Sport and Physical Education
“You are never really playing an opponent. You are playing yourself, your own highest standards, and when you reach your limits that is real joy.”
Arthur Ashe, Tennis player
Sport and Physical Education is compulsory for all year groups and plays a major part in the life of College. Our Sport and Physical Education Programme gives every girl an understanding and value of the importance of physical activity in her daily life. We aim for pupils to play, compete and excel throughout their time at College and always ensure they receive expert teaching and coaching.
Our new space, which has the look and feel of a modern leisure facility, is important in creating an environment that stimulates the pupils to come in, play and be active. All our girls have the opportunity to develop and acquire individual skills and techniques before putting them into practice in competitive situations. Guidance and support are given to pupils who are in pursuit of sporting excellence.
As part of a multi-million pound redevelopment, College's new Health and Fitness Centre opened in 2018. Our sports facilities include:
- Two sports halls
- Climbing wall
- 25-metre swimming pool
- Dance studio
- Multi-purpose studio
- Five squash courts (which transform into two multi-purpose rooms)
- State of the art fitness suite
- Large playing fields
- Two all-weather pitches
- Specialist hard court netball and tennis centre
We provide a wide range of co-curricular activities both on and off site, and organise regional, county and prep tournaments. We also have an extensive fixture list and pupils who are not regularly competing for College are encouraged to enjoy an enriched ‘Saturday Active’ programme of sporting activities.
College supports beginners to international level performers, from ability set groups within lessons and guidance from specialists, to the opportunity for one-to-one additional coaching across many sports. For higher level performers, we offer additional assistance such as team performance fitness sessions, video analysis, supplementary workshops, strength and conditioning screening, and individual sports mentors. We also enable girls to attend local clubs and Governing Body Talent Pathway programmes, which are linked to our Sports Scholarships.
The range of training facilities at our new Health and Fitness Centre has enabled College to forge new relationships with regional and national sporting groups, including England Squash, England Lacrosse, and Severn Stars, the local Superleague netball franchise. We have also developed a partnership with Cricket for Girls. These relationships give pupils new competition opportunities and access to national and international level sports performers and coaches.
Girls have games afternoons, which include hockey, netball, lacrosse, tennis, cricket, athletics and swimming. PE lessons also feature dance, gymnastics and trampolining.
All lessons incorporate a programme of physical literacy aimed at developing the individual performer. Physical literacy is an important part of early development in sport and physical activity and we ensure the pupils continue to develop fundamental movements from LC1.
Teachers lead the pupils through the ‘My Personal Best’ programme (Youth Sports Trust), which aims to develop life skills, leadership and employability skills in young people, such as empathy, teamwork and resilience.
Pupils can specialise in both a major and minor sport, or follow several different activities. We also acknowledge the importance of a healthy lifestyle for those not interested in the competitive side of sport, and we work hard to promote an awareness of health, fitness and wellbeing in everyday life.
Pupils can take the Youth Sport Award in UC4, which supports the development of character, citizenship, and spiritual, moral, social, cultural and British values through PE and school sport. It aims to build positive lifestyle habits and develop leadership and management skills. With four different levels (Go, Bronze, Silver, and Gold), this programme supports wider academic achievement and physical and emotional wellbeing.
Pupils continue to stay active throughout their sixth form studies. We offer a wide range of sports and activities that cater for all pupils’ choices.
Director of Sport and Physical Activity: Mr Will Parker
Mr Neil Busby BA (Assistant Director of Sport (Engagement))
Miss Claire Johnson (Assistant Director of Sport (Participation))
Miss Kate Nimmo BSc (Assistant Director of Sport (Performance) and Head of Swimming)
Miss Penny Thomas BSc (Head of Curriculum PE)
Mrs Lisa Birks BEd
Miss Martha Cornbrooks BA (Head of Lacrosse)
Ms Jane Davies (Rowing Coach)
Mrs Julie Edwards BSc (Head of Rowing)
Mr Matt Fairburn (Hockey Coach)
Mrs Rachel Guest BEd
Miss Vicki Hodgetts (Head of Tennis)
Ms Philippa Hill
Mrs Jo Hucker BSc
Mrs Karin Jones BA (Head of Netball)
Mrs Nicola Keller BSc
Mr Nick Lewis (Hockey Coach)
Mrs Caroline Mackenzie (Netball Coach)
Mrs Lucy McNulty BSc (Head of Hockey)
Mrs Fiona Najim
Miss Caroline Ralph BEd
Ms Kate Scott-Wilding (Head of Equestrian)
Ms Lynn Stirling (Rowing Coach)
Mrs Lotte Sturgess (Rowing Coach)
Miss Katherine Wakeling BSc
Mrs Vickie Wilkinson BSc
Miss Amber Watson (Sports Graduate Assistant)
Miss Emily Wilton (Sports Graduate Assistant)
Head of Outdoor Education: Miss Faye Troth BSc ML SPA BCU Level III
Mr James Allison BA CWI BCU Level III
Mr Phil Read ML(T)