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KEHS is famous for its PE facilities and successes from county to national level in a range of sports, thanks to outstanding staff including several internationals.

Major sports include hockey, netball, dance, gymnastics, swimming, fitness, cricket, tennis, athletics, badminton and football. 

In Lower School, students will focus on a particular activity for six weeks to develop their basic skills and understanding. They will spend each half-term in a different sporting activity, and each class will have two double lessons of PE per week in Years 7 and 8. This is reduced to one period per week from Year 9 onwards. There are an abundance of sports clubs available every day, with some sessions before school, at lunchtime, and after school.

GCSE PE is a combination of physical performance and academic challenge. It provides an exciting opportunity, encouraging students to immerse themselves in the world of sports and PE, giving them the chance to perform and delve into the how and why of physical activity and sport. 

Students will study the following areas: 

  • Applied anatomy and physiology  
  • Movement analysis  
  • Physical training  
  • Use of data 
  • Sports psychology 
  • Socio-cultural influences  
  • Health, Fitness and Wellbeing  

In year 10, students will develop their skills further graduating to activities like lifesaving, basketball and yoga. 

We aim to provide all Sixth Form students with access to physical activity as part of their curriculum. While this is not always possible due to individual timetables, most students are timetabled for a physical activity session on Wednesday afternoons. Activities range from hockey and netball matches to walks in Cannon Hill Park and strength and conditioning sessions in our fitness suite.

Meet the Head of Department

Mrs Blanks

Mrs Blanks is the Director of Sport at King Edward VI High School for Girls. She has a BA (Hons) in Sport & Recreational Studies from the University of Birmingham and over 150 international hockey caps for England and Great Britain. She captained England to a Silver Medal at the 2002 Manchester Commonwealth Games.

She is passionate about getting students involved and active in an inclusive environment. She believes that sports can develop girls’ confidence, physical competence, connection with others, and character. Mrs Blanks is committed to providing all students with the opportunity to participate in sport and to reach their full potential.

Head of PE - Mrs Blanks

Beyond the classroom

The Department encourages all students to participate in the co-curricular programme. There is a wide range of activities to choose from, and students can participate on a recreational or competitive basis. We have weekly fixtures against schools both locally and further afield, and we also compete in a variety of competitions. Throughout the autumn and spring terms, we work towards a dance production that involves over 150 students from the entire school.

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