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Physical Education

The school has an excellent reputation for sport and in recent years there have been a tremendous number of notable achievements. There is a strong emphasis on sport at KC, as we recognise its importance in keeping girls healthy and fit, encouraging team spirit and its ability to offer a much-needed break from the classroom. Through enjoyable and challenging experiences, KC girls develop a positive attitude towards physical activity, gain a sense of achievement and build self-confidence. We really do feel that sport helps the girls in so many positive ways and we try to instil in them the values we feel it can promote that will be the start of their building blocks for later life.

We benefit from being surrounded by 75 acres of beautiful green countryside with floodlit tennis and netball courts, lots of space for rugby, football, and rounders, as well as a demanding cross-country track and dance studio. There are two indoor sports complexes which offer multi-use courts for badminton, basketball and netball, as well as providing an excellent space for gymnastics, trampolining and a range of ECA activities as we also have our very own climbing wall. The new Sports Hall, built in 2015 as part of the School’s ambitious Sports Development Project, was opened by England’s Netball Captain, Pamela Cookey in October 2015. This new facility boasts extra teaching space, and a comfortable viewing balcony. In 2016, Kent College further developed its Sports provision with the completion of an all-weather pitch and athletics track  with a seated viewing area and floodlights, allowing the school to host matches and train on-site throughout the year. Kent College’s sports facilities also encompass a well-equipped fitness suite featuring the Technogym Wellness system.

Sports Scholarships

Sports scholarships are available to talented candidates who join the school at age 11+, 13+ and 16+, and our PE scholars play a leading role in the department. Internal candidates are also considered at 13+ and 16+. Click here for more information on PE Scholarships 

Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 

Students in Years 7 and 8 take part in 2.5 hours of timetabled PE a week and 2 hours in Year 9 and 10. The wide choice of activities ensures that they can usually find something they enjoy. Over the two years, students learn the basic skills and rules of major sports, as well as those which they may not have experienced before.The aim of PE in the lower school and Year 9 is to encourage students to take part in activities which will encourage a healthy lifestyle and to develop a passion for the activities they enjoy. Students with sporting potential are given every opportunity to compete and win at the highest level, whether it be through inter-school matches or representing their county or country. 

Year 11 and Sixth Form

All students have compulsory PE lessons which are timetabled in to their week. Each term, students have a range of activities to choose from, which include use of the on-site fitness suite, netball, hockey, trampolining, climbing wall, gymnastics, dance, swimming, fitness, badminton, lacrosse, football and touch rugby. In the summer, students also have the option of rounders, tennis and athletics. 

Sport and Wellbeing 

Pupils in Sixth Form receive two afternoons timetabled for Sport and Wellbeing. Girls are allowed to wear their own suitable active wear and choose from over 35 activities to participate in for a term. The activities offered are those that the students have asked and suggested to be included and include basketball, Gritfit camps, table tennis, trampolining, boxercise, running, street dance, lifesaving, climbing, bowling, sessions on our outdoor adventure course, yoga, mindfulness and of course our team sports. 

GCSE Physical Education

Performance in sport is concerned with movement and the course focuses on the theoretical aspects of exercise and training which facilitate co-ordinated movement.

The course content comprises of the following:

Applied anatomy and physiology 
Movement analysis          
Physical training         
Use of data          
Sports psychology         
Socio-cultural influences         
Health, fitness and well-being 
Students will be required to concentrate on three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).Students are also required to analyse and evaluate their performance to bring about improvement in one activity.Assessment comprises 2 written papers, both 1 hour and 15 minutes, each paper is worth 30% of the overall GCSE grade. The practical element of the course culminates in a moderation and this comprises 40% of the overall grade.

AS/A2 level Physical Education

(Lower & Upper Sixth) - The A Level course has been designed to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the nature of Physical Education and Sport. It provides for the development of knowledge, skills and understanding through the study of physical education and by participation in sport and physical activity. Together these will enable candidates to reflect with confidence and competence on the nature and quality of performance and be able to develop strategies for improvement.
The course content comprises of the following:       
Applied anatomy and physiology         
Skill acquisition         
Sport and society         
Exercise physiology         
Biomechanical movement          
Sport psychology         
Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport  

Students are also assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity including a written/verbal analysis of performance.Assessment comprises 2 written papers, both 2 hours long, each paper is worth 35% of the overall A Level grade. The practical element of the course culminates in a moderation and this comprises 30% of the overall grade.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The school's extra-curricular activity programme offers further opportunities for girls to participate in cricket, football, dance, athletics, trampolining, badminton, ballet, dance club, gymnastics, archery, rounders, tennis, horse-riding, fencing and the Duke of Edinburgh awards.

Click here for further information on lunchtime activities and after-school activities.

Fixtures List

The busy and varied Fixtures List for netball, hockey, swimming, badminton, rounders, cricket, tennis, athletics and cross-country provides ample opportunities for sports' enthusiasts to develop their skills and tactical awareness, as well as gaining valuable match and tournament experience. Students are also actively encouraged to attend District and County Trials.

Sports Trips

We run a Sports Tour at the start of the summer holidays every other year. This is a hugely exciting trip attracting up to 50 girls, allowing us to take 5 netball and 2 hockey teams. A large part of the tour is our involvement in outreach projects, with the tour party fundraising prior to visiting these charities. Most recently we have supported two orphanages in South Africa, and a forest conservation project for endangered Orang-utans in Malaysia, raising over £12,000.In the summer of 2018 we are taking a tour to Barbados. 

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