Physical Education

The quality of teaching and coaching at Queen Elizabeth's School offers boys the opportunity to achieve School, county, divisional and national honours in major sports. We expect boys to strive for such honours through determination and commitment, which includes involvement in mid-week and Saturday practices and fixtures.

Representative teams are fielded in: rugby (A, B, C and D XVs); cricket (A, B and C XIs); athletics (A, B and C teams), cross-country (A, B and C strings); basketball; swimming and water-polo. Inter-school fixtures take place mid-week and on most Saturdays in the Autumn, Spring and Summer terms.

A full programme of inter-house matches underpins the School teams and gives more boys the opportunity to gain representative honours. All boys in both Key Stage 3 and 4 represent their house in two or more house sports activities.

The QE timetable includes three types of PE lessons:

  • '180 games', in which boys across the whole year are grouped by ability. These double lessons sometimes incorporate fixtures involving house teams, teams within sets or matches against other schools. Top-set boys are expected to carry on with school practices after school on '180 games' afternoons, as well as attending another practice during the week.
  • '90 games', (which are double periods), where boys remain in their form groups and receive mixed-ability tuition in Year 7; pupils are then placed into sets in Year 8 and above.
  • Single PE lessons, in which mixed-ability groups enjoy activities aimed at developing boys' cognitive, affective and psychomotor skills, include indoor ball games, fitness and swimming aimed at improving confidence and competence in the water. 
  • Boys in Years 10 and 11 will be given the opportunity to complete the short course or full course Physical Education GCSE and this is split into two sections: The Theory of Physical Education (worth 70%) and Performance in Physical Education (worth 30%).

Years 7 and 8 have three hours of games and PE each week, while for Years 9-11, the total is two-and-a-half hours. Pupils in Years 10 and 11 may choose to take the optional Junior Sports Leaders Award. In the Sixth Form, 180 games and working towards the Community Sports Leadership Award are both optional.

QE has many extra-curricular opportunities in sport.

Boys participate in national, regional and county sporting competitions in sports including: athletics; basketball; cricket; cross-country; Eton Fives; rugby; swimming; tennis and water-polo.

There are annual rugby and cricket tours for more senior pupils such as the Year 9 Holland rugby tour and the Sri Lanka rugby and cricket tour (every two years) and an annual Year 7 trip to Twickenham to watch the Varsity Match. Every February half-term, we also run a skiing trip.

QE sports clubs include a weekly Fitness and Weights Club, beginners' Swimming, Water Polo, Volleyball, Athletics, Table Tennis and Tennis club. In addition, we have links to local athletics, rugby, cricket, water-polo and tennis clubs.

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