King Edward VI School - Physical Education

Physical Education and Games

We promote the benefits of and encourage a healthy active lifestyle.

The Sport Department’s philosophy is described as Participation – Progression – Performance, this enables all students to find suitable activities but also generates a platform for those who wish to strive for high performance.  We demand certain qualities from our sportsmen and women such as effort, belief, focus, determination, humility, good manners, honesty and punctuality, when we see these actions they are re-enforced and become both contagious and habitual. These characteristics are described as our core values. We firmly believe that better people create better sports performance. Our teaching and coaching team believes that Physical Education is about inspiring our students and providing them with the all-round skills needed to allow them to participate in sport for the rest of their lives.  We firmly believe in affording every student the opportunity to be physically active and stimulate their mind. Whilst acquiring and developing the core skills required in a number of sports such as basketball, badminton, gymnastics, indoor athletics and volleyball, students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of individual and team games by learning how to devise, plan and implement tactics, act as a coach/manager and be able to umpire or referee. Our students also take part in Health Related Exercise and Fitness.  This programme is designed to develop understanding of how to exercise the body efficiently and gives our students an idea of the kind of exercise they should regularly be undertaking to keep themselves fit and healthy in addition to the understanding of physical conditioning related to improved performance. Students enjoy three periods of high intensity, high quality Physical Education per two week block.  All students are fitness tested during the Michaelmas Term, this helps to identify areas that require development, students with substantial improvements and those athletes capable of reaching high performance. At K.E.S. we aim to fulfill each student’s potential, driven by process rather than outcome. Alongside skill development, we aspire to grow character and encourage our students to develop resilience, openness, coachability, initiative and leadership qualities.

Games The ethos of games at K.E.S. is to encourage maximum participation, enhance each student’s long–term athletic development and create a platform for elite performance.  This is done through engaging and creative coaching, energetic staff and a driven student body that represents the School with honour. For Games the Department offers our students the opportunity to participate in and compete for the School in our performance sports – rugby, hockey, athletics, netball cricket, fencing and rowing. Each year group has one Games afternoon, consisting of three periods and one hour-long after-school training session.  The Department also runs skill clinics in the various disciplines. For senior Games (Year 11 upwards) performance students enter High Performance Sports programmes, specifically designed and delivered by specialist teachers and assisted by elite coaches from the sports’ major governing bodies.  For students who wish to maintain a non-competitive yet active lifestyle, we offer them the opportunity to take part in a range of different challenges at the Leisure Centre in Stratford-upon Avon or the brand new facility at Meon Vale Leisure Centre We also offer our Sixth Formers the opportunity to study Physical Education (AQA) at AS Level.  Academic Physical Education offers a unique educational opportunity to deliver a course that reflects the ever-changing world of sports science and athletic development.  The capacity to cover exam-specific topics as diverse as performance anxiety, injury, rehabilitation management, and energy production systems allows each member of staff to develop the student academically and offers an excellent view of theoretical and biological aspects of sports performance that students can use in their own fields of play.

Outdoor and Adventurous Activities The Department run a number of residential trips, including an outdoor educational trip to Marle Hall in North Wales for Year 8 and a multi sports activity week for Year 9.  Sporting tours are a major factor within School life at K.E.S. with recent successful tours in cricket, rugby and netball. The junior cricketers have recently enjoyed a senior cricket tour to the Barbados. The netball squad toured to Malta in 2014 and Barcelona in 2016 whilst the high performance rugby squad toured Australia in 2014, Argentina in 2016 and will be heading to Japan in The Summer of 2018.

Staff The Physical Education Department consists of three specialist full time PE teachers, each with a background in sports specific high performance assisted by three Gap Year students.  The Games Department is supported by a number of experienced and highly qualified coaches from the senior common room and beyond.

Director of Sport – Toby Wilson– 
Assistant Director of Sport – Robert Cook PE Teacher
Head of Hockey and Cricket – James Gilchriest

At K.E.S. we take our coaching very seriously, staff are encouraged to develop their own personal skills by attending courses suitable to their chosen sport.  The School currently employs two former professional rugby players (RFU Level 2 and Level 3) most notably Mr Robert Cook formerly of Gloucester RFC who has joined the department as Assistant Director of Sport. The wider coaching staff include a GB rowing coach, a GB fencing coach, an ex-premier league hockey player, an England age grade international hockey player and a basketball specialist. The coaching is supplemented by experienced practitioners from within the staff common room.  This unique blend of talents helps the students at K.E.S maximise their full potential.

Facilities The Department has the use of the superb multi use Levi Fox Hall and the Gymnasium at the main School site which includes a rowing performance centre with weights and nine fully modernised ergometers.  The School has a focus on strength and conditioning and over the past five years has invested heavily in a Strength and Conditioning centre known to students as ‘The Cave’. We also have excellent facilities for Games at our Manor Road Playing Fields.  We have five rugby pitches alongside specific training areas for our winter games options and two cricket pitches, a grass athletics track and jumping pit for our summer games options.  We also make use of local sports facilities such as Stratford Leisure Centre, Meon Vale Leisure Centre, Stratford Rugby club and Stratford Town Football Club. The School has recently introduced a high quality Strength and Conditioning suite which is designed to enhance the provision of physical development for our performance sports.


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