Physical Education

The huge advantage of our Junior and Senior School sharing the same site, coupled with the size of each year group, enables us to monitor the progress of every pupil.  This ensures we get the very best out of our pupils at all ages and levels.

A clear vision for sport, alongside a carefully designed long-term athlete development model, ensures a smooth transition and unique continuity from Year 3 to 13. 

We expect all our pupils to enjoy their sport and to leave physically fulfilled, having reached the very limit of their potential. 

Through our highly qualified teachers and specialist coaches, we are able to identify those pupils displaying sporting talent and provide        tailor-made development programmes for teams and individuals.  Our Scholarship programme helps recruit outstanding athletes and support their sporting aspirations.

We continue to invest heavily in sport and our exceptional on-site facilities include four full size and four junior size grass football pitches, a new national standard floodlit hockey pitch and two further new floodlit all-weather games areas for Netball and Tennis.  We also have a large well equipped Sports Hall, a Gymnasium, a 25 metre indoor swimming pool and a separate teaching pool.  A challenging cross-country course winds its way through our extensive grounds.

The School has full planning permission to build a floodlit 4G football Astroturf.  With further exciting projects in the near future and a growing reputation, sport at Royal Russell offers exceptional opportunities for all our pupils.


Curriculum Sport is divided into two categories, morning Physical Education lessons and afternoon Games sessions. 

PE lessons are aimed at ensuring pupils experience a variety of as many sports as possible.  This gives them the basic technical skills and they gain the understanding of fitness and health, through fitness testing.  By applying all the principles of physical fitness ensures that a pupil will know how to improve any specific type of fitness. 

Games afternoons are aimed at the mass participation sports including Football, Netball, Hockey, Tennis, Cricket, Rounders and Atheletics.  This gives the opportunity for a pupil to learn, excel and enjoy a high quality programme of the sports on offer as part of a team.


For those pupils who have enjoyed Physical Education in Years 7 – 9 and achieved a good level of competence, we offer the opportunity to study the subject as a GCSE.

PE GCSE seeks to build on the skills and experience gained in the lower part of the School.  The course has moved closer to Sports Science, covering new topics including Sports Psychology and movement analysis.  It also lends itself well to Biology, Media Studies, Physics and Psychology and is ideal for any passionate sports person who is looking to gain a greater insight to theirs and other’s performance.

The content is covered by two exams and a practical assessment.  Practical performance in different physical activities is essential to completing the course.

As the world of sport moves forward in the 21st Century, we endeavour to echo it in our teaching of the subject utilising the School’s technology and strength and conditioning suite.

Please click here to find out more about our GCSE option.

A Level

Royal Russell offers The Cambridge Technical modular course for A level study.  Pupils present their work in a number of ways including practical demonstrations, presentations and role play.  It provides individuals with a hands-on approach to their learning of sport which provides direct transferable skills to university and the working environment.

The course is the equivalent of 3 A levels and it may be delivered alongside an A level course in another subject.

Please click here to find out more about our A level course.

Enrichment and Co-curricular 

Our full programme of fixtures includes competitive matches against many local schools and we also enter teams and individuals in county, regional and national competitions.  The School offers many tours in a variety of sports with more recent exciting ventures heading to La Manga for Netball, Madrid for Football and Utah for Skiing. 

The School offers an extensive co-curricular club programme for sport, to ensure all pupils find a sport they can enjoy now and in later life.