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 Swimming Academy was launched in Sept 2019 in conjunction with award winning Poole Swimming Club, hosted in our 6 lane performance indoor pool.
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. Girls are offered places if they show outstanding ability in their sport and pass the entrance examination. Talbot Heath is the number 2 Tennis School for Girls in the UK.
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.
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.