The Oratory School Rowing Club visited Northern Spain for a warm weather training camp over Easter.
Sport is an integral part of life at The Oratory
With the increased importance of leisure in our culture, there are numerous vocational opportunities linked with sport. Embarking on this first rung of the ladder will be of interest to all those intent on becoming a professional sportsperson, or in a career related to leisure management or administration, coaching, or in the teaching of Physical Education or Sports Science. The newly-shaped course is exciting and offers a thoroughly detailed analysis of the topics, both practically and theoretically, which will allow the pupils to develop their knowledge.
We have a well-established reputation for supporting top level performers in a range of sports.
The academic side of Physical Education is taught with small class sizes, which allows for attention to detail. The pupils are driven to learn about the subject as they pursue careers in sport, with most having aspirations to giving the playing side of their sport a go. We are committed to providing a varied and exciting programme that encourages pupils to lead a healthy lifestyle in preparation for adult life. The varied teaching methods and the learning environment are very positive and this allows the pupils to flourish. We promote full involvement and the benefit of continuing to play in sport after leaving school.
Mr Steve Tomlinson - Director of Sport
1st to 3rd Forms
All pupils receive a double period of Physical Education per week. The lessons are based upon a philosophy of Sport for All, which promotes an improvement in skill and fitness levels within an organised, disciplined, and caring environment. We support all ability ranges to ensure that each pupil achieves their potential and has a positive experience, which gives them the interest to continue with sport as they move through the school and beyond. The sports that we coach include swimming, badminton, athletics, basketball, and tennis.
The course will appeal to students wishing to continue their Sports Studies at university and beyond. If they have aspirations of becoming a professional sportsperson or entering the leisure industry or perhaps moving into the teaching profession then this course is for them.
The subject combines well with Biology and there are a number of cross-curricular topics. Universities will accept PE as a qualification for entry to most degree courses, but, as with all subjects, its acceptability depends on the particular university’s course requirements.
The A Level syllabus consists of:
Paper 1 (30%) – Physiological factors affecting performance
- Applied Anatomy and Physiology
- Exercise Physiology
Paper 2 (20%) – Psychological factors affecting performance
- Skill Acquisition
- Sports Psychology
Paper 3 (20%) – Socio-Cultural Issues
- Physical Activity & Sport
Paper 4 (30%)
- Performance Evaluation & Analysis of Performance
Applied anatomy and physiology; Physical training; Physical factors affecting performance: 60 marks 1 hour written paper (30%of total)
Socio-cultural influences; Sports psychology; Health, fitness and well-being; Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology: 60 marks 1 hour written paper (30% of total)
Practical activity assessment; Evaluating and Analysing Performance (AEP); Performance in physical education (03): 80 marks non-exam assessment (NEA) (40% of total GCSE)
With the increased importance of leisure in our culture, there are numerous vocational opportunities linked with sport. Embarking on this first rung of the ladder will be of interest to all those intent on becoming a professional sportsperson, or in a career related to leisure management or administration, coaching, or in the teaching of Physical Education or Sports Science.
Potential candidates should not see these courses as a means of simply playing more sport. They should be prepared for the considerable academic content of the subject.
It is important to note that any pupils wishing to go on to study A Level Physical Education at the school should, as a prerequisite, have studied the GCSE course in Physical Education. It would also be beneficial for these candidates to have studied GCSE Biology.
Athletics: Junior and Senior teams.
Squash: Junior and Senior teams.
Tennis (6 grass courts): Junior and Senior teams.
Water polo: Senior team but junior team plays inter house matches.
Swimming: Full-time swimming coach with the highlight in the calendar being The Bath Cup (Relays) at the Olympic Pool.
County Cups: In football, cricket and athletics.
Inter house programme: handball, water polo, volleyball, triathlon, 5-a-side football, real tennis, tennis, golf, swimming, squash, table tennis, rounders, touch rugby.
Real Tennis – one of 50 courts in the world; The Oratory Court was the first to be built for over 150 years in 1989.
Swimming – weekly squad sessions, regular galas for the pupils in The Bath Cup (Olympic Pool) and County Championships.
Tours – Recent tours to Rugby to Canada & South Africa, Cricket to Barbados, Rowing to Portugal.
Skiing – Annual trips.
Our philosophy is based on the dual aims of Sport for All and excellence at all levels.
Sport plays an important role in the life of every Oratory pupil. We believe that providing quality and varied sporting opportunities is essential in an active day and boarding school, both for health and fitness reasons, and for the sense of achievement and value that active participation and successful competition bring.
We actively encourage pupils to represent the school and our inter-house matches play a huge part in getting everyone involved in sport.
- Michaelmas – Rugby
- Lent – Football & Rowing
- Summer – Cricket, Rowing, Tennis, & Athletics
In addition to these sports, we offer:
Basketball – play in the SOCS Southern Lent Term League;
Golf – play in the ISGA Match Play and have fixtures throughout the year;
Real Tennis – one of only 50 courts in the world. Each pupil has the opportunity to try this sports and the school team plays in the National Singles, Doubles, and Handicap tournaments;
Squash – regular fixtures in the Michaelmas and Lent term;
Swimming – the sessions run at lunchtimes with galas taking place during the Michaelmas and Lent Terms, with the season finishing at The Bath Cup in March at the Olympic Pool in London.
We have a well-established reputation for supporting top level performers in a range of sports. Our Elite Sports Programme includes:
- professional coaches for Swimming, Real Tennis and Cricket;
- Golf and Tennis lessons with a professional (seasonal and paid for extra);
- Strength and Conditioning training and support for all Sports Scholars;
- Strong links with a number of Club rugby academies, including London Irish and Wasps;
- Football coaching support from Reading FC;
- Player-specific Masterclasses in Rugby and Cricket;
- A three-term programme for elite rowers led by the Head of Rowing.
Voted Top 100 cricket pitch in the Country 2016, 17, 18 (Cricketer Magazine).
We have seen many of our pupils achieve great success in cricket at professional level (Gloucestershire CCC), county level (Berkshire) and premier league (Henley CC and Oxford CC). We also play in the National T20 Competition.
One of our pupils was voted Best Young Berkshire Cricketer 2018 and another has signed with Middlesex Academy.
England Counties U18’s player.
Pupils in academies at Wasps and London Irish.
Rugby 7’s Colts (U16’s) winners at Stonyhurst.
Rugby 7’s U18’s – Plate winners at Windsor and Oakham.
Old Oratorian selected for Oxford Varsity Team for the past 2 years.
Pupil signed for Scarlets RFC (Summer 2018).
At Bisley (Summer holidays).
Won Cadet Champion at Arms.
Won Silver Medal in Ashburton Competition.
Won Cadet Falling Plate.
Won The Ball Cup (Dorney Lake) 2016.
Enter the Henley Qualifiers (Princess Elizabeth Cup).
Rowed at The Henley Royal Regatta (2018).
Play league football against other schools – Thames Valley League set up by The Oratory.
2nd XI won the Thames Valley League.
The Oratory Senior Colts and 1st VII gave a good account of themselves at the Stonyhurst sevens.
Oratory Dragons defeat Pangbourne to secure runners up spot in the league.
Chris Mears, GB Olympic diver, visits The Oratory to talk to pupils about his interesting life and career.