Talbot Heath


Sports do not build character. They reveal it.

Heywood Broun

Sport at Talbot Heath is taught from reception through to 6th form, including GCSE and A-Level. As a department, we aim to address a vast range of skills, values and qualities.

Our principle aim is: To inspire, engage and motivate all pupils to enjoy leading active, healthy lifestyles. We also look to provide varied sporting opportunities to pupils of all ages so that hopefully the girls will experience something they might like to continue or play into adulthood. By the very nature of the subject, PE plays an important role in the personal and social development of pupils as well as ensuring the pupils have a chance to play, compete and excel in a multitude of disciplines.

The core games of netball, hockey, football, rounders, tennis and athletics are available to all ages, throughout the Junior and Senior school, with Pre-Prep pupils developing their core skills to prepare them for specific sports in Year 3. The pupils also experience badminton, gymnastics, fitness, indoor rowing, swimming and dance. As pupils move up the school they are also introduced to basketball, lacrosse, table tennis, tag rugby, trampolining and yoga. As well as timetabled lessons, clubs are run to enable girls to pursue their interest in particular sporting activities or simply to keep active. In clubs girls are given more specialised coaching and emphasis is placed on tactics and strategies as well as fitness and game play. Teams are entered in competitions at local level and frequently reach County, Regional and National Finals. This gives them competitive situations to challenge themselves, and experiences of success at higher levels. We are very proud of our pupils’ sporting successes, with pupils competing Internationally in numerous sports.

The Talbot Heath / West Hants High-Performance Tennis Academy is designed to allow girls to combine tennis training and academic education into one integrated curriculum. It was established in 2007 and girls are offered places if they show outstanding ability in their sport and pass the entrance examination.

It is of further importance to us that we provide opportunities for others who enjoy playing sport at their own level and therefore we encourage girls to attend practice regularly and make some fixtures for A, B and C teams.

We have fantastic facilities including: a heated swimming pool, fitness suite, sports hall, gymnasium, outdoor netball courts, tennis courts, full size astro turf and a generous field used for a variety of sporting events. Through the range of experiences that PE at Talbot Heath offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

Tennis Academy

Ranked No.1 Tennis School for Girls in THE UK, No.4 in the World.



Tennis Academy Ranked No.1 Tennis School in the UK for Girls, No.4 in the World.

This programme is a 3-year commitment from year 7 to year 9 and is reviewed at Easter time in year 9 prior to GCSE options. Following the review, there is the option of continuing for a further 2-year programme in years 10 and 11, assessed against new criteria.

All candidates will be expected in the long term to follow an academic route of a recommended 7 GCSEs and at least 2 A’Levels.  The curriculum for each pupil is dependent upon each individuals’ own circumstances.  

Each candidate will make their own choice with regards to academic options in line with the School’s recommendations and approval.

Any player accepted onto the Tennis Academy will receive a 50% discount on the tuition fees set by the school.


Key Features

  • Fitness testing – 3 times per year.  
  • This will be to evaluate their overall fitness and conditioning levels.
  • They will be videoed 3 times per year with the aid of our video software programme, from which technical goals will be set.
  • These performance goals are set each term.
  • The programme will also offer a muscular-skeletal screening with BWT physiotherapy to assess any muscle imbalances associated with the player and provide appropriate exercises to address any issues.
  • All Academy players will receive a complimentary membership at The West Hants Club.
  • All players will receive a termly report to update on progress.
  • All players will receive Academy Clothing.
  • Advice on tournament planning and an agreed tournament schedule.    
  • Transport to and from school to training venue. 
  • Player Development Meetings.
  • Day to day management/advice on their tennis programme.
  • Individual tutor support to manage tennis and academic commitments.

Leading LTA High Performance CentreThe Academy Programme, which was established and launched in September 2007 between The West Hants Club and Talbot Heath School has a reputation for producing National and International standard players.

The success of the teams in National competition has made Talbot Heath the number one ranked tennis school in the country.  The programme offers a fantastic opportunity for any girl to pursue their tennis aspiration within an outstanding academic school.

West Hants Club

The West Hants Club is one of the leading LTA High Performance Centres (HPCs) in the country. Set in nine acres of  woodland just half a mile from Talbot Heath School, the club was awarded HPC status by the LTA in 2004. The award was in recognition of the Club’s ability to provide performance juniors with high level programmes, incorporating top quality tennis and fitness training in addition to the support programmes on offer.

The club boasts some of the best tennis facilities in England which include:

  • 21 tournament standard courts, 8 indoor (6 acrylic, 2 clay) and additional facilities at Bournemouth Gardens.
  • 2 air-conditioned fitness studios
  • Two high-performance Gymnasiums
  • Heated indoor Swimming Pool
  • Lecture/Meeting rooms

Players will follow a tennis/fitness programme which will include a minimum 13 hours of training – split between school hours and after school.

The programme costs include 3 hours of individual training and the remainder made up of group sessions. Additional hours can be added to the programme.

Each programme will be scheduled around individual requirements and circumstances. A typical 13 hour programme could include 3 individuals, 5 hours of group tennis and 5 hours of group strength and conditioning which will be agreed with all parties.  Most players follow a programme in excess of 16 hours training per week.

Many girls have represented GB in international tournaments, the programme and the school offer the flexibility to compete in these events.

All tennis academy players have achieved at least 7 GCSEs, attaining 90% A*- B grades

West Hants Club


Ranked No.1 Tennis School for Girls in THE UK
No.4 in the World


  • Y8 and 10


  • No.4 in the schools’ World Championships representing England
  • 2 pupils played at Junior Wimbledon




  • Year 8 & 10 National Champions
  • Aberdare cup, RUNNER UP nationally


  • Year 8 & 10 National Champions
  • Aberdare cup, 3rd nationally