Sports @ Herne Bay High
Herne Bay High School has been designated a specialist sports college since 2002. Sports Colleges are expected to:
• raise standards of achievement in physical education and sport
• use this to drive up whole school standards
• be a regional focal point for promoting excellence in PE and community sport.
We have to provide regular evidence to the Government that these expectations are being achieved. In May 2008, after our “Outstanding” Ofsted inspection we were successfully re-designated as a “High Performing Specialist School”.
The PE department management structure includes 2 Directors of Sport (Community and Teaching & Learning), a Head of PE and a Head of Outdoor Education.
This enhanced staffing, along with our outstanding facilities allows us to provide a very broad curriculum programme of physical activity for our students and extensive extra-curricular opportunities.
Facilities include a floodlit all weather pitch, all-weather tennis/netball courts, a sports hall, gymnasium, indoor and outdoor climbing walls, technofit fitness studio, a sports analysis classroom, dance studio and extensive playing fields. The school is currently undergoing exciting re-development through the Building Schools for the Future project which will see these already excellent facilities enhanced even further.
Through our link with the Herne Bay and East Kent Coastal School Sports Partnership our students can achieve a range of sports leadership qualifications and have opportunities to work with younger students and pupils at our local primary schools.
Students in Key Stage 4 can choose to study the BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Sport or Outdoor Education, the BTEC Level 2 Extended Certificate or Certificate in Sport, GCSE Full course or short course PE and the Level 1 Sports Leader (JSLA). In the sixth form we offer the BTEC National Diploma in Sport (Coaching, Development & Fitness), the Level 2 Sports Leader (CSLA) and the Level 3 Sports Leader (HSLA).
HBHS is a centre of excellence for Outdoor and Adventurous activities and is the only state school in the UK to hold an AALA license (Adventure Activities Licensing Authority). Our highly qualified OAA team are able to offer our students opportunities to participate in climbing, orienteering, mountain biking, canoeing, kayaking and sailing.
The PE Department runs an extensive extra-curricular programme with clubs running before school, at lunchtimes and after school. Clubs are run by members of the PE dept, governing body qualified coaches, School Sports Co-ordinators and increasingly by other members of the HBHS teaching staff and AOTTs. The clubs are attended by a large number of students and teams are also run in a wide range of sports. The department was awarded the government’s Sportsmark in 2008.
Physical Education at Herne Bay High is a package that offers students a wide range of opportunities and experiences. These are open to all students and can only run due to the enthusiasm and commitment of members of the PE department. Our re-designation as a high performing specialist Sports College brings with it an exciting new development plan, with many new challenges and initiatives not only within the PE department but also beyond, involving other departments, our feeder primary schools, other schools, sports clubs, governing bodies and the local community. We look forward to busy but exciting and rewarding times ahead.