PHYSICAL EDUCATION OVERVIEW
At Queen Anne’s, we teach Physical Education (PE) to develop physical competence and knowledge, to promote a positive attitude towards physical activity and to encourage values of cooperation, leadership, teamwork, sportsmanship and respect. We aim to meet each individual pupil’s needs through a wide range of activities and teaching styles and look to promote an understanding of realistic goal setting within PE and an ability to identify personal strengths and weaknesses.
Queen Anne’s offers excellent sporting facilities which reflect the school’s strong sporting ethos and emphasis on physically educating all its pupils. For us, excellence and inclusion in sport is essential to the well-being and development of the pupils.
Some of our pupils go on to represent their country and many go on to represent their county, or join a club to compete regularly having left school. The small class sizes and expertise within the PE department ensures the level of ability of all pupils is catered for and encouraged.
PE is compulsory throughout the school. Our performance sports are lacrosse, netball, tennis and dance followed closely by the development sports of athletics, rowing, swimming and trampolining. At senior level, girls have a broad option choice of activities from the traditional competitive sports to zumba and yoga. We expect all girls across all year groups to make of the excellent fitness facilities.
In addition to our curriculum, PE sports clubs are offered throughout the week, including early in the morning, at lunchtimes, or after school to improve performance. For example: early morning fitness; early morning swim training; netball shooting clinic; lacrosse goal, keeping and stickwork clinics; dance academy; rowing ergo training; tennis training and athletics training. As part of the Saturday Morning Programme, additional recreational activities are offered including badminton, climbing, fitness, recreational tennis, rounders, trampolining, and zumba. These are open to all pupils, whatever their age or level of ability.
Queen Anne’s fields teams in lacrosse, netball, tennis, cross-country, athletics, swimming, rowing and trampolining as well as junior and senior dance companies. There is a strong House Competition structure which gives even more pupils the opportunity to experience playing in a team. Pupils can also arrange to take dance examinations through extra dance lessons or have tennis or squash coaching in addition to normal PE lessons.
We organise sports tours and dancers have the opportunity to perform on the stage at several external venues, as well as in the annual dance show.
Dance is a thriving department and offers many opportunities for girls to develop or begin their dance training.
We offer ISTD dance lessons in ballet, tap and modern up to vocational level. These are a popular choice of lesson for those wishing to work towards examinations and to learn and develop their technique and performance skills. There are three examination sessions held at school per academic year.
The Department also runs thirteen dance clubs per week at present. With a varied programme from ballet, to Jazz and contemporary to street dance there is something for everyone!
We hold numerous in-house performances from progress showcases, A level and GCSE dance examination work to performing at speech day and with our fellow colleagues in the music department. Along with these opportunities the dance department produce a very popular annual dance show offering all girls who dance the opportunity to perform.
There is a successful dance company, named Twilight dance company, the members range from Lower Fours up to Sixth Form. The members rehearse weekly and perform at a variety of dance performances throughout the year such as Lift Off Dance festival, Red Cross; Make Your Move and Dance world Cup.
The school boasts a fully-equipped, four badminton court sports centre incorporating a brand new, state-of-the-art fitness suite, two dance studios, a squash court and a climbing wall together with a large multi-purpose room frequently used for match teas as well as for zumba and yoga. Other facilities include a 25m, 5 lane, indoor swimming pool, six netball courts which convert into 10 tennis courts in the summer and five lacrosse pitches which convert into a 400metre athletics track.
WHICH CURRICULUM WOULD YOU LIKE TO VIEW?
Queen Anne’s now has its own Boat Club. Our senior team trains on the water three times a week and has additional fitness sessions, during after school activities. We regularly compete at National School’s Regatta and Women’s Henley. Our club gives our students the opportunity to compete against other school boat clubs and universities throughout the year. The program at our school not only allows our students to manage their time effectively to help them with their academics, it has also given our athletes fantastic opportunities to head to university overseas, where we have created strong links with some top universities.
We have a dedicated Sports Fixture website, www.qassport.org.uk where you can find a full list of sports fixtures. Girls are advised that matches are subject to change and should consult the PE noticeboard.
If you are unable to attend a fixture, please email the relevant Head of Sport.
For the Gifted and Talented there are, above and beyond the extensive fixture list and squad training program, further opportunities to refine skills in specific clinics and through links with external clubs. We offer residential sports trips, overseas tours and opportunities for dancers to perform on the stage at several venues.
We offer one-on-one support to the top sports performers, providing them with fitness, nutritional and sports psychology advice. The aim is to ensure that they manage to balance their training requirements with their academic commitments, in order to maintain a healthy, balanced lifestyle.
We offer more in depth understanding of the theory behind training and performance through GCSE PE or dance, and A Level PE or dance.
Queen Anne’s is well known for very high standards in a range of sports. Scholars will be expected to contribute fully to the busy programme of training and fixtures offered at the school. The students must be available for selection at school team level and will be given the opportunity to play at county, regional and national level in their chosen sports.
In addition to the sports scholarship, Queen Anne’s is able to offer specialist awards for those girls who excel in one sport only. Typically this would be one of Queen Anne’s key sports such as lacrosse, netball, tennis, dance athletics, swimming and rowing. These are open to students at 11+ and 13+ entry levels.
Director of Sport: Mrs Nicola Burley
Second in Department, Head of Lacrosse & Tennis: Miss Rachael O’Brien
Head of Netball: Miss Anna Marsh
Head of Dance: Mrs Vicky Powell
Head of Swimming: Mr Gary Blunt
Head of Rowing: Mrs Natasha Townsend
PE: Ms Leticia Consiglio
PE: Mrs Sophie Birbeck
PE: Miss Aimee Rutherford
PE: Mrs Sara Shuler
PE: Miss Melanie White
PE: Mrs Allison Valner
Teachers of Dance: Miss Sansone & Miss Marsh
Elite Sports Coach: Mrs Allison Valner
Rowing Coach: Mr Morgan
Tennis: Mr Richard Knight, Mr David Vaughan & Mr Paul Wardel
Trampoline: Miss Hannah Lawton
Zumba: Ms Anna Monita
PlayerLayer supply our PE and team sports kit. They provide the school with top quality performance wear including numbered lacrosse shirts and netball patch tops. They also supply the very popular long padded jackets and short sports jackets.
Items to purchase will be organised via collections for year groups and to help explain what pupils in each year group require, a Queen Anne’s Sports Kit booklet is now available. PlayerLayer have also put together a welcome letter which outlines ordering deadlines and provides contact details for any queries which parents may have as well as a dedicated page for Queen Anne’s on the PlayerLayer website.