PE & Games

Working closely in line with the School’s vision, the department has a deliberate focus on the development and growth of a foundation of positive attitudes and attributes in our pupils.

Building on this with technical skill and tactical understanding we aim to produce determined, independent, versatile and empathetic performers who, through the demonstrable application of these traits, go on to fulfil their potential in sport and physical pursuits.

Alongside their games afternoons, Key Stage 3 pupils are lucky enough to receive a dedicated morning double PE lesson. Delivered co-educationally, children work on a half-termly rotation experiencing a variety of individual and team, sports and activities, pitched appropriately for their level of experience. This allows all pupils to progress at a comfortable rate and for even the most able to feel stretched and challenged.

It is often a pupils' first experience of sports such as basketball, fives and water-polo, and staff create a supportive and safe environment to give all pupils the opportunity to develop positive attitudes to physical activity and their peers as well as the chance to build technical proficiency and tactical understanding. With an emphasis on transferable skills, the curriculum lessons are inextricably linked with the co-curricular.

Each aspect of a KS3 pupil’s physical education plays its part in providing a holistic and progressive approach that encourages them to demonstrate commitment, independence and determination in choosing for themselves to extend their learning through the co-curricular offer.

At Key Stage 4, pupils are offered a wider range of activities and greater freedom of choice. All pupils are encouraged to seek out new challenges and experiences but for those who have found their passion, there is opportunity for them to begin to specialise. With an emphasis on sport played for pleasure for some and further opportunity to excel for others, pupils are encouraged to engage with and enjoy their chosen activities. Both Years 10 and 11 continue to have morning lessons in addition to their games afternoons.

Pupils in the Upper School receive a games afternoon where they choose from an ever greater range of activities, providing further opportunities for new experiences. With instruction offered in activities as diverse as yoga, climbing, track cycling and shooting, there is something to engage all our students. For those who are committed to co-curricular teams, the games afternoon provides an opportunity for fixtures and additional training in the pursuit of improved performance and excellence.

A level Physical Education is offered to students in the Upper School and is well-suited to those who wish to pursue the academic as well as the practical aspects of PE. The course allows pupils to explore their own performances in greater depth through video analysis and challenges them to apply psychological and physiological performance theory to optimise their performance in their chosen field. The course also encourages students to consider the far reaching impacts of sport on society.

Regardless of their starting point, we hope that every girl and boy leaves Alleyn’s with the confidence and inclination to pursue a healthy relationship with physical activity. We hope they recognise all of the mental and physical benefits this brings and are engaged and confident enough to continue their sporting journey and seek out further challenges beyond their time at school.

Alleyn's students in action during a water polo game

Alleyn's girls in action at hockey

"There are so many opportunities at Alleyn’s.  I’ve been encouraged to try a bit of everything this year and find out what activities suit me. I’ve been doing Water Polo since Year 7 and this year our team won the girls’ U13 National Finals AND the mixed team National Finals. I’m really proud of us, particularly as we were sometimes the only mixed team competing against all boys.  It just shows what you can do if you practice hard and have a good team spirit.  I also play girls’ cricket and girls’ football which I like because you get the opportunity to mix with players from other years.  There are lots of opportunities to play competitively against other schools, but also we do a lot of sport for fun, such as inter-form softball or rounders.  This year I’ve been doing discus in athletics, which is something I’ve never tried before. I’ve discovered I’m quite good at it – which has been a nice surprise!"

-Year 8 pupil