Physical Education

Sport is integral to life at Cobham Hall. PE forms part of every girl’s timetable for Year 7 through to Year 13 and provides a balance to academic study, promoting physical and mental health and wellbeing.

Girls are encouraged to take part in Inter-House competitions and the many co-curricular clubs we offer. Many girls have the chance to represent the School at matches, with some also going on to compete at regional, national and international competitions. We work closely with external coaches and clubs to offer a wide range of sports.

Girls are passionate about sport regardless of their ability level, there is a healthy balance between striving for excellence as well as reaching individual goals.

 

There is no doubt in my mind that the PE Department want to develop every student, no matter their ability level. If you’re trying your best, the PE teacers will have all the time in the world for you. Whether there’s after school galas, lunchtime netball matches, sports trips, or freezing cross-country competitions, you can bet Mrs Hooper and Miss Fautley will be there, supporting us every step of the way. I would never have got to the level I am at or gained all the skills I have in sport if it wasn’t for the ongoing support of the PE Department. – Maisy, Sixth Form


Years 7, 8 and 9

Girls in Years 7, 8 and 9 have three PE lessons each week, giving scope to deliver a variety of sports including hockey, netball, swimming, athletic events, tennis and rounders. Girls also play badminton and begin trampolining in Year 9.

Girls are taught swimming by a top club level coach as well as our Head of Physical Education to assist the development of all levels. The students learn stroke technique and receive vital preparation for the many galas through the year.


Years 10, 11, 12 and 13

At Cobham Hall, we believe physical wellbeing and activity is important and so girls who choose not to take GCSE or A Level PE will still have timetabled lessons and are encouraged to select a variety of physical activities from a series of options. Netball and hockey are pursued by the majority of girls to ensure that their skill level continually improves. Alongside these sports, girls also enjoy badminton, aerobics, fitness, swimming, trampolining, tennis, athletics and rounders.


Years 10 and 11: GCSE PE

Throughout the GCSE PE course, students will have the opportunity to study a variety of sports as a competitor. The theoretical aspects of the course are varied and engaging. Students will develop an understanding of the physiological, psychological and social aspects of sport, all of which enhance their overall confidence in PE.


Years 12 and 13: A Level PE

The A Level course builds on previous knowledge gained through GCSE PE. The course enables girls to critically analyse and evaluate their physical performance and apply their experience of practical activity in developing their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Girls are able to explore an activity in detail as a competitor or coach, chosen from a wide variety of sporting activities. Students will also develop the ability to analyse and evaluate performance in a chosen activity, and will have many opportunities to further develop their skills in Physical Education through a wide range of clubs as well as timetabled lessons in a variety of activities. Girls taking A Level PE are encouraged to take positions of responsibility to develop leadership and confidence.

Outside the Classroom

Inter-House competitions, such as netball, cross-country and hockey are keenly contested with House Captains encouraging as many girls to take part as possible.

Matches in the majority of sports are also played against other schools. Competitive sports is deemed extremely important. Students compete in a variety of sports and those who excel are encouraged to play at club level and trial at county level where possible. Extra-curricular sport is an essential part of the Physical Education Department, with an extremely high 75% of the student body taking part in at least one sports club out of school hours.

The PE Department also offer biennial trips, and in recent years these have including skiing, and a netball tour to Barbados.


Sports Day

Sports Day is the final Inter-House event of the year, and House Spirit is shown in abundance. Girls of all years and abilities are encouraged to take part, and when not participating, cheering is a must! In addition to a trophy for the overall winning House, awards are also given to recognise the best performing athletes across the School.