Sport & Physical Education

Physical Education, Sport and Activities at Christ’s Hospital

Physical Education

Pupils in years 7 & 8 (2nd and 3rd form) have a double period (70mins) of Physical Education every week. During the year a wide range of activities are taught, to include Invasion Games (e.g. basketball), Net/Wall Games (e.g. tennis), Striking Games (e.g. cricket), Gymnastics, Swimming, Athletics and Health Related Fitness.

Pupils in years 9-11 (LE-GE) have the option to study GCSE Physical Education. The course is 60% practical and 40% theory and suits all pupils who have an interest in physical activity, coaching and officiating. If you enjoy working with others and have a positive approach towards your learning then PE is definitely an option.

Sports Science at Christ’s Hospital

The Sports Science department is pleased to offer a challenging programme of study designed to meet the needs of students who require a range of subjects that provide a high quality, rigorous academic framework. The key to our approach is innovation; we offer two leading courses, both internationally recognised. The traditional A Level, which is split in to Theory and Practical modules at both AS & A2.  Also within the Sixth Form, we are joining an elite group of 14 schools worldwide who are delivering the newly-developed IB Sports, Exercise and Health Science course.

International Baccalaureate – Sports, Exercise and Health Science

At Christ’s Hospital, we provide the opportunity to be one of the first to study this cutting-edge IB subject. The discipline was introduced to the IB programme in 2007, and Christ’s Hospital is one of the 14 centres worldwide that offers this course. In addition to the theoretical components covered, there will be a number of opportunities to investigate the science behind sport in the real world. This will include visits to leading universities for lab-based physiology testing, and the possibility of experiencing background work conducted at elite professional sports clubs such as the Harlequins RFC.

This is an innovative course which enables students to investigate the scientific keys to success in sport, and in tune with the ethos of the IB, allows investigation of moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications.

AS/A-level GCE Physical Education (AQA)

This course takes a multi-disciplinary approach, encouraging the development of different methods of enquiry with the focal point being the performer and the performance. It allows students to appreciate the physiological, psychological and sociological issues that underpin both mass participation and elite athlete development. The course is based on the interaction between the theory and practice of Physical Education. It provides an excellent foundation for students who wish to develop their understanding of the multi-faceted world of sport as both an academic discipline and a global economic industry, and in this respect can provide a natural link to scientific and humanities courses.

Both of these courses aim to:

  • Provide opportunities for scientific study and creativity within a global context that will stimulate and challenge students.
  • Provide a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology
  • Enable students to apply and use a body of knowledge, methods and techniques that characterise science and technology.
  • Develop an ability to analyse, evaluate and synthesize scientific information.
  • Engender an awareness of the need for and the value of, effective collaboration and communication during scientific activities.
  • Develop experimental and investigative scientific skills.
  • Develop and apply the students’ information and communication technology skills in the study of science.
  • Raise awareness of the moral, ethical, social, economic and environmental implications of using science and technology.
  • Develop an appreciation of the possibilities and limitations associated with science and scientists.
  • Encourage an understanding of the relationships between scientific disciplines and the overarching nature of the scientific method.

Sports Science in action

At Christ’s Hospital School, we are committed to supporting our students in sporting excellence while they are studying. Our well-qualified, experienced staff help all students to achieve their potential by providing expert Sports Science support. Using our Sports Science expertise, Strength and Conditioning Suite and specialist equipment, our students can make progress across a number of sports.

We provide:

  • Sport-specific fitness testing using our specialist equipment to provide accurate measures
  • Strength and Conditioning support through our full-time Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Performance analysis through both notational and video analysis of technique and match play
  • Access to nutritional advice
  • Access to sporting lifestyle advice from former professional athletes