Dame Alice Owen’s Sports Website (for details of all teams, sports fixtures, results, events and sports news)
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 an athletics training camp in Lanzarote in 2019 followed by a cricket and netball tour to Sri Lanka in 2020.
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.
Dame Alice Owen’s is noted for its 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 (Harlequins and Northampton Saints respectively), international athlete Jodie Williams and international gymnast Gabby Jupp. In the last three years, we have had three pupils crowned English Schools’ champion over 800m, 400m hurdles and pole vault. There has been further success this year, with one of our 6th form female footballers representing England at the u17 European championships, two of our year 11 footballers representing Scotland in their European qualifying campaign and one of our year 11 athletes representing England over cross country.
The Owen’s PE Curriculum at a glance
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, problem solving, health related fitness and softball. Pupils will develop confidence and skills in these areas, whilst beginning to learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle. The primary focus is on developing both range and quality of skills which is assessed within isolated conditions in year 7 before building up to competitive situations in year 8 and 9. Lessons are taught in single sex groups of similar ability. Pupils receive two timetabled one hour lessons per week.
At Key Stage 4 our pupils retain two hours of core PE per week in year 10 and one hour in year 11. Competitive activities become more accomplished and detailed as pupils are able to apply the skills and techniques learned at the earlier key stage. There are also opportunities to explore other activities such as self – defence, yoga and Pilates. Many of our pupils study GCSE PE in this key stage where they are introduced to Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Psychology and Socio-cultural issues.
At Key Stage 5 we continue to offer A Level with the OCR exam board. Topics include Biomechanics, Skill Acquisition, Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Psychology and Socio-Cultural studies. There is also a non – examined assessment which focuses on a practical performance in a chosen activity and an oral response where a performers strengths and weaknesses are analysed.
Current PE Staff at September 2018
Mr N Gamester – Director of Sport
Mr A Cotton – Head of Boys’ PE and AST (Advanced Skills Teacher)
Mrs S Palfrey – Head of Girls’ PE
Mr A Nolan – Teacher of PE
Miss P Lowe – Teacher of PE
Mr T Dugan – Teacher of PE
Miss L Martin – Teacher of PE
Miss A Lord – Teacher of PE and Geography
Mr T Festa – PE Technician