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Physical Education

Student can opt to take GCSE PE as an examination subject which is split 60% theory and 40% practical with students assessed in three practical areas. During this varied and balanced course, girls develop the ability to analyse, evaluate and improve performance in physical activity and sport.  They gain a greater understanding of the contribution that physical activity and sport make to health, fitness and well-being. In addition, students develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and learn to recognise how the physiological and psychological state affects performance. 

By developing skills and techniques and by selecting and using tactics, strategies and compositional ideas, girls increase the effectiveness of their performance in a wide range of  physical activities, both as individuals and as part of a team. 

Additionally all pupils have two 1 hour physical education sessions per week. In Year 10, pupils are taught in mixed ability groups. This will allow them to continue to develop on skills acquired in years 7-9. Lesson choices offered include: dance, netball, fitness, hockey, badminton, sports leadership, volleyball, rounders, athletics, swimming and tennis. In Year 11, pupils select from an elective, option-based programme, the activities on offer include the traditional sports and alternative activities such as volleyball and use of Nuffield Health Club. The options run in half-term blocks and different activities are offered throughout the year. Pupils are guided towards selecting a balanced option programme that runs in conjunction with national curriculum guidelines.

Challenge & Extension: There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities and clubs on offer which are designed to inspire and challenge pupils. Events for pupils selected for our challenge and extension programme, recently included a trip to Bath University with coaching from international netball players as well as  the opportunity to look around first class sports facilities.

Visitors to St Gabriel's quickly recognise that this is no ordinary school. Parents are always impressed by the sense of purpose and enthusiasm of the talented, committed staff and the confidence of the extremely happy pupils. We offer girls the opportunity for a seamless journey from Nursery through to Sixth Form, with our boys leaving us at the age of 11 for their senior schools.

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