Physical Education

Positive attitudes towards participation in Physical Activity

Philosophy and Approach

The department aims to promote positive attitudes towards participation in Physical Activity and Sport.

Through the broad curriculum and extra curricular programme, we aim to encourage each pupil to develop their potential, whether at a recreational or competitive level.

Students also develop leadership skills, cooperative strategies, self management and outsetting skills. Girls in Year 11, 12 and 13 have the opportunity to experience an even wider variety of physical activities, including, yogalates, outdoor games, use of the fitness suite, high impact aerobics, street dance and zumba.

This is an exciting time for Sport at Channing as we enjoy the exceptional facilities offered by our brand new Sports Hall, which includes four badminton courts, an adjoining fitness suite and modern changing rooms.

Our fabulous new facilities enable us to expand on the already wide-ranging programme of physical education at Channing. The School has a growing reputation for success in Netball, and we employ professional coaches for this and many other sports. Regular matches are held against other schools and there are teams in each year.

Facilities include:

  • Large floodlit outdoor court area
  • A full size football pitch (used for athletics and rounders in the summer), 10 minute walk from school
  • A 4 badminton court indoor hall
  • A fitness suite


The curriculum encompasses a range of traditional sports, as well as fitness, outdoor and adventurous activities and athletics.

The games programme for years 11,12 and 13 offers pupils the opportunity to select from a wide range of activities including zumba, military fitness, yogalates, trampolining as well as traditional games such as netball. The programme aims to introduce pupils to news ways of exercising in order to promote lifelong participation.

In years 7 to 10 pupils undertake a balanced programme of activities, which prepares them to make an informed decision when they select options as they progress through the school. Games fitness and athletics are all taught in depth throughout the Middle School and into year 10. PE activities include netball, hockey, basketball, gymnastics, trampolining, fitness, dance, badminton, volleyball, athletics, tennis and rounders.

Bronze Duke of Edinburgh

Girls are introduced to Outdoor and Adventurous Activities. Pupils learn the skills necessary to undertake a self-sufficient expedition at Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Level (camp-craft, map and compass skills, navigation, route planning, cooking and first aid). Every summer year 9 travel to the New Forest to complete this expedition and to take part in numerous adventure activities. Girls then have the options to complete their bronze Duke of Edinburgh by completing an additional expedition and three months of a sport, skill and community service.