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Physical Education

The Physical Education department forms an integral part of school life in respect of both the curriculum and extracurricular activities.

We have a good number of specialist staff who are supported by a large number of academic colleagues with knowledge and experience in specific areas. The department functions from a purpose built sports complex on site, with playing fields and astroturf pitches off site.

From September 2013, as well as being able to follow a range of Twitter feeds for our main sports, please click here for news about our competitive fixtures.


  • Mr R L Burdett (Head of Boys' PE and Assistant Head of 6th Form)
  • Mrs J Russell (Head of Girls' PE)
  • Mrs C M Mills
  • Miss L J Mullan 
  • Mr A C Phillips (i/c Boys' Hockey & Cricket, Co-Curricular & Prize-Giving Coordinator, Internal Examinations & Invigilation Coordinator, Head of Crow House)
  • Mrs S Smith (Head of Fifth Year)
  • Miss L Watts (Assistant Head of Wheatley House)
  • Mr B G Wilson


Our Sports Complex on site has a Sports Hall (incorporating badminton, netball, basketball or volleyball courts, an indoor hockey or 5-a-side soccer pitch, a fitness suite, a dance studio, climbing room, swimming pool and changing rooms) and outdoor facilities (2 full sized netball courts, 4 small netball courts, 4 hard tennis courts and marked on the front field are 2 rounders pitches, a junior cricket square and 2 five a-side football pitches).

Our off site facilities include a games field (with 4 rugby pitches, 3 cricket squares, 1 football pitch, 5 rounders pitches and some athletics facilities) and a floodlit astroturf (offering 2 hockey pitches, 12 tennis courts or 4 five a side football pitches).


The curriculum embraces a rich combination of major games and more contemporary physical activities. PE and games are compulsory in years 7 – 11.

Post 16, there is the AS/ A2 option of Physical Education alongside an extensive games programme involving most sixth form students. Here there is an opportunity to select from a variety of activities including aerobics, climbing, shooting, yoga and martial arts or train and play for school in hockey, netball, rugby and football.

The range of activities is very directed in the lower school, leading to more choice later on. Rugby, hockey, netball, tennis, athletics and cricket are taught in depth to years 7 – 10 and this is complemented by a balanced PE programme which aims to cover both the aesthetic and fitness aspects of the subject. PE activities include: swimming, health related fitness, badminton, gymnastics, basketball, dance, trampolining, climbing, volleyball and self defence.


The department aims to promote positive attitudes towards active participation in Physical Education and Sport. Each pupil is encouraged to develop their potential creating the opportunity to allow later involvement at either a recreational level or in a more competitive environment.


Bablake is proud of its team and individual performance and has regular successes year by year.


A number of our pupils achieve representation at district, county, region or national level in a variety of sports. Most recently Shane Geraghty and Helen Price (U19) have represented England at rugby and Paul Best has played cricket for England U19, Cambridge and Warwickshire CC. Jessica Horn has been a member of the U16 hockey squad, Lucy Smith is ranked 4th in England for the Shot Putt at U17 level, while Will Kenney- Herbert is currently a Welsh U16 Hockey international.


Pupils are encouraged to attend extracurricular activities at both team and recreational levels. A diverse extracurricular programme provides something for everyone alongside a comprehensive fixture list. Bablake School is proud of its school teams which exist at all age groups in the following major sports: athletics, cricket, cross country, golf, hockey, netball, rounders, rugby and tennis.

Recreational Activities include: badminton, dance, fitness, swimming, climbing, table tennis, basketball and trampolining, gymnastics and fencing

There is an opportunity for pupils to obtain life saving and ASA swimming teacher’s qualifications.

Touring is an integral part of the department's programme. Boys’ and girls’ senior tours run every 2 years. Recent destinations have included South Africa, Trinidad and St Lucia, and Singapore and Malaysia.


For more information, contact the department head at:

A great school, with great opportunities.