To provide a benefits driven sporting programme which supports universal advantages to all pupils, based on a breadth of activities, all delivered through a high standard of teaching and coaching in a quality controlled environment.
We aim to engage and challenge all pupils to be their best self through a breadth and depth of sports and physical activities. Sport, PE and physical activity has the capacity to enrich lives, by building physical and mental health, and boosting academic achievement. Whilst we all like to win, and it is motivating to do so, our primary aim as educators is to increase emotional resilience through sport, as well as promoting proactivity and enjoyment.
Our approach is very much in line with the latest research recommendations of early sports diversification and late specialisation. This ensures that a wider pattern of movements, skills and knowledge are developed, leading to well-rounded athletes who possess the movement strategies that are transferable across multiple sporting environments. In fact, it is thought that the number of training hours required to achieve elite performance is inversely proportional to the number of sports played during adolescence.
A recent consensus statement in the British Journal of Sports Medicine on reducing the risk of burnout and injury in youth sport, encourages the diversity of sports training during early to middle adolescence, alongside structured physical training programmes. Additionally, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association in America highlights the importance of physical conditioning programmes and delayed sport specialisation, to reduce the risk of paediatric injury.
Therefore, in most cases, keeping a wider participation across a breadth of sports is beneficial for long term success and wellbeing.
Benefits of PE, Sport and Physical Activity (Review of Literature by Loughborough University 2010)
The PE curriculum enables students to try and gain a level of competence in a wide range of activities – a practice that is proven to engender active habits for life, as well as helping to avoid sporting specialism too early. Curricular sport is taught by a team of experienced and dedicated specialist teachers.
In addition, there are several recreational clubs at lunch, after school and at weekends, allowing students to further extend their sporting experience.
Representative sport is perhaps the most visible part of the sporting life of the college, and we believe it provides a valuable opportunity to teach students the importance of responsibility, team work, perseverance and resilience. As such, we wish to provide every pupil with the opportunity to represent the school competitively, within both team and individual sports, in a regular pattern of fixtures, as well as within our half termly inter-house sports competitions. Opportunities to represent the school competitively exist in over twenty different sports.
The College possesses a group of highly committed and experienced coaching staff who use a range of teaching styles and create a player centred environment to develop the sporting performance of all students, whether they are just beginning to access a new sport, or performing at an international level.
Queen’s College has recently been ranked the 16th best independent sports school in the country, and the 2nd best in the South West, by School Sports Magazine.
Our hockey teams have reached the national finals or the last eight, on nine occasions in the last five years, and we have had four full England Hockey Internationals in 2016 alone. Our success is not just limited to hockey though, with international performers in swimming, cross country, polo, canoe polo and bobsleigh this year. In addition, cricket, rugby, athletics, fencing, triathlon, biathle, equestrian and tennis are all represented at regional or national academy levels by our existing students.
We are committed to providing top class support to our high performing athletes. As such, our Elite Performance Athletes are invited to work one on one with our Head of Strength and Conditioning, and in consultation with the relevant Head of Sport, will ensure that the athlete is developing both physically, psychologically and technically throughout their time at Queen’s.
From September 2016, a number of athletes from Year 10 upwards will be invited to become part of the Sports Performance Programme. This programme will support athletes working towards high performance, through the development of a structured physical training programme and termly meetings with their mentor.
We run a monthly Hockey Academy for gifted and talented players in Years 5 -10, under the watchful eye of our South African Olympian Director of Hockey, Ian Haley. These sessions are also open to talented hockey players in the local area. Please contact Ian Haley firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Our Cricket Academy is run by our Director of Cricket and former Somerset CCC player, Arul Suppiah, and Mark Davis, former Somerset and England A cricketer. Please contact Arul Suppiah email@example.com for further information.
At Queen's we are fortunate in being able to provide some of the best sporting facilities in the South West. Our superbly maintained playing fields extend to over 30 acres and provide 7 rugby pitches, 6 cricket squares, a 400m grass athletics track and 5 rounders pitches. We also have 2 astro-turf pitches providing us with superb hockey facilities, 22 tennis courts, 6 outdoor cricket nets and 4 outdoor netball courts.
Within the indoor sports complex we have a large sports hall, an indoor 18m swimming pool, and a dedicated strength and conditioning gymnasium which includes 18 cardiovascular stations and a substantial free weights area.
We currently offer the opportunity to study Physical Education at both GCSE and A Level with the AQA exam board.
We are also considering offering a BTEC Sport Extended Diploma in September 2017, in addition to the GCSE and A Level PE.
Sports Scholarships are available for talented performers who will make a significant contribution to sport at Queen’s College, at 11+, 13+ and 16+.
More details are available from Admissions, but please feel free to contact the Director of Sport, Simon Copeland firstname.lastname@example.org directly to discuss further.