Sport for all ethos coupled with the pursuit of excellence.
The PE Department is generously staffed by well-qualified and experienced teachers and coaches, each having his or her own field of expertise.
All girls benefit from specialist teaching in PE and Games. Games lessons for Key Stage 2 take place at our impressive sports facilities at Hinchley Wood and the new development at Oaken Lane. PE and Games for the younger girls take place on site.
The PE Department has adopted the sports participation pyramid, a structured programme for all. It identifies the different groups of performers at each level, giving them a clear pathway to follow.
The pyramid consists of four stages: Foundation, Participation, Performance and Excellence.
The foundation stage is delivered to all girls from Reception to Year 6 within curriculum time. This is a specialised curriculum where the girls learn fundamental movement skills, which are then applied to a variety of sports, including gymnastics, athletics, cross country, dance, health related fitness and team building.
The participation stage refers to our increased co-curricular programme, which is available to all girls from Years 3 to 6. The girls have the opportunity to attend athletics, gymnastics, hockey, netball and rounders’ clubs at our extensive sporting facility at Hinchley Wood.
The performance stage refers to our A squad members/elite performers. These pupils receive three hours additional training per week in their chosen sport. Whilst girls participate in team sports, we also cater for the individual athlete. Girls enjoy tennis, skiing and cross country, reaching Borough recognition in all.
The excellence stage refers to national athletes who compete for their country. Our gymnastics programme is a prime example of how girls can compete at national level, combining a strenuous training programme with an excellent, bespoke education.
Swimming is a life skill. In addition to their Games and PE lessons, girls from Reception to Year 2 enjoy a half-hour swimming lesson weekly throughout the year. Girls are grouped on ability and lessons aim to build water confidence, improve stroke and progress to stamina training. Lessons are run by a specialist team who follow the National Plan for Teaching Swimming. Children are awarded certificates from Level 1 to 7 from this scheme, following ongoing assessments by their teachers.