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Solihull School

Solihull School

Sport, Health & Fitness

Staff

  • Mr S J Thompson (Director of Sport)
  • Mrs D Wana (Head of Academic PE)
  • Mr D Brotherhood (Head of Health & Fitness)
  • Mrs T A Gallagher (Teacher of Sport)
  • Mr N W S Leonard (Teacher of Sport)
  • Miss B Cobden (Teacher of Sport)
  • Mr B Richmond (Head of Rugby)
  • Mr N Adams (Rugby Coach)
  • Mr C Joyce (Rugby Coach)
  • Mr C I Mayer (Head of Hockey)
  • Mrs J Sixsmith (Hockey Coach)
  • Mr A Raza (Hockey Coach)
  • Mrs K A Baden (Head of Netball)
  • Mr D L Maddy (Head of Cricket)

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

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 three squash courts. Outside, there are two floodlit artificial turf pitches, five netball courts (two recently resurfaced), four hard Tennis courts, a climbing wall and a 60 x 12 metre tartan multi-event athletics area. In addition, extensive playing fields accommodate five rugby pitches, two junior school football pitches, a grass 400m track and four permanent cricket squares. These are complemented by three artificial and three grass nets, as well as four 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.

Curriculum

Core Activities

Year

PE Activities

Games Activities

Thirds

(Yr 7)

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

Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Tennis.

Shells

(Yr 8)

Swimming, Basketball, Gymnastics*, Dance, Athletics.

Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Cricket, Tennis.

Fourths

(Yr 9)

Swimming, Basketball, Fitness, Athletics.

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

Lower Fifth (Yr 10)

Personal Survival, Badminton, Fitness, Athletics.

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

Upper Fifth (Yr 11)

Life Saving, Badminton, Fitness, Athletics.

See options below.

Sixth Form (Yr 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.

 

Trips and Visits

Pupils who excel in sport will have ample opportunity to visit many towns and cities around the West Midlands and across the UK in various events and fixtures. There is also the opportunity for extremely talented pupils to travel abroad with our Sport, Health & Fitness Department to compete at an international level.

Various sports tours are offered each year and give pupils the opportunity to explore different cultures, gain independence away from home and make lifelong memories. Younger year group tours tend to be short haul to various popular European destinations; our October half term hockey tour to Holland is always popular, in 2022 we took 150 children. Older age groups travel further afield every other summer, recent tours have taken pupils to South Africa, Barbados, Dubai, Sri Lanka and Australia.

 

Co-curricular Activities

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

 

aCADEMIC PE AT A LEVEL

We follow the OCR A Level PE Specification.

Studying A Level Physical Education will give a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only do our pupils have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the practical assessment component, they will also develop a wide-range of knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

This course prepares pupils for the further study of PE or Sports Science courses as well as other related subject areas such as Psychology, Sociology and Biology. Pupils also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry.

We also provide the opportunity to complete the QSL.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PHYSICAL EDUCATION AT A LEVEL

Destinations

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 as well as Nutrition, Sports and Exercise and Sports Technology.

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