At King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys, Physical Education has always been at the heart of pupils’ learning and experience. We aim to nurture physical skills and self-confidence, stimulating both mind and body in an enthusiastic manner. In this way we look to provide the opportunity for all pupils to discover their capabilities, their potential and their limitations, learning how to work with and to respect others within a sound and safe environment. All school work can benefit from the stimuli within physical education, and the experience in the school environment encourages active, healthy participation out of school and on into adult life.
Mr M W Duncan (Head of Department)
Mr C M Jones
Mr T Burgess
Mr T J Watkins
Boys in Years 7 & 8 currently have two 60 minute PE lessons, one 60 minute games lesson and one 120 minute games lesson (5 hours total) per fortnight.
Boys in Years 9 & 10 have one 60 minute PE lesson, one 60 minute games lesson and one 120 minute games lesson (4 hours total) per fortnight.
Year 11 and VI Form pupils have a 120 minute games lesson every Wednesday afternoon (4 hours per fortnight).
The Year 7 & 8 curriculum currently includes rugby, cricket, athletics, basketball, tennis, swimming and a foundation skills unit. In older age groups boys are introduced to badminton, volleyball and hockey, in addition to increasing their understanding of the principles of health and fitness.
The options for senior games are numerous, with more than twelve activities to choose from. Use is made of nearby facilities at Kings Heath Squash Club, Billesley Indoor Tennis Centre, and Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre.
The main winter sport at school is rugby, although there are also two junior and two senior hockey sides that have regular fixtures. The school fields three senior rugby teams, plus two teams at U/15 and U/14, four teams at U/13 and five at U/12. The main summer sport is cricket which follows a similar pattern. Other sports in which there are inter-school matches include basketball, athletics, soccer, swimming, badminton and tennis.
There is a House System within school that allows all boys to contribute and offers many of the activities aforementioned and others as well. The House system is both vertical and horizontal and was established by the schools first Headmaster, Arthur Jamson-Smith. We celebrated its centenary in April 2008 with a House Festival day in which all staff and pupils engaged in a multitude of activities. Planning is currently in progress for the 2012 Festival in October.
Camp Hill takes great pride in its sporting achievements and all pupils are actively encouraged to play their part in what is an integral part of life at the school.
Extra Curricular Activities
The PE Department is responsible for managing a comprehensive extra curricular programme.
The Inter-House Sports competition has a central role within the school. It incorporates a total of 14 activities (many of them crossing a number of age groups) and provides a very important level of competitive, representative experience for large numbers of boys. Fixtures take place during lunch times, after school and within curriculum time. The structure applies across all age groups with the school divided into four houses. Teams are organised by House Staff, House Captains and year group captains while the entire competition is co-ordinated by the Head of PE.
Many clubs are organised in a variety of activities including fitness, badminton, chess, swimming, table tennis, volleyball and tennis. These are not simply concerned with producing school teams as such but rather to encourage widespread participation and enjoyment.
In order to facilitate this extensive programme, a vast amount of assistance and support is provided by non-specialist staff and their efforts are valued immensely and much appreciated. A programme of Sports Leadership is undertaken by a group of Year 10 pupils which also supports the provision of extra-curricular clubs.
A timetable of clubs and practices is drawn up at the start of each term and displayed on departmental notice boards. All clubs and team practices are open to any pupil as they are designed essentially to provide enjoyment and promote development of skills and proficiency.
Rugby – 1st XV, 2nd XV, 3rd XV, U16, U15, U14, U13, U12 including B/C/D/E teams at junior age groups
Hockey – 1st XI, 2nd XI, U15, U14
Cricket – 1st XI, 2nd XI, 3rd XI, U15, U14, U13, U12, including B teams at junior age groups
Soccer – 1st XI, 2nd XI
Tennis – Senior, U15 A&B, U13 A&B
Athletics – Senior, Intermediate, Junior
Basketball – U16, U14
Swimming – Senior, Intermediate, Junior
Cross-Country – Senior, Intermediate, Junior
Badminton – Senior, Intermediate, Junior
Fencing – Open age
All of these play on a regular basis as indicated in the school calendar each term. There is a regular programme of Saturday fixtures throughout the year, together with Wednesday afternoon senior fixtures and also after school matches.
On site, there are a range of facilities available:
- Spacious playing fields comprising 4 rugby pitches and training grid areas. Lower field laid out as a 300 metre grass athletics track in summer.
- One grass cricket square and one artificial wicket on the lower field enabling two matches to be played concurrently. Three artificial cricket nets, newly built in 2011.
- Six tennis courts with two-tone all-weather surface, much used as a hard play area during winter months for hockey, resurfaced in 2010.
- Heated indoor 25 metre swimming pool shared with K.E.Camp Hill Girls School and used by Camp Hill Edwardians Swimming Club in the evenings.
- Full-size double-sided Sports Hall, including fitness suite, dance studio and two cricket net bays.
- Changing areas are located in the sports hall and pavilion, both with shower facilities.
- Main storage areas are located in the sports hall and pavilion areas.
- The department possesses a Rhino scrum machine.
- The department possesses a Bola bowling machine.
- The department possesses a Sony camcorder, TV, Video and DVD player.
However, the department also makes use of numerous local clubs and leisure facilities including:
- Kings Heath Squash Club – Wednesday afternoons, 2 courts for senior games
- Cocks Moors Woods Leisure Centre – Wednesday afternoons, 8 badminton courts for senior games
- Billeseley Tennis Centre – Wednesday afternoons, 3 indoor courts for senior games
- Birmingham University Hockey Pitches – Monday evenings for senior training
- Olton – Hockey pitch for inter-school matches