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Solihull School

Solihull School

Physical Education & Games


  • Mr S.J. Thompson (Director of Sport)
  • Miss D. Wana (Head of Physical Education, Academic and Curriculum)
  • Mr S.R. Hifle (1st XV Coach)
  • Mr N.W.S. Leonard (CO of the CCF)
  • Mrs K. Baden 
  • Mrs Z. Patching-Jones
  • Mr C.I. Mayer (Hockey Professional)
  • Mr W.M.S.M Murray (Hockey Professional)
  • Mrs J. Sixsmith (Hockey Professional)
  • Mrs H.E.P. Smith (Netball Professional)
  • Mr D.L. Maddy (Head of Games & Cricket Professional)

Part Time Staff

  • Mr D. Smith (Cricket)
  • Mrs P. Cropper (Athletics & Fitness)
  • Mr. S. Smith (Strength & Conditioning)
  • Mr B. Morrisey (Psychologist)
  • Mr P. Evans (Physiotherapist)
  • Mr S. Kiernan (Badminton)
  • Mr R. Aldis (Fencing)
  • Mr R. Floyd (Swimming)

In addition to the above, the department is assisted in the delivery of Games afternoons and the running of teams by many of the academic staff.


Facilities at the school are excellent with indoor areas comprising of a sports hall with multi-gym gallery, indoor heated swimming pool, rifle range and 3 squash courts. Outside, there are 3 Netball courts which have been recently resurfaced (4 hard Tennis courts), a large floodlit astro-turf playing area and a 60 x 12 metre tartan multi-event athletics area. In addition, extensive playing fields accommodate 5 rugby pitches, 2 junior school football pitches, a grass 400m track and 4 permanent cricket squares. These are complemented by 3 artificial and 3 grass nets, as well as 4 artificial playing strips. The Alan Lee Sports Pavilion opened in 2003 and provides ample changing areas, in addition to A Level teaching rooms and post-match hospitality and meeting areas.


Core Physical Education and Games


PE Activities

Games Activities


Swimming, Fitness, Basketball, Badminton, Gymnastics*, Dance, Athletics.

Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Tennis.


Swimming, Basketball, Gymnastics*, Dance, Athletics.

Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Tennis.


Swimming, Basketball, Fitness, Athletics.

Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Tennis, Watersports.


Personal Survival, Badminton, Fitness, Athletics.

Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Tennis, Watersports.


Life Saving, Badminton, Fitness, Athletics.

See options below.

12 & 13

Wednesday afternoon Games, in conjunction with Year 11. Options include: Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Rounders, Football, Cross Country, Squash, Tennis, Badminton, Weight Training, Gym sessions, Table Tennis, Climbing, Golf, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Watersports, Athletics, Lacrosse, Softball.


We follow the Edexcel specification. Selected pupils complete the course in the LV. The practical element is worth 60% of the final grade, with theoretical work being 40%.

Sixth Form

We follow the Edexcel AS and A2 specification. The course consists of 4 separate units covering both practical and theoretical content. We also provide the opportunity to complete both the CSLA and HSLA Courses.

Co-curricular Activities

Stretch and Challenge

The department runs various discussion sessions related to current sporting issues. All students are encouraged to analyse and evaluate their own sporting performances using a Gamebreaker computer program.

Solihull School also has vast amount of co-curricular sporting clubs for pupils to get involved with. Find out more about Co-curricular sport. 

Trips and Visits

In recent years students have had the opportunity to visit Loughborough and Birmingham Universities as part of the A Level Course. Guest speakers have recently included David Oliver (USA Track and Field athlete of the year 2011). Pupils who excel in sport will have ample opportunity to visit many towns and cities around the West Midlands and the UK in various events. There is also the opportunity for extremely talented pupils to travel abroad with our sport department to compete at an international level.


In recent years students have gone on to train in physiotherapy at Loughborough University and also to study Sports Science at Exeter, Leeds and Nottingham University amongst others.

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