PE was just fun in Prep School, lots of different sports to try, from swimming, ball skills, netball and rounders. Meeting with others schools to play fixtures and put into practice what we had learnt P.E bought out my competitive nature which has become more prevalent in Senior School where we continued to have fun and build on our skills, identify our strengths and build on our potential to be winners in a wide range of sports. Better Never Stops at TC as we build a reputation for playing hard and fair and most importantly being true sportsmen and women.
Both curriculum and examination PE opens up the world of sport. Pupils are encouraged to immerse themselves in sports and PE with the chance to perform, coach, officiate and ultimately develop lifelong participation in physical activity. Sport and PE gives pupils skills for a modern world, by developing practical skills, such as communication, leadership, dealing with pressure, split second decision-making and analysing and evaluating performance. This complete grounding in the subject provides a fantastic base from which pupils can build upon when they move on to higher education, employment or further training.
A base in sport gives a multitude of career possibilities, such as professional athlete, sports psychology, sports coach/teacher/lecturer, sports marketing/media, fitness professional and physiotherapy.
The year 7 to 9 pupils are exposed to a multitude of sports and activities: - swimming, basketball, health related fitness, badminton, athletics, handball, gymnastics, outdoor education, volleyball, dance, tennis and squash. We use a multi-functional fitness test assessment, where pupils participate, throughout the year, in different fitness tests to monitor their progress in both skill and health related fitness components.
Pupils will have 3 lessons per week. Year 10 is split into the following topics: - health, fitness and well-being, sport psychology, applied anatomy and physiology, physical training, and practical performance. The year 11 topics are movement analysis, socio-cultural influences, planning and executing a personal exercise programme whilst continuing with practical performance.
Pupils will have 5 lessons per week. Throughout the A level course we aim to give pupils a well-rounded and full introduction to the world of PE, sport and sports science. There are 8 separate strands that are covered throughout year 12 and 13, applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sports psychology, sport and society and contemporary issues in physical activity and sport. For the practical element the pupils choose a single sport for which they will be assessed. They also complete an evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement, where they get to apply all of their theoretical knowledge they have gleaned from the course to a practical situation.
A thriving sports fixture calendar with other independent and local schools enables our pupils to experience competition both in their own specialisations and in new sports. As part of the Independent Schools Association we are able to give our best pupils access to regional and national events. We have recently represented the Midlands at the ISA National Swimming Competition and have won Midlands regional competitions in football and netball at the U14 age group. Other ISA successes include Cricket, Hockey and National Tennis. Along with our access to the ISA competitions we offer fixtures locally and through the WASPS Partnership, where competitive fixtures are available for pupils from U9 – U18.
Sports tours and trips along with watching professional fixtures are always part of our sporting calendar throughout the academic year. An example of some of the exciting opportunities for our pupils include, watching England Netball v Uganda and a Worcester Warriors training experience. Our sports trips have included JCA Netball and Football weekends and a Lacrosse experience weekend in York.