Physical Education is taught to all children as they enter the school in B Block (year 9). Pupils have two timetabled lessons per week where they take part in a range of physical activities including swimming, badminton, basketball and fitness and athletic development. The overall aim throughout the year is to ensure that all pupils appreciate the importance of life-long participation in sport and exercise. The department is fortunate to be able to teach these practical lessons in the well-equipped Repton Sports Centre.
The growth in the academic study of sport and exercise science at university and beyond has been reflected in the amount of Repton pupils selecting Physical Education at GCSE and A level (first taught in 2001). The specifications for Physical Education are wide-ranging and multi-disciplinary and include anatomy and physiology, sport psychology and the study of some of the issues surrounding sport in society. There is also a practical component to the qualification worth a valuable 40% and GCSE and 30% at A Level. Pupils who opt to study Physical Education as an academic discipline have benefitted from its multi-disciplinary nature and have gone on to study a wide range of other subjects at Russell Group universities such as medicine, economics, English and geography.
The academic lessons are conducted in the new, purpose-built classroom block, housed just a hundred metres from the Sports Centre. The department is blessed with a knowledgeable and committed staff who have a range of sporting and extra-curricular interests and, as such, are able to advise and mentor busy sporting pupils throughout their time in the department.