Physical Education

Subject Overview

Physical Education provides students with the skill set to lead a healthy, active lifestyle whilst also developing their knowledge and understanding of the impact of physical activity in many areas; physiological, psychological and socio-cultural. A broad and exciting topic area that provides strong foundations for a diverse range of career pathways.


The sports’ facilities include a sports hall, gym, an Astro-turf for hockey and tennis, and extensive sports pitches for football, rugby and cricket. Kent College also has a Riding Centre and offers horse riding lessons, and the opportunity to take part in competitions, as part of its sports programme.


The major sports for girls are hockey (Autumn term), netball (Spring term) and tennis (Summer term). The major sports for boys are football/rugby (Autumn term), hockey (Spring term) and cricket/tennis (Summer term). However, for exceptional hockey, football and cricket players (boys and girls) training is available over both the Autumn and Spring and summer terms

Girls' cricket is very popular at Kent College – and we are delighted that our U13 girls' team won the 2018 National Indoor Cricket Championships at Lord's. Many pupils take part in cross country running over the winter, and athletics events in the Summer term. In addition, the school has facilities for trampolining, badminton, volleyball and basketball, and some practice sessions for indoor hockey take place at the impressive indoor facilities at Polo Farm Hockey Club.


There is a full calendar of fixtures against schools in the southeast of England and further afield, and information about all sporting events and teams can be found on the Kent College Sports website. Sports tours give all of our pupils the opportunity to expand their sporting horizons – recent tours have been to Berlin (indoor hockey), and Holland (Euro Hockey tournament). Weekly activities include yoga, strength and conditioning sessions, badminton and gym.

KS3 GCSE iGCSE Pre A level / Pre IB IB A Level Cambridge Technical Pre U


Sports Hall, Strength and Conditioning facility, specialist classroom, all weather sand dressed hockey pitch, tennis courts, athletics track, 2 x cricket squares, 3 x football pitches, 3 x rugby pitches. Yoga and Dance.

Additional access to facilities:

UKC S and C facilities, CCCU Sportslab for fitness testing/anatomy physiology and biomechanics. Polo Farm and Apetti Tennis facilities and coaching, Aire Trampolining facilities and coaching, Kingsmead and Kings Recreation Swimming Pool, Athletics coaching, Chimera Rock Climbing Centre, rowing,

What else will I get to do?

We work closely with Kent University and Canterbury Christ Church University. GCSE students visit the Sport Science labs at CCCU and this aids the students’ studies and brings to life the training and fitness methods element of the course which underpins a significant amount of the course.

A Level students also visit CCCU to supplement their studies, generally focused around the biomechanics element of the course.

Sport scholars and exam groups also benefit from having access to the Strength and conditioning coaches at Kent University who come into school and work closely with students.

Trips and Tours

Recent tours have included European tours to Belgium and Holland for international Hockey events, visits to the Olympics Park for Hockey and Netball, annual visits to Eastbourne for Aegon International Tennis and Wimbledon Championships. Visits to CCCU Sports lab for biomechanics and fitness testing.

The next step..

The A Level in Physical Education allows students to achieve their potential and progress to the next stage of their lives, whether it’s higher education, an apprenticeship, or employment. The qualifications aim to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of sport and physical activity. They’ll gain an insight into the sector as they investigate opportunities for delivering sport and physical activity to a wide range of participants, whether it’s to mobilise sedentary people to improve their health and wellbeing or to support regular participants to improve their performance and fitness, all done in a safe and professional environment. Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the A Level in PE focuses on the requirements that today’s universities and employers demand. Your students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.


KC students have gone on to represent England and GB at Hockey and Rugby. Grace Balsdon and Lizzie Neal (England and GB Hockey), Piers Francis (England Rugby), Abigail Pritchard ( England touch Rugby).

A number of current KC students represent England and SE England at Junior level. Hugh Scott (South England and Kent 2nd X1 Cricket), Alexa Stonehouse (South England Cricket) Adam Lee-Browne (U.18 Hockey), Oliver Weston and Jessica McMeeking (South of England Hockey), Josh Sharp ( England Jet Ski). We have a huge number of students representing Kent in the chosen sports, including Netball, Rugby, Tetrathlon, Cricket, Hockey, Cross Country and Athletics.

Sports Science, Physical Education and Sports Management are popular choices for university courses. Recent KC students have gone on to study a sports-related degree at a range of institutions including Loughborough, Nottingham Trent, St. Mary’s Twickenham, Brunel and Canterbury Christ Church University.

Meet the Director of Sport


Miss Lara Wilkinson, Director of Sport, BSc (1st) Sport and Exercise Science, MEd.

Lara has always been a keen sportswoman with a passion for teaching and learning. After graduating from The University of Birmingham, she undertook her teacher training and began her career in Oxfordshire teaching both Science and PE. Progressing through to Head of Department, Lara decided to take onboard a new challenge and taught at The British International School, Ho Chi Minh City. On returning to the UK, Lara worked as Director of Sport at The Abbey School, Reading. Lara has also worked for the IB as a moderator, delivered courses for The Youth Sport Trust and has been involved in developing the Tyhtan programme - a sports performance enhancement and well being programme. In addition to this, she is currently studying for a Doctorate in Education through The University of Reading.

In her spare time, Lara plays at Canterbury Hockey Club and heads up the ladies section of Hockey for Heroes.

Have a question?

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