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Sport is a vital and exciting part of life at Dame Alice Owen’s. We believe it is essential in nurturing skills, confidence and a life-long love of sporting activities. There is a huge variety of sports and activities in our curriculum, and all pupils are encouraged to extend their learning in our extensive extra-curricular programme. We run lunchtime and after school clubs in a range of sports including football, hockey, rugby, netball, basketball, badminton, cross country, cricket, athletics, tennis and rounders. There is also an annual gym and dance display. Regular fixtures take place during the week and we have competitive block fixtures against both state and independent schools on Saturday mornings. Sports tours are a regular occurrence in the department, and we are due to embark on a sports tour to South America in 2017.

The PE facilities, including our main indoor area (The F.E. Cleary Sports Centre) are just as impressive and wide-ranging, with another gymnasium, an all-weather pitch, a dance studio, tennis and netball courts. Adjacent to the fields we have a new sports pavilion and a state of the art grass football pitch of an exceptionally high standard. Aerial photo, above right, shows the PE facilities and new grass football pitch.

Dame Alice Owen’s is noted for it’s sporting achievements, particularly in our major sports of football, hockey, rugby, netball, athletics, cricket and cross country. We are proud to say there are spectacular successes at all ages and abilities, with students holding representative honours at district, county and national levels. Ex pupils include football player Paul Robinson (Millwall and and AFC Wimbledon), rugby players Matt and Andy Symons (London Irish and Worcester respectively), international athlete Jodie Williams and international gymnast Gabby Jupp. One of our current pupils Isabelle Boffey is the reigning English Schools’ 800m champion.

 The Owen’s PE Curriculum at a glance

Cricket lesson

At Key Stage 3 pupils will be introduced to a wide variety of sports and activities. Pupils will participate in all activities listed above, plus table tennis, volleyball, orienteering, health related fitness and softball. Pupils will develop confidence and skills in these areas, whilst beginning to learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Lessons are taught in single sex groups of similar ability. Pupils receive two timetabled one hour lessons per week.

Dance Lesson


At Key Stage 4 our pupils retain one hour of core PE per week and competitive activities become more accomplished and detailed as pupils are able to apply the skills and techniques learned at the earlier key stage. Many of our pupils study GCSE PE in this key stage where they are introduced to Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Psychology and Health, Fitness and Well–being.

U14 Girls Badminton Team - Finalists at the National Schools Badminton Championships, Centre Parcs, Sherwoood - 2010


At Key Stage 5 we continue to offer A Level with the OCR exam board. Topics include Biomechanics, Skill Acquisition, Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology and Socio-Cultural studies.

Current PE Staff at September 2016

Mr N Gamester (Director of Sport)

Mr I Breeze (Teacher of PE)

Miss J Coakley (Teacher of PE)

Mr A Cotton (Head of Boys’ PE and AST(Advanced Skills Teacher)

Mr T Dugan (Teacher of PE)

Miss A Lord (Teacher of PE)

Mr D Parkinson (PE Technician)

Mrs S Palfrey (Head of Girls’ PE)