The Sport and Physical Education Department consists of a large team of specialist teachers, coaches and technicians. The department is based in the outstanding Jonathan Edwards Sports Centre which is at the heart of a superb complex of facilities which includes a newly laid all-weather pitch, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, squash courts, tennis and netball courts, a shooting range, fitness suite and extensive sports pitches.
Major Games are played all year and by all pupils (Netball, Hockey, Rugby, Tennis and Cricket). Although optional from Year 11 onwards, we encourage all pupils to continue to play at least one major sport in their senior years. Pupils have a triple Games lesson once a week (except in Year 10, where they have a double lesson). There is also the opportunity for all to participate in Extra Curricular Sports Clubs which run from 4 - 5pm. These clubs are organised for all the major sports, but pupils can also join the swimming, dance, squash, ultimate frisbee, cross country, basketball and badminton clubs for example. Pupils can also join the inclusive tennis breakfast club which runs between 8 - 9am. These sessions are open to all abilities (Years 3 - 9) and are run by an external coach, therefore incurring a cost. We strongly encourage all pupils to commit to one sports club per term.
Performance Sport (Netball, Boys’ Hockey, Tennis)
A number of elite squad performers are selected and invited by their coaches to take part in twilight sessions, which run from 6pm onwards (boys’ hockey and girls’ netball only). Selection is based on performance and commitment to training and school fixtures. These sessions will focus on National competitions and qualifying events.
Pupils who are playing tennis at the highest level may want to apply for a place on the peripatetic tennis scheme. Here, they are given the opportunity to experience expert coaching from local elite coach, Chris Gill. These sessions take place for half of the year during normal PE lessons. Pupils can apply for a place on the programme, which will be considered by the Head of Tennis and Chris Gill. To be eligible for the programme, pupils aged between 6 and 10 years should have been invited to a mini county festival or have attended county training. They should regularly compete in their age group tournaments and must play weekly in a performance programme or squad session outside of school. Pupils aged 11 and above should currently be attending and commit to county training. They must be regularly competing in their age group tournaments and should play weekly outside of school. Any pupil who is eligible for the peripatetic tennis scheme will still be expected to attend their Games and swimming lessons and should represent the school in major Games.
If children wish to be considered for a place in any of the performance sessions it is an expectation that they are on top of their studies.