Key Stage 3 Physical Education & Games
At Key Stage 3 teaching groups are split via form group – leading to small group sizes and individual coaching, with games afternoon’s taking place with a year group at a time.
The philosophy of the Physical Education Department is to develop pupils who strive for sporting excellence, whilst developing a genuine interest and enjoyment of physical exercise and sport, be it in a recreational or competitive manner. This aim is reflected not only in team games for which the major games are Rugby, Association Football and Cricket, but also by the opportunities to partake in sports such as: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Cross Country, Golf, Hockey, Sailing, and Volleyball. The department runs an extensive school sport programme including extra-curricular clubs and practices, as well as a large intra- house fixture calendar.
The school benefits from a large Sports Hall with indoor cricket nets, Astroturf tennis courts, and fields on site.
Key Stage 4 and GCSE Physical Education
At Key Stage 4 pupils can enjoy games afternoons as an opportunity to develop key techniques and game play within our major sports, and to represent Ewell Castle at school level.
Pupils may also elect to study GCSE Physical Education to enhance their understanding both on a practical level and in theory content as well. Developing practical performances in many sports including coaching, officiating and organising sports events are life skills the pupils will experience during the course.
AS / A2 Physical Education and Filming Pupil Performances
Pupils looking to pursue their knowledge and learning in Physical Education may choose to study A Level Physical Education through AQA examinations. Class sizes are no larger than 10 enabling both a broad and in depth learning experience. Pupils may also have an opportunity to pursue Sports Leadership Awards and are actively encouraged to take coaching qualifications where possible. Studying a Science based A Level subject may be a complement to PE but is not compulsory.
A level PE has a practical component and forms part of the non examined assessment. Any pupil choosing to take an A Level in PE will need to provide video footage, showing performances in their chosen sporting activities. The exam board suggest that each pupil has a variety of recordings of each of their chosen activities to ensure that they are able to show themselves performing at the highest level.
Ewell Castle regards school sport as a high priority and aims to provide pupils with the opportunity to compete against a number of local schools. Matches tend to take place at weekends or during Games afternoons with teams taking part in regional league, County Cups and National competitions.
Sport at Ewell Castle aims to develop life skills including sportsmanship, camaraderie, leadership and teamwork opportunities. Both the physical and psychological nature of sport also tests the pupil's confidence and creativity as well as self discipline and determination.
Ewell Castle is proud to have had a number of pupils who have gone on to compete at both national and international level.
Tours and Trips
Ewell Castle prides itself with providing the opportunity to allow pupils to experience representing the school abroad on Sports Tours. In recent years the school have played Cricket and Football in Antigua, Football in Tenerife, Rugby in Biarritz and most recently the Under 14 and 15 rugby teams toured South Wales, and the Senior 1st XV to Gloucestershire.
ECSports Academy (Tennis and Cricket)
Ewell Castle School is committed to “achieving each child’s potential”, in every aspect of their life, and we are therefore proud to announce the launch of ECSports Academy; designed to allow pupils to combine intensive specialist sports training and a first-class academic education within an integrated curriculum.
The launch of ECSports Academy sees us working in Partnership with “Tennis Avenue Academy” to inaugurate the Ewell Castle Tennis Academy, in what is the first of many sports that we hope will enable our pupils to achieve and succeed. The tennis programme at Tennis Avenue Academy in New Malden is one of the largest and most successful in the country. It boasts many players who are currently ranked nationally in the top 10 for their ages. Pupils who join the academy programme will be full members of the school community. They will all follow the core academic subjects of English, Mathematics and Science but will then have some flexibility to drop some other subjects in order to free up time to train. The actual curriculum arrangement will be bespoke to the individual in consultation with parents and coaching staff. The Ewell Castle Tennis Academy is ideally for players who are club/county standard or better. For more information contact Mr Neil Turk, Director of Sport, Ewell Castle School, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
January 2015 saw the launch of the Ewell Castle Cricket Academy under the leadership of Head of Cricket Mr N Turk. Aimed at pupils who are County level minimum playing standard, this programme will also allow pupils to have a more tailored academic timetable, to allow them to spend extra time focussing on developing their cricket ability.
|Mr N Turk BSc, GTP||Head of Department, Director of Sport and Master i/c Cricket|
|Mr G Coogan BSc, PGCE||Master i/c Rugby Union|
|Mr T White BSc, PGCE||Head of Football|
|Mr N Andrade BA, PGCE||BEd Head of Prep School PE|
|Miss Leah Wilkinson BSc, PGCE||Games Teacher and Hockey Coach|
|Mrs J Jones BSc, QTS||Girls Games Teacher|
|Mr P Edwards BSc, PGCE||Sports Professional / Teacher of Maths|
Leah Wilkinson: Hockey
We are lucky to have Miss Wilkinson on our Physical Education staff. She started playing hockey at the age of 5, received her first senior cap for Wales at age 18 and now has 97 caps. She is Vice captain of both premier league Reading Hockey Club and Wales and has played at two Commonwealth Games (2010 Delhi, 2014 Glasgow). Having competed and travelled extensively with her club and country, she is also a level 3 hockey coach and level 1 umpire.
Neil Turk: Cricket
Neil Turk graduated through the Youth System at Sussex County Cricket Club and played for them professionally before joining Ewell Castle School. Neil has extensive knowledge of the game and has worked with a number of international coaches and players throughout his career.