At Lady Margaret School we have a long tradition of sporting excellence, specialist teaching and coaching. The girls have a diverse range of sporting opportunities both during the school day and as part of their extra-curricular life. They learn the physical skills associated with their particular sports and also the more important lesson about healthy living, the power to be found in teams, fair play and how to be gracious in victory and dignified if defeated. Physical Education is compulsory for students in Year 7-11.
This year we received the Gold Award from School Games for our commitment, engagement and delivery of competitive sports in schools.
Key Stage 3 – Years 7, 8 and 9
The Physical Education Department aims to introduce a broad range of learning opportunities in order to develop both physical and personal qualities in all students. The physical qualities focus on improving fitness, practical skills and co-ordination. The personal qualities establish creativity, fair play, an awareness of safety and hygiene, and the motivation of the students as an independent learner. In all activities, students are given opportunities to plan and evaluate their own performance and the performance of other students in order to recognise their weaknesses and build on their strengths. Activities taught throughout the year: invasion games, net/wall games, health-related exercise (HRE), gymnastics, dance, athletics and striking and fielding games. The range and content of the curriculum encompasses:
- Use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual game
- Development of technique and improving their performance in other competitive sports.
- Analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best.
- Take part in competitive sports and activities outside school through community links or sports clubs.
Key Stage 4 – Years 10, 11
The range of activities on offer will enable students to enjoy physical exercise and understand its value and contribution towards health and wellbeing. We aim to improve skill level, success and achievement and provide the opportunity to develop both as an individual and as part of a team. We hope students learn to enjoy exercise as part of a healthy lifestyle and continue to participate in sport and value the importance of health and fitness into adult life.
In accordance with the national curriculum guidelines/requirements at Key Stage 4, students should develop knowledge, skill and understanding in at least two activities chosen from games, athletics, outdoor and adventurous or dance type activities. Students are given the choice of a number of activities in order to design their own programme.
In school, there are facilities for badminton, dance, basketball, fitness, yoga, tennis, rounders and netball. We use local parks to provide opportunities for lacrosse, rugby, football, orienteering, ultimate frisbee and athletics. Students have the opportunity to work with external coaches in some of these activities. As well as providing expert help, this introduces students to local clubs and facilities where they can continue with PE and Sport outside school.