The Physical Education & Sports Department at STAHS is proud of its aspirational and inclusive vision of sport and physical activity. Our objective is to provide an environment that enables every student to be physically active and understand the value of having a healthy active lifestyle. Through the delivery of a modern and engaging curriculum, we support our students in developing a strong habit of exercise.
Students are provided with a high standard of experience that does not favour one area of the programme at the expense of another. This is delivered through the Active STAHS and Team STAHS co-curricular programmes. Both programmes enable students to develop confidence, character and resilience and, as a result, aim to reduce stress and anxiety whilst improving determination and motivation.
Recreational physical activity and competitive sport are valued equally. We strive to ensure that every individual’s experience of competitive sport is both aspirational and inclusive. STAHS has a tradition of producing sportswomen who perform at both national and international level in a variety of different sports and those competing at this level are supported through the Elite Sportswomen Support Programme. Individuals who are aspiring to represent their county or region have the opportunity to opt into the Aspiring Athlete Programme.
What we do
Working to deliver the Department’s strategic vision is a highly talented and experienced team of PE teachers and coaches, comprised of the Director of Sport, four full-time PE teachers, three part-time PE teachers, one graduate netball assistant, one PE administrator and a large number of specialist coaches. The Department operates a full, six-day sporting programme and enjoys an enviable record of sporting excellence at county, regional and national level in Netball, Lacrosse, Aesthetics (Gymnastics, Trampolining and Dance), Swimming, Athletics, Tennis and Skiing. Sport Scholarships are available in Year 7 and Sixth Form; further details can be found here.
The Department is heavily involved in the organisation and running of major sporting trips and tours. In recent years, students have had the opportunity to experience sporting culture in California and Sri Lanka, as well as a skiing trip to La Molina, Spain.
Years 11–13 participate in a weekly programme of physical activity that allows them the independence to choose what they participate in. A number of students go offsite to rock climb or cycle, whilst others remain onsite and participate in yoga, pilates, swimming, indoor games and dance with specialist instructors. In addition to core PE and Games lessons, we offer academic PE at GCSE and A Level and achieve excellent results in both.
STAHS has excellent sporting facilities and onsite our sports complex boasts a full-size sports hall, 25m indoor swimming pool, dance studio and gym, as well as an outdoor netball court and astroturf. Our offsite sports facilities include two lacrosse pitches, seven floodlit tennis courts and five floodlit netball courts. Please click here for a virtual tour of our offsite facilities.
We also utilise several local sports facilities, including a 400m athletics track, floodlit astroturf and full-size cricket pitch. These facilities enable us to deliver a dynamic programme of co-curricular sport and physical activity, alongside a diverse and modern curriculum of core PE and Games.
17 October 2019
A big thank you to Douglas Snedden who has been our Artist in Residence all week, inspiring students to explore and… https://t.co/VgTLgqEoB7
27 September 2018
Tony Oulton shares his insights and ambitions for STAHS Sixth Form
4 October 2019
STAHS Head of Drama, Holly Whymark, selected for the Royal Opera House Leaders for Impact programme.