Boys Hockey at Cranbrook School

PE and Games

Welcome to the PE Department.

Our recently appointed Head of Rugby is Mr Tom Hillier and we are assisted in girls’ games by Mrs Maxine Ward.  Mr Kevin Coleman runs the Basketball, Mr Hulbert is our specialist cricket coach and Mr Alun Brown offers Rowing in the sixth form.  We are able to run a large and successful sports programme and extensive fixture list.   This would be impossible to run without the support from many academic teachers, graduate students, gap students, coaches, volunteer parents, as well as paid coaches, umpires, volunteer referees from CRFC and local specialist dance and yoga teachers. We are hugely grateful to everyone that gets involved and gives their time and energy to enable our students to have such a range of clubs, experiences and opportunities.

The aim of Physical Education and games lessons are to provide stimulating, varied and enriching practical experience.  The intent is to embed an understanding of the importance and significance of exercise and sport for a healthy lifestyle and to instil a passion for an activity that can be life enhancing in many ways.

A varied programme is offered with the hope that all students can find a physical activity that they can enjoy and pursue beyond school. Classes hugely benefit from the wide range of facilities at Cranbrook which include a sports hall; a state of the art CV and Weights gyms; dance studio; outdoor swimming pool; squash courts; astro-turf hockey pitch and extensive playing fields.

Every student at KS3 and KS4 is timetabled for one PE lesson per week, as well as a double games afternoon.  KS5 have games only.  During PE lessons students cover a range of activities, including Health & Fitness activities, Fitness Testing, Dance, Athletics and Swimming.  Games activities include Basketball, Badminton, Volleyball, Short tennis, Football and striking/fielding games with a focus on skill development.  In games sessions the traditional team games are offered – Rugby, Hockey (girls and boys), Netball, Tennis, Rounders and Cricket. Additional options for the students in games can include basketball, football, squash, dance, aerobics, weight training, cardiovascular training, yoga, running and for sixth form rowing at Bewl water.

There is an emphasis on Health Related Fitness and the aim here is to develop the understanding of the importance of exercise for long-term physical and mental wellbeing.  From Year 9 onwards, students have the opportunity to be inducted in the CV gym and from Year 11 in the weights gym. They are able to use the gym independently during supervised sessions after school and in games.

Dance is taught predominantly in lessons at KS3 and developed through extra-curricular clubs throughout the Autumn and Spring terms. Class work, club pieces and original compositions are performed in our annual show ‘DanSing’ held in November.

The PE department also run an extensive extra-curricular programme which aims to provide opportunities for as many students as possible to be able to participate in physical activities, develop skills, let off steam, try new activities or pursue excellence.

The lessons learnt in PE and games include many life skills, which ensure that positive social, moral, spiritual and cultural development is instilled.  Responsibility, team work, leadership, independence, work ethic, positive attitude, commitment, developing resilience, learning from mistakes, working within the constraints of rules and behaving appropriately to name a few!

Having a go and getting stuck in is the key to enjoyment in this subject.  Whether you are competitive, creative, enjoy a challenge or just like being active – there is something for everyone.  Enjoy!!

Mrs Elizabeth Coleman, Head of Sport : colemane@cranbrook.kent.sch.uk

Girls Netball