The High Weald Academy PE department offers a wide range of opportunities to our pupils during curriculum time and out of school hours learning (OSHL). During curriculum time the pupils at our school will participate in a wide range of activities in a range of content areas of the New PE Curriculum. Through our work as a Sports College (the first in Kent!) we have developed excellent links with our local community, partner primary, and secondary schools, sports partnerships and clubs.
The High Weald Academy is located in the picturesque town of Cranbrook and due to our location in the Kent countryside we are fortunate enough to have extensive playing fields that we use for all our outdoor activities. During the autumn and winter terms we have enough room for both upper and lower school football pitches, a full size rugby pitch, two 5 a-side pitches and a 7 a-side pitch.
During the summer term we mark out a grass 400m running track. We also have designated areas marked out for 3 athletics throwing events, javelin, shot-putt and discus, in addition to this we have a long and triple jump pit with runway which altogether allows the PE department to run a variety of athletic events over the summer term.
We have an extensive hard court multi use games area. In total there are 3 netball courts and 4 tennis courts. In addition we have 2 outdoor basketball courts. We are also fortunate enough to be able to use Angley Woods which provides a fantastic facility for our Outdoor and Adventurous Activities that we do with all pupils in all key stages.
High Weald Academy has a 4 badminton court, newly refurbished, Sports Hall with additional markings for a netball court, volleyball court and five a side football. The Sports Hall is used for a large number of curricular and extra-curricular activities as well has heavily used by our community sports partners.
Above the sports hall we now have access to our own multi gym where we can deliver and aid the understanding of our pupils in regards to their knowledge of weight training and other aspects of health and fitness, this is particularly important at GCSE level.
The sports hall is also large enough to house all trampolining activities that take place within the school during curriculum time.
The Mary Sheafe Gym hall is used to teach gymnastics, dance and some aspects of fitness. We have a wide range of small and large apparatus including wall bars, pommel horse and trampettes which are used for gymnastic activities. As well as this we will have an area designated specifically for the teaching and development of dance at curriculum level. At the same time our changing facilities have being refurbished for school and community use.