achievement. Physical Education sessions develop and maintain pupils' involvement in physical activity as part of a healthy, active lifestyle.
We offer very good facilities for PE, including well kept grounds and pitches in a stunning setting, a sports hall, swimming pool and personal fitness suite. iPads are used widely in the Games Department with apps such as Coach's Eye allowing split-second analysis of action to enhance performance.
Physical Education sessions help pupils prepare for inter-house and inter-school matches. We maintain a busy calendar of fixtures in a wide variety of sports.
In addition to the standard PE lessons taught in the Senior School, students may opt for Physical Education GCSE. Learners develop their practical performance and theoretical understanding and also have opportunities to become coaches and officials in a number of sports. Students become increasingly physically competent through being actively engaged in a range of physical activities and become increasingly effective in their performance.
The study of Physical Education at this level encourages creativity and decision-making skills, enabling students to plan effectively for performances. Confidence and resilience grow as learners work collaboratively with others and respond to changing situations. Opportunities to mentor and coach younger pupils can fulfil the Service section of the Duke of Edinburgh Award and develop important leadership skills.
PE GCSE students and Sports Scholars play a leading role in the life of the Games Department. The highlights of the calendar include Sports Day and the Annual Sports Dinner in the Summer Term at which the year's sport is reviewed and student leaders speak about their experiences. PE GCSE students help to organise and officiate the annual U13 Rugby Sevens tournament. Visiting the Human Performance Institute at the Surrey Sports Park provides a level of performance analysis open to professional athletes. The Careers Programme introduces pupils to the potential for further study or employment in related areas. Visiting speakers inspire pupils to achieve their goals. Recent visitors have included Grand National Champion Leighton Aspell, Olympic Javelin gold medallist Tessa Sanderson and Chemmie Alcott, Britain's number one female alpine skier.
Mr G Herbert - Head of Physical Education