Our full-boarding ethos ensures there is ample choice for boys and girls to enjoy a whole variety of sports. We recognise that many of our pupils wish to develop themselves as practical performers as well as learn theoretical principles which may supplement their ongoing practical progression. Our sports programme is built on the latest research with activities blending breadth with specific development, hence why we offer a vast array of Physical Education programmes.
The respective core sports have a dedicated ‘Head of Sport’ who oversees the development of their sport and ensures improvement year on year. This is all coordinated by the Director of Sport and specialist Head of Girls’ Games.
Sports matches are weekly – on Saturdays and mid-week. Teams compete across all core sports and many other sports through the Clubs & Societies. The School is proud to have achieved, in recent years, regional and national success in football, tennis, basketball, table tennis, fencing, climbing and athletics.
As a rule of thumb, if a pupil requests to participate in a sport, we will find an opportunity for them to do so. If a girl or boy has an aptitude for a sport, we support them in obtaining specialist and expert coaching, and joining programmes and local clubs to develop skills and compete. We also help plan the pursuit of coaching qualifications for our pupils.
Guest speakers visit the School to impart their stories of struggles, overcoming hurdles, mental strength, determination and the joys of success.
Local, national and international trips to either train and compete in tournaments or watch top sporting events enthuse our athletes, whether an elite sportsperson or one who enjoys sport as part of healthy lifestyle.
King Edward’s Witley has ‘The Emerging Athlete Programme’ for sports scholars and girls and boys who currently compete, or possesses the potential to compete, at an elite level in their chosen field, with the aim of achieving excellence in their selected sport. The programme nurtures performance through a tailored training and development process. We are proud to work with the Surrey Human Performance Institute based at Surrey Sports Park. This link affords access to their high-tech equipment and facilities and expert tuition. Athletes benefit from physiological and psychological training methods and tests over time to track progression.
For those that enjoy sport but are not necessarily competing in, or outside of, School there are ample opportunities through inter-House sports activities and competitions and a range of sports clubs to get involved in a sport, fitness regime or physical challenges. The aim at King Edward’s is to nurture a love of sport, both active and as a spectator, as part of a good health and well-being life-style.
As part of King Edward’s Wellbeing and Development Programme, Miss Laura Sessions (PSHE Co-Ordinator) organised a two day training course for fifteen members of staff from both Barrow Hills School and King Edward’s Witley to complete their Youth Mental Health First Aid qualification. This was an internationally recognised two day course delivered by trainer Jane...