PE is taught as a core subject to all pupils from First Form to Fifth Forms (Years 7-11).
GCSE PE and A Level Sport Studies are also offered as academic options. Boys and girls are taught together in First and Second Form and then offered separate options in Third and Fourth Form. In Fifth Form, PE lessons move to focus on well-being. The aim is to promote sport for all and provide an opportunity to access a wide range of activities which vary from First Form through Fifth Form.
All students have one afternoon of games each week. The major sports for boys are rugby, hockey, cricket, tennis and athletics. For girls, the major sports are hockey and netball in the winter and rounders, tennis and athletics in the summer. Further options are available for older students, including soccer, squash, badminton, swimming, spinning, and fitness training. We run a large number of teams in the traditional sports and try to provide opportunities for all students to be involved, regardless of their ability. Most fixtures are played on Saturdays, with occasional mid-week matches. The school has a long tradition of overseas sports tours, and recent destinations have included Biarritz, Jersey, Barcelona, Holland, Dubai and South Africa.
The Hartswood sport ground, located two miles from the school, provides some 32 acres of playing fields and two floodlit all-weather astro-turf pitches. On the main school site, the department has use of a sports hall, 25m indoor swimming pool, dance studio, fitness room, and four floodlit netball courts.
The department offers both GCSE and A Level Sport and Physical Education. The GCSE course has a practical component which is worth 40% of the final grade. Students have to submit three sports for examination as a performer, in both individual and team sports. This gives students an interesting opportunity to widen their sporting horizons. There are two final written examination papers at the end of Fifth Form which are worth 60% of the final grade. This paper has a mixture of multiple choice, short and long written answers. The theory content includes areas such as nutrition, movement analysis, factors affecting participation, aspects of fitness, impact of exercise, sports psychology and modern technological advances in sport.
The A Level course also has a compulsory practical element to it, which is worth 30% of the final grade. At A Level, students have to submit one sport as a performer for the practical element. 70% of the final grade is based on two final written examinations. Past experiences would suggest that doing well in the written examinations is the key to a good final grade.