The PE Department is in the General Education Faculty. The department consists of eight full-time PE staff and a technician.
In 2011 the PE Department moved into an outstanding brand new sports complex which includes a large staff office, two sets of boys and girls changing rooms, a theory class room with interactive whiteboard, a gymnasium, an extended length sports hall (basketball, volleyball, badminton, cricket nets), Eton fives courts, a floodlit multi-use games area which is used for netball and tennis, and a full size synthetic turf pitch which is also fully floodlit and is marked out for football, lacrosse, hockey and tennis (13 courts in total).
There are grass pitches lacrosse, football, rugby, rounders, cricket (artificial) and softball situated on the main school site, as well as lacrosse pitches and a 400m athletics track with discus cage and long jump pits at Browns Meadow, and several more football (including 9-a-side) and rugby pitches at Enborne Road. Both areas are approximately ½ mile from the school.
The school has a strong tradition in inter-school sport and has a demanding fixture list both in mid-week and Saturday fixtures. The school is particularly successful in rugby, lacrosse, football, netball, cricket, athletics and tennis, with both junior and senior teams competing to high standards.
Inter-House events take place in almost all activities and these are run by the PE department for all age groups, many at ‘A’ and ‘B’ team levels from Year 7 to Year 13.
Competitive and Recreational Opportunities
There is an extensive programme of lunchtime and after-school clubs which are open to all students covering almost all curriculum areas.
School Sports Coordinator
We are unique in that we have maintained a School Sports Coordinator role within the PE Department.
Through the work of our SSCO we have strong links with Primary schools, we run several opportunities as part of the Key Stage 4 extra programme, including two Sports Leader groups, and two Sky Living for Sport groups. Students gain further opportunities for leadership training, and officiating at school games events.
Our Sports Ambassadors have key roles in the running of the Berkshire Schools Games and opening ceremonies.
We have strong links with our Youth Sports Trust Living for Sport Athlete Mentors, in particular Toby Garbett (Olympic Rower and Triathlete) and Alex Danson (Olympic Great Britian Hockey Gold Medalist).
Through this role we are also able to extend our extra-curricular PE programme by putting on extra clubs and having external coaches coming into school. Examples of this are, girls rugby, girls cricket, aerobics, volleyball, hockey and martial arts.
Through the wide and varied opportunities we offer to all students, we were awarded the 2016 Get Berkshire Active Secondary School Award, and the Volunteer of the Year Award.
The department also runs a range of sports trips, and in recent years we have been on lacrosse tour to New York, taken football tours to Spain, been on rugby tour to Ireland and taken smaller trips to watch netball, football and cricket fixtures.