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“During the key stages, pupils should be taught knowledge, skills and understanding through games, dance and gymnastic activity.

PE gives pupils an understanding of the important role physical activity plays in a balanced, healthy life. By experiencing a range of activities and developing their skills, competence and confi dence, pupils can make informed choices about how they want to get involved in physical activity both at school and in the community.”
The National Curriculum"

The National Curriculum

By embracing the National Curriculum and developing our own extended PE programme, Godstowe’s aims are very clear. We want every child to... 

  • be physically active and take enjoyment from it 
  • learn how physical exercise affects the body
  • find a lasting sense of purpose, achievement and fulfi lment in physical activity
  • develop skills, habits and interests that will promote a healthy lifestyle
  • develop positive moral attitudes, such as perseverance, determination and fair play
  • understand how to cope with success and failure
  • appreciate the need for a competitive edge where appropriate
  • participate with as much enthusiasm as possible
  • enjoy a wide ranging, challenging and fulfi lling programme

We have three full-time and two part-time specialist members of the PE department, who offer high quality teaching and coaching. We are also supported by several other staff who lead clubs and activities and therefore enhance the curricular and extra-curricular sports opportunities.

Clubs, Teams and Matches

We offer a very wide range of additional sporting opportunities within the after school Enrichment Curriculum and many others take place at lunch time each day. These include: rounders, tennis coaching, stoolball, hockey, gymnastics, ballet, judo, badminton, horse riding, cycling and more.

Girls can also take part in a competitive fixture programme as they progress through the school and enjoy matches in Netball, Athletics, Tennis, Swimming, Rounders and, very unusually for a prep school, Lacrosse. We further encourage girls by providing opportunities for those not initially selected into squads to train and attend development clubs in order to improve their skills ready for future selection. Girls also take part in inter-colour team and inter-form competitions and matches throughout the year, a highlight being Sports Day in which everyone participates.


  • Godstowe girls will have the opportunity to compete at the highest level, often very successfully
  • We maintain a strong and competitive fixture list, offering match opportunities for A, B, C and D teams
  • Many of our Upper Division matches are played against strong senior schools. We more than hold our own!
  • We compete in the IAPS netball, athletics, tennis and swimming events, regularly reaching national finals
  • Our senior netball teams have won the Wycombe schools netball league and the highly competitive IAPS regional round
  • U11, U12 and U13 netball teams regularly reach the IAPS national finals 
  • Lacrosse teams have enjoyed frequent success in major tournaments in recent years and in USA fixtures on tour
  • We achieve excellent results in cross country, winning both individual and team medals in local competitions
  • Over 10 athletes have qualified for the IAPS national finals in Birmingham in the last three years
  • Godstowe have won the Bucks Cup Divisional Tennis
  • The Godstowe Equestrian team have qualified for the NSEA National Finals on a number of occasions 


Girls are rewarded for progress, improvement and performance in a variety of ways:

  • Player of the match - weekly nominations
  • End of term division certificates - any girl can be nominated for showing improvement in PE lessons
  • End of term commendations - awarded specifically by the PE department for recognition of team performance during the term
  • Half colours - recognition of a consistently good level of performance, commitment and determination
  • Full colours - recognition of consistently excellent performance, determination and commitment

Certificates, commendations and colours are awarded throughout the school.