We put a high value on physical fitness and offer many different sports, either as part of the regular curriculum or as part of our extensive extracurricular programme. Through personal success, pupils are encouraged to develop a lifelong interest in physical activity and adopt a positive attitude towards their own and other people’s participation.
We have specialist teachers providing expertise and every pupil will experience PE through a well-balanced programme which includes challenge, competition, the aesthetic movement, teamwork and physical fitness.
Swimming and PE lessons
All the girls have three hours of physical activity lessons per week. These include swimming and a variety of other traditional sports such as tennis, hockey, athletics and netball. They are taught by school-specialist PE and swimming staff. Pupils take part very successfully in inter-school matches against other prominent independent schools.
In addition, outdoor and adventure activities, such as simple orienteering, map skills and team games, take place when opportunities arise. There are also physical challenge residential courses arranged for pupils in Years 4 and 5.
The House system plays an important part in the PE programme. Occasionally House competitions are arranged within lessons between members of one class, but each half term a bigger competition is organised in one sport. This may involve, for example, the whole of Key Stage 2 or just Years 5 and 6, depending on the activity. Every pupil participates in these competitions, regardless of ability so that each girl can experience playing as part of a team in a competitive environment. Each member of Year 6 will have the opportunity to be captain of their team for one of these competitions so that they all experience the responsibility of leadership and of organising their team.
We are a member of AJIS (Association of Junior Independent Schools) and compete in all their sporting events which are often attended by between 20 - 25 schools from around the North West. We have achieved considerable success in the last few years, boasting numerous swimming and athletics gold, silver and bronze medallists. Last year we were also Cheshire U11 hockey champions and north hockey finalists. We also were 1st and 2nd in the Chester and District Relay Swimming Gala and National Finalists in Sheffield in the primary schools’ team swimming championships.
Our sports clubs are all run by Queen's School staff and are included within the fees. These include swimming, netball and hockey clubs. Additional clubs such as gymnastics, dance, tennis etc., are all provided by outside specialist coaches and are subject to additional fees.