With over 40 sports on offer and 51 national titles in the past two years, the School is justifiably proud of its sporting provision and reputation. With some of the best facilities in the country, Whitgift provides all boys with a fantastic opportunity to participate, and a platform to sporting excellence.
‘Excellence through sport for all’
The philosophy of the Sports Department is:
• To provide a varied, purposeful and enjoyable Physical Education and Games programme. We aim to give every pupil the chance to achieve, thereby increasing self-esteem.
• To develop skills and identify talent, ensuring all pupils reach their potential.
• To develop a positive attitude towards Physical Education and sport, encouraging participation in post-school recreation and the pursuit of a healthy lifestyle.
The syllabus is designed to develop core skills in body management and hand-eye co-ordination, coupled with basic health and fitness understanding, including the development of a fitness profile. Topics are covered in half term blocks.
Within the Physical Education Department, we aim to use a broad range of teaching styles, to cater for all of our learners, ensuring both short and long-term success in physical activities.
Schemes of Work
Boys in Lower First follow a programme that incudes ball skills, gymnastics, swimming, circuit training, athletics and tennis. The Upper First and Lower Third boys will have the opportunity to develop their skills in swimming, circuit training, ball skills, gymnastics, athletics and racket ball. Upper Third boys will also be able to improve their badminton skills, and, in Lower Fifth, their indoor athletic skills. The Upper Fifth further provides boys with an opportunity to progress and develop in sports and physical activities, which they will benefit from post-Whitgift.
In recent years, the School has been extremely successful in national competitions, winning 93 national titles in the past five years. The highlights of the successes include winning the Under 18 indoor and outdoor national hockey titles in 2012, the Under 18 RBS Daily Mail competitions in 2010 and 2011, and both the U15 and U13 ISFA football titles in 2011. In the recent London 2012 Olympic Games, the School was very proud to see Old Whitgiftian, Lawrence Okoye, represent Great Britain in the Discus final.
The School has a proud history of taking boys away on trips and tours to develop their sporting ability, providing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Recent destinations have included Dubai, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, U.S.A, Singapore and Malaysia. There are also numerous training camps held across Europe, which provide the boys with an experience of being a professional sports performer.
With a strong Sixth Form curriculum, including A Level Physical Education and BTEC Sports Science, many boys leave Whitgift and head to leading sports universities, both within the UK and further afield.