“You can't put a limit on anything. The more you dream, the farther you get.”
- Michael Phelps
Why Study Physical Education?
Within the PE department, we aim to develop qualities and skills that pupils need to succeed in school and beyond. The curriculum enables all young people to become successful learners who enjoy learning, participating, making progress and achieving. They are confident individuals who understand the place of physical activity in a healthy lifestyle. They are responsible citizens who have good self-discipline, self-control, leadership and social relationships.
We offer a broad spectrum of different sports in the Third Form to support the games and activity programme, while in the Fourth and Fifth Form pupils can opt for GCSE Physical Education and the Sixth Form GCE Physical Education.
Sport in Third Form
In the Third Form, pupils are introduced to sport that they can develop further through the wide range of clubs and activities that are offered at King's. These include climbing, squash, water polo, swimming and badminton. There is also a strong emphasis on developing fundamental skills which will allow pupils to have the strength and mobility to live healthy lives and improve performance.
We teach the AQA GCSE PE specification though an active learning approach, encouraging pupils to apply their knowledge to their own practical experiences.
Sport at A Level
The A level specification allows pupils to develop and apply their knowledge further. Practically, both courses encourage pupils to develop the skills needed to analyse and evaluate their own and others' performance.
The department also runs successful trips to Exeter University and Bath University to support the curriculum. Here pupils are able to make use of the sports science facilities available. We also invite outside speakers in to talk to groups about subjects such as sport psychology and sports performance.
Phil is our new Director of Sport, Housemaster of Tuckwell, and Director of Cricket. He completed a sport and exercise science degree at Loughborough University whilst he pursued a career in cricket.
Sara was educated at Liverpool John Moores University where she studied sports science, and then went on to complete her PGCE at Exeter University. Before moving to Taunton she taught PE for nine years in Hertfordshire.
Ed was formerly the Head of Rugby at The British School, Al Khubairat in Abu Dhabi. He has played for Exeter Chiefs, Swansea RFU and Plymouth Albion, and is a level 3 rugby coach.