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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 a biannual 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, with the most recent trip being a joint hockey and rugby festival to Holland in 2019.
The PE facilities, including our main indoor area (The F.E. Cleary Sports Centre) are just as impressive and wide-ranging, with a second gymnasium, an all-weather pitch, dance studio, tennis and netball courts also on site. We have recently added a new fitness suite to our indoor facilities with an expensive range of equipment. Adjacent to the main fields we have a new sports pavilion and a state of the art 1st X1 grass football pitch of an exceptionally high standard.
Ex pupils who have gone on to reach the top of their respective sports include rugby players Matt and Andy Symons (Harlequins and Northampton Saints respectively), international athlete Jodie Williams and international gymnast Gabby Jupp. We have had three pupils recently crowned English Schools’ athletics champions over 800m, 400m hurdles and pole vault and Issy Boffey who competed for Team GB in the 2021 European Indoor Athletics Championships in the 800m and who was previously a European U20 and U23 800m gold medallist.
Luca Gunter is with Tottenham Hotspur FC and has represented England Under 17’s, while Reu Walters plays for Arsenal FC and England Under 17’s. Ruby Grant represents England U19 at football and is currently at university in the USA on a football scholarship. Rajan Shukla England Under 18 Hockey and Freya Stapleton England Under 18 Cross Country Team are further examples of the incredible talent that we have been fortunate to have at the school
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.