PE and Sport
The PE department consists of two full time male and four part time female staff and are supported by other teaching staff for games afternoons. Like traditional independent schools, the department run separate curriculums for both PE and games. During the week key stage 3 students receive one session of PE and one Games afternoon, where as key stages 4 and 5 have one games afternoon and the option for further sport during enrichment slots, which cover both the Duke of Edinburg and Sports Leaders schemes.
Physical education lessons are two hours long and follow a breadth and depth curriculum which aim to give pupils experiences of many different sports such as boxing, aerobics, trampolining, table tennis, swimming, personal survival, ultimate frisbee and athletics to name a few.
The games curriculum follows a more traditional path and are predominantly the sports in which the school play fixtures against other schools. The major sports run for a term and are boys football and girls hockey in the Autumn term, boys hockey and girls netball for the spring term and boys cricket and girls rounders for summer term. The school does also compete in minor sports such as swimming and athletics, however the training time is predominantly through the extracurricular activities program.
Fixtures are played during games afternoons against a mixture of local state and independent schools. In general, the school usually punches above its weight when considering the cohort sizes. In recent years, we have been successful in a number of local and district netball tournaments as well as the year 7 boys reaching the county street cricket final last year.
The PE department use a mixture of on and off-site facilities to deliver their curriculum. On site there is a large games field, a small astroturf with three tennis courts and two netball courts, a fitness suite, a dance studio and the Abbot’s Hall is transformed for trampolining.
Our main off-site facility is Horntye Sports Park which has a sports hall and full size astroturf and is used for most games afternoons and a large amount of fixtures. Other facilities include Summerfields Leisure Centre and Bexhill Leisure Centre. There is also a school pool at the prep school site in Bexhill-on-Sea.
Trips & Tours
There are a number of annual trips and tours that run. The annual Dover College Sports exchange runs for year 7 and 8 pupils and involved both a home and away leg. There is a bi-annual Football & Hockey tour to Valkenburg in Holland for key stage 4 and we are currently planning our first senior sports tour. In addition, there is also the annual Ski trip which runs during the Easter Holidays.
Sports scholarships are predominantly awarded to candidates who excel in the Schools’ major games of football, hockey, netball, cricket & rounders as well as a number being offered for swimming.
Successful scholars are expected to contribute to their sport and other and major games whilst taking an active role with the leadership and running of teams. It is given that they will be acting as role models for their peers and, as such, high levels of motivation and commitment to training and competition are essential.
The application process will involve candidates being required to:
– Submit a 5-minute video clip, showcasing their skills in a competitive or non-competitive environment
– Be assessed live, either at an assessment day or in games during a taster day
– Be interviewed by the Director of Sport