Aims and Ethos
Physical Education (PE) at The Study is about enjoyment, opportunities, success and celebration.
Our philosophy is all about instilling in children a love of sport and personal improvement. Girls’ successes are celebrated whether they top a ‘personal best’ in athletics, master a skill they have found difficult, or reach the finals of a national tournament. Whatever their inclination or skills level, they are encouraged to get involved and work in an environment where effort, improvement and commitment are rewarded.
PE is an important part of the all-round education offered at The Study. In each age group, pupils experience a broad programme of individual and team-based activities. The sports taught within the curriculum include athletics, cross country, gymnastics, hockey, netball, rounders and swimming.
The younger girls at Wilberforce House also have the use of the playground and the gymnasium to learn ball skills and gymnastics. At Spencer House the older girls are transported to our wonderful Sports Grounds at Beverley Meads for games afternoons, and netball, athletics, tennis and rounders training. We also occassioanally use Wimbledon Common, with its woodland paths and grassy areas, for cross country training. Weekly swimming lessons take place in the Summer Term of Year 2 and throughout Year 3.
Beyond the Classroom
We have a busy programme of after school matches against other schools. Our different ability teams emerge from the regular club training sessions where attendance and commitment are vital for those wishing to represent the school. Our sports teams also compete in local and national tournaments, and we are proud of our successes, often at national level, particularly in athletics, cross country and netball. There are further opportunities for sporting competition in year group matches against other schools and inter-house matches.
The Study’s PE Department provides plenty of opportunities, both within the school day and through a variety of extra-curricular clubs, to encourage a ‘sports for all’ ethos; the emphasis is on girls having fun and doing their personal best.