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Love sport? We offer a varied curriculum in PE allowing students to experience a wide range of physical activities and sports. These include the traditional sports such as football, rugby, hockey and netball, but we also offer a range of alternative activities within curriculum time including trampolining, orienteering, swimming, fitness, table tennis and dance. We want to inspire young people to participate fully and enjoy the physical, psychological and social benefits of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. We aspire to promote excellence, determination, respect, courage, inspiration and equality in all that we do.

We are also part of the new Specialist School curriculum in the School of Leadership; we run 3 modules entitled Games Leader, Fitness Leader and Outdoor Leader. 

Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.



Annual sports day and numerous extra-curricular activities and fixtures - please see the calendar for details. 


Sports Day, 14th July 2016 - film by Jonah Phillips and Isaac Gardner, Year 10


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Why Study this Subject? 

From Year 7, students will develop their ability to analyse and evaluate, solve problems, overcome challenges, lead others and set goals. They will also develop their ICT, numeracy and literacy skills.

Topics of Study and Assignments 

During a student's first half term they will experience a series of PE lessons designed to evaluate their starting point. These lessons include racket sports, invasion games, fitness and dance. Students are then placed in groups in relation to their knowledge and understanding, experience of physical activity and mind set. Activity blocks range from 4 double lessons to 8 double lessons across Years 7 and 8 where the emphasis is on developing skills, decision-making, leadership and knowledge and understanding of factors impacting on performance. All students will complete 1-2 lessons of cross-country running before the end of the Autumn term. Students will also get the opportunity to complete a 4 week swimming programme in Year 7.

Year 9-11 core PE has longer activity blocks and some opportunities for students to choose between activities. In Year 9, students can opt into GCSE PE or V Cert Health and Fitness (Level 2) which is normally taught over 3 years. For some students, there will be an opportunity to attend 'breakfast club' lessons between 7.40 and 8.40 am with a view to studying GCSE PE as an additional subject.

The Team

Head of Physical Education Calum Thomas BEd Hons, PGDip has professional interests in the development of physical literacy in young people and the role of competitive sport in developing resilience. He ensures the importance of 'lifelong' learning activities in physical education are at the heart of the department.

Angela Brand BA and currently studying for a Masters in Education is "obsessed with health and fitness" and spends her spare time running and mountain biking.

Rebbecca Chamberlain BSc Hons, PGCE, is a former international athlete and county netball player and swimmer.

Tim Clarke BSc, PGCE is a Teacher of PE as well as our Curriculum Development Manager. He values the importance of physical education and sport in developing key leadership, social and employability skills.

Thomas Lightfoot is qualified with a BSc Hons and a PGCE. He is a former Great Britain rowing trialist and a current County rugby player. He has a personal interest in rugby, athletics, cricket and rowing.

Helen MacDonald BA Hons, PGCE, AQA moderator and examiner and also Head of Dance has specialist interest in contemporary dance, boys dance, break dance and physical theatre.

Stuart Tuck is our Sports Instructor and formerly played for Brighton and Hove Albion. 

Events and Activities 

We run an extensive programme of intra and inter-school opportunities throughout the year for all year groups across a variety of sports.


Football, rugby, netball, hockey, trampolining, indoor rock climbing, mountain biking, tennis, table tennis, basketball, cross country running, athletics, cricket, stoolball, rounders, badminton, fitness, swimming, see the calendar for all the extra-curricular activities available.

Crackit - Read all about this exciting venture which fuses design with cricket.




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