“Year-round impressive facilities and beautiful pitches in the heart of the school. They punch well above their weight for a small school and pupils are encouraged to be sporting ‘all-rounders’ not simply a master of one, to ensure full teams and great results.”
- The Good Schools Guide 2021
“Sport is fun and at King's we ensure that as many pupils as possible are able to enjoy it. Everybody, no matter what their talents, is catered for and we offer an extraordinary range of sporting options. ”
Sport at King's College
Sport is pivotal to the all-round development of pupils at King's College. It provides engagement, responsibility and enjoyment. King's Sport aims to actively enable young people to take on a variety of challenges to help build confidence, take leadership roles, and enable them to work as part of a team.
Our sport is built on the ideals of a healthy and balanced lifestyle, respect, discipline and a sense of sporting integrity. Throughout, it is firmly believed that everyone has something valuable to offer, and the systems in place aim to encourage general participation in an inclusive programme covering a wide number of sporting opportunities.
We have developed a structure to our sport that we believe caters for every single one of our pupils. It continues to use the most up to date coaching methods, equipment and principles to ensure our pupils thrive regardless of standard. We have three sports programme units: Engagement and Development, Performance, and High Performance. The sport programme is tailored towards the needs and requirements of our individual pupils.
Engagement and Development Programme
Here at King’s we pride ourselves on a sports programme that allows every pupil to engage in a variety of sports throughout the year. This not only promotes a positive, active and healthy lifestyle, but also encourages vital social skills that play a big part in our pupils' overall development. Furthermore, our coaching, facilities and fixtures provide a wonderful opportunity for all pupils to improve their sports skills.
A vast majority of our pupils go
on to represent universities and clubs when they leave and this is a crucial
driving factor within the Engagement and Development unit of the programme. This unit normally provides two to three training
sessions per week and allows for flexibility. Pupils will also gain access to sports
fixtures, which play a large part in their physical, social and mental development.
The Performance Programme is designed for pupils who want to take their sport more seriously, and therefore wish to put in extra hours outside of the main games programme. Pupils will gain access to optional early morning or lunchtime strength and conditioning (S&C) sessions and will also take part in out-of-season training.
We pride ourselves on developing our pupils who are looking to achieve the next level of performance; to gain selection to county, regional or even national level programmes. We have a number of specialist sports staff who are highly qualified and can provide pupils with the support they need outside of the normal school day.
High Performance Programme
The High Performance Programme is a reflection of the success of our coaches and sports department. We have a number of pupils who have gained selection onto academies, performance programmes and regional or national teams.
Due to the demands of High Performance, pupils who fall into this category require additional support from our qualified staff. Each High Performance pupil will receive a sports mentor to oversee their time management, helping to create a system that will provide a healthy balance between academic work and the demands of training. Each High Performance athlete will also gain access to their own individual S&C coach who will develop a designed programme.
Director of Sport
Our Director of Sport at King's College is Phil Lewis.
Phil has played and coached cricket to a high level and prides himself on being a multi-sportsman. His teaching and coaching career started when he finished at Loughborough University, where he studied sport and exercise science. Whilst at Loughborough he played first-class cricket, making his debut at the Oval against Surrey. Sadly, a stress fracture ended his time as a cricketer early on, but soon after he took up a coaching post at Sherborne School. It was here he trained as a teacher in PE and also coached rugby and hockey. Phil also qualified as an ECB level 3 head cricket coach.
As well as playing cricket to a high level Phil also played rugby to county level at fly half. He has coached the U14 and U15 rugby sides at King's, as well as being the Director of Cricket for ten years and Housemaster of Tuckwell House. Phil plays off 4 handicap in golf, and has played for the Taunton and Pickeridge A team. He runs the golf team here at King’s, and also manages to find time to play in the Somerset squash league, and on the odd occasion he has also played hockey for Taunton Vale.
Phil enjoys all sports and is more recently learning about, and researching sports coaching methodology and sports psychology. He is incredibly passionate about all sport and is excited about future developments for sport at King’s.
Head of Girls' Games and Academic PE
Sara Similien is our Head of Girls' Games and Academic PE.
Growing up on a beautiful Devon farm, Sara was a keen horse rider with the Pony Club, but enjoyed all sports, including hockey, which she played at representative level during school.
With a love of the outdoors, Sara completed the 35-mile and 45-mile Ten Tors challenges at school, and was part of the Liverpool Officers Training Corp (OTC) at university, where she studied sports science.
Something you might not know about Sara ... during her time with the OTC, she competed for her unit at the Army Telemark Championships in slalom, giant slalom and downhill skiing!
Back in the South West, she completed her PGCE at Exeter University and began teaching at Watford Girls' Grammar School, before joining King's in 2007.
Sara still plays representative hockey – she plays for the England Hockey O40s team, and has competed and won medals at the Outdoor World Championships and European Championships, recently taking home gold in the 2019 Europeans!