Physical Education

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Independent schools have traditionally recognised the importance of sport when it comes to a child's development.

Hardly a day goes by where any given pupil will not engage in some kind of physical activity, whether it be a PE lesson, a 'games' lesson, a swimming lesson, a dance lesson, or one of the myriad of sports on offer during 'options lessons' or 'evening activities'.

The wonderful thing about Bede's is that swimming lessons are taught by a swimming specialist, tennis by a tennis specialist and dance by a dance specialist. Games lessons involve various qualified coaches from across the Trust.

This means that the PE lessons really can concentrate on a child's physical education. We can look at the importance of health and how to keep fit. We can look at training methods used by top athletes and explore ways in which fitness can be maintained once pupils have left school.

We will nurture creativity and aesthetics through gymnastics and trampolining and we will see just how far and how fast the human body can run, jump and throw in athletics.

We may leave the traditional team games to the games lessons, but this does not stop us in PE from exploring exciting indoor sports such as basketball, volleyball and badminton.

As teachers we are here to educate and at Bede's a pupil's physical education is an important part of the whole Bede's experience!

Chris Atherton
It is the pupils that make my job so enjoyable. Every day they make me smile and it is only fair that I give them all I can in return.

Chris Atherton, Head of Physical Education, Head of Rugby and Head of Athletics

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It is the pupils that make my job so enjoyable. Every day they make me smile and it is only fair that I give them all I can in return.

Chris Atherton, Head of Physical Education and Head of Rugby

My passion for learning dates from my own primary school teacher! Since that point I have never stopped wanting to learn and to teach, having done so everywhere from Kent to Japan.

Simon Gisby, Teacher of Science and Physical Education and Year 5 Form Teacher

I am motivated not only by an infectious love of sport but also by a desire to see as many children as possible physically and mentally empowered.

Petch Lenham, Head of Prep School Hockey and Cricket and Head of Senior Girls' Cricket