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Physical Education

Staffing

Mr T J Burgess (Head of Department)
Mr G Rees (Head of KS3 Rugby & Racket sports)
Mr J J Norton
Mr W Taylor (DofE Manager)

The school is fortunate to have a team of dedicated, experienced and talented teachers. The department benefits from the contribution of nearly 20 other staff who teach games and manage teams within the school’s extensive extra-curricular programme.

PE Curriculum

The aim of the PE and Games curriculum is to allow pupils to gain access to a variety of activities, enabling them to enjoy and develop, promoting lifelong participation.

Students in Years 7-10 currently undertake two hours of PE and three hours of games lessons a fortnight (5 hours in total). Year 11 and VI Form Students have a 120 minute games lesson every Wednesday afternoon (4 hours per fortnight).

The Year 7 & 8 PE curriculum is broad and varied, allowing boys to experience a wide range of activities such as handball, basketball, badminton, volleyball, health and fitness, athletics, tennis and swimming. In older age groups boys will have access to sports such as volleyball, handball, basketball, health and fitness, badminton and football. The games curriculum focuses predominantly on team sports such as hockey, rugby, cricket and ultimate Frisbee. However, boys are also given the opportunity to take part in football, badminton, table tennis, volleyball, softball and aquafit throughout the year.

The options for senior games are numerous, with a wide variety of 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, three teams at U/13 and four 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, football, handball, swimming, badminton, water polo and tennis. There is a House System within school that allows all boys to contribute.

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 Department

The PE Department is proud of its comprehensive extra-curricular programme:

House Sport

The Inter-House Sports competition has a central role within the school. It incorporates a wide variety of activities 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.

Clubs

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 number of sixth form students also help and assist in running the vast array of clubs on offer.

All clubs and team practices are open to any pupil as they are designed essentially to provide enjoyment and promote the development of skills and proficiency.

School Teams

  • Rugby – 1st XV, 2nd XV, U15, U14, U13, U12 including B/C/D teams at Junior age groups
  • Hockey – 1st XI, 2nd XI, U15, U14
  • Cricket – 1st XI, 2nd XI, U15, U14, U13, U12, including B teams at Junior age groups
  • Football – 1st XI, 2nd XI
  • Tennis – Senior, U15 A&B, U13 A&B
  • Athletics – Senior, Intermediate, Junior
  • Basketball – U18, U16, U14
  • Swimming – Senior, Intermediate, Junior
  • Cross-Country – Senior, Intermediate, Junior
  • Badminton – Senior, Intermediate, Junior
  • Fencing – Open age
  • Volleyball - Open age
  • Water Polo - U18

There is a regular programme of Saturday fixtures throughout the year, together with Wednesday afternoon senior fixtures and also after school matches.

Facilities

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.
  • Six tennis courts with two-tone all-weather surface, much used as a hard play area during winter months for hockey.
  • Heated indoor 25 metre swimming pool shared with Camp Hill Girls.
  • Full-size double-sided Sports Hall, including fitness suite, dance studio and two cricket net bays.

Additionally, the department 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
  • Billesley Tennis Centre – Wednesday afternoons, 3 indoor courts for senior game
  • Birmingham University Hockey Pitches – Monday evenings for senior training
  • Olton – Hockey pitch for inter-school matches

Duke of Edinburgh

Launched in 2016, we are a certified DofE centre, offering the bronze and silver awards. We are proud that so many boys have signed up, completed and flourished in their respective DofE awards over recent years.

PE Department Trips

Annual activity trips include:

  • Year 8 outdoor adventure activities residential to Anglesey
  • Year 9 & 10 outdoor adventure activities trip to the Aosta Valley, Italy/Ardeche, France
  • Junior rugby and hockey tour
  • Senior rugby tour
  • Senior football tour
  • Ski trip
  • St David’s Rock climbing trip

Games Procedures

PE Procedures

Teams/fixtures – please access our separate Games site here