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Physical Education

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

Students 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.

Key Stage 3 PE lessons involve a variety of practical modules such as, 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.

GCSE and A Level PE

At GCSE level (following the Edexcel board), the syllabus is divided into theoretical (60%) and practical (40%) components. Students will learn about the variety of benefits that can be gained from leading a healthy active lifestyle alongside improving their practical performance in a range of physical activities.

At A Level (following the Edexcel board), the course is split into theoretical units (70%) alongside practical and coursework units (30%). Central to the study of Physical Education at A level is the development of health and fitness, and an understanding of the place of sport in today’s society. Implicit within this is the requirement to participate and perform practically in a chosen sport or activity.

Students have the opportunity to attend lectures and visit Sports Science institutions where they can observe and undertake laboratory-testing procedures. Furthermore, guest speakers from a variety of sports and health industries visit Pangbourne to broaden the students’ knowledge and understanding while offering contemporary insights and examples.


Meet the Teachers

Mr Sam Hewick - Head of PE

BA (Hons) in Physical Education with QTS - University of Brighton, and MSc in Education (Teaching and Learning) - University of Bristol

Mr Chris Sandbach - Director of Sport, Teacher of Physical Education

BA (Hons) PGCE 

Mr Richard Follett - Teacher of PE, Head of Key Stage 3, Teacher of Geography, Head of Rowing

BA (Hons) Geography and Sports Science, University of Liverpool, PGCE PE and Geography, University of Birmingham and Diploma in Sports Psychology, Newcastle College

Mr Alex Hawthorn - PE NQT

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

Mr Daniel Colquhoun - TA/Sportsperson in Residence

BSc (Hons) Sport and Physical Education - Cardiff Metropolitan University

Miss Philippa Sanders - PGCE PE and Assistant Housemistress of Illawarra

BSc Sports Science and Management - Nottingham Trent University

Mr Ben Sainsbury - TA/Sportsperson in Residence

BSc Sports Development and Coaching, University of Gloucestershire

Mr Robert Fogery - TA/Sportsperson in Residence

BSc Strength and Conditioning Science - St Mary's University Twickenham