Physical Education

Head of Department: Dan Payne-Cook


Karen Andrew, Maggie Brooking, Ian George and Lee Ilott.

The Haileybury PE Department provides a practical programme for the Lower School and Removes years and examination courses for GCSE and AS/A2 Level.

In practical lessons, our aim is to introduce all pupils to a wide range of sports activities, with a primary focus on developing skills, such as analysis of performance through reciprocal teaching. Other primary foci are the importance of looking after one's health through exercise. Each pupil receives a balanced and progressive programme of physical education which includes athletics, badminton, health-related fitness, gymnastics, swimming and tennis. Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs and interests of individuals.

Academic Physical Education (Sport Science)

The number of pupils studying Physical Education for GCSE has risen steadily over the past few years and results have been excellent. The course is 50% practical and involves external and internal assessment in four sporting activities with roles as the performer, official and/or the coach. The theory component of the course covers topics ranging from anatomy and physiology to factors affecting performance and safety in sport.

Since September 2008 AS pupils have been following the OCR AS/A2 Physical Education course, which is predominantly theory-based but also includes a practical module and the chance to refine skills of performance, coaching and/or officiating, valued at 40% of the AS mark. At AS Level, two sporting activities are required. In the second year of the course, only one sporting activity is the focus, valued at 20% of the A2 examination.

Haileybury continues to provide a strong games programme for both the girls and boys in the Lower School, and has had great success in inter-scholastic competition of late.

The games programme offers pupils the opportunity to compete in:

Girls: athletics, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rounders, swimming and tennis.

Boys: athletics, cricket, football, hockey, rugby, swimming and tennis.

Whilst striving for excellence, the PE Department realises the underlining principles of the games programme are Involvement: for example, A to D teams whenever possible are fielded, Enjoyment and Achievement and our well-qualified staff and assistant specialised coaches, operating within excellent facilities, work hard to ensure these aims are met.


As well as the wide range of sporting activities offered in the physical education lessons and games afternoons/mornings, additional activities are offered out of timetabled lesson time.

The activities offered to the pupils are split by gender as follows:

Girls: athletics, badminton, football, gymnastics, hockey, lacrosse, netball, rounders, swimming, tennis and trampolining.

Boys: athletics, badminton, cricket, football, hockey, rugby union, swimming, tennis and trampolining.

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