Physical Education

The Physical Education (PE) Department at Pangbourne aims to help students understand the science and preparation behind their performances.

Pupils are able to study the scientific, political and economic factors that play such a vital role in the preparation of elite athletes from all corners of the world.

The Department caters for students who have varying ranges of experience and ability, and aims to make lessons enjoyable, energetic and rewarding. Studying PE enables pupils to develop the knowledge and skills required to maintain fitness levels, while gaining insights into the ever-developing, competitive world of sport.

The Department is based in the Sports Centre and has access to the Sports Hall, the strength and conditioning suite, six rugby pitches, five tennis and netball courts, four cricket squares, two grass hockey pitches, two grass football pitches, a 400-metre grass running track, a 25-metre outdoor swimming pool, an astro turf hockey pitch and a classroom.

PE lessons are taken four times a week and the subject is compulsory for Forms 1-3 who undertake practical modules of health-related fitness, basketball, badminton, gymnastics, dance, swimming, tennis and athletics.

The modules are designed to build self-esteem, enhance physical, social and cognitive development, and improve all-round academic achievement. Students are taught the importance of exercise in pursuit of a healthy, active lifestyle and develop general physical fitness by increasing speed, flexibility, muscular strength, muscular endurance and aerobic fitness.

At GCSE level (following the Edexcel board), the syllabus is divided into theoretical (40%) and practical (60%) components which enables pupils to improve their performance, coaching, officiating and organisational skills in a range of physical activities.

Elite athletes visit Pangbourne as guest speakers to broaden the students’ knowledge base and educational trips are arranged.

At A Level (following the Edexcel board), the course is split into theoretical coursework (50%) and practical units (50%). The emphasis is on the theory and the coursework, and its application in order to optimise performance.

Pupils have the opportunity to attend lectures and visit Sports Science institutions where they can observe and undertake laboratory-testing procedures.

Guest speakers often visit Pangbourne to lecture or run workshops, pupils have access to the Sports Science library which are well-stocked with relevant magazines and journals, and there are termly sports movie nights too.

The Department
Miss Liana Smith Head of PE
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise, Nottingham Trent University and GTP-qualified
Mr Chris Sandbach

Director of Sport

BA (Hons) PGCE 

Mr Richard Follett Teacher of PE
BA (Hons) Geography and Sports Science, University of Liverpool, PGCE PE and Geography, University of Birmingham and Diploma in Sports Psychology, Newcastle College
Mr Charlie Sutton       

Teacher of PE 
BSc (Hons) Sports Science, Durham University and PGCE Physical Education, University of Exeter

Mr Alex Hawthorn

Sportsperson in Residence
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Nottingham Trent University

Mr Michael Salmon Sportsperson in Residence 
BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, Cardiff Metropolitan University