Physical Education

The PE Department aims:

  • To involve all girls in physical activity in order to develop a knowledge and understanding of a variety of sports.
  • To create an environment where the girls will enjoy participation in physical activity and so foster a desire for activity in leisure. 
  • To assist the girls in the development and maintenance of an appropriate level of fitness.
  • The sports included in the curriculum are Lacrosse, Netball, Swimming, Gymnastics,  Health Related Fitness, Cross-Country, Rounders, Tennis and Athletics.
  • We also offer a wider range of activities in the 5th and 6th form as well as GCSE, AS and A2 level.

Physical Education Department Staff
  • Nancy Moore - Head of Department
    Nancy completed BA Hons in Sport and Human Movement Studies at the University of Wales Institute Cardiff. She then went onto her PGCE at the University of Southampton. Nancy joined St Catherine’s in September 2000. She has been involved in tutoring as part of Merriman House and now focuses on being the Head of Individual Sports at St Catherine's. Outside school, Nancy spends her time with her two children, she has recently taken up triathlons and loves skiing and travelling.
  • Vic Alexander
    Vic studied Physical Education and Mathematics at the University of Brighton (Chelsea PE College). St Catherine's is her third school in which she has taught, joining in September 2001. She represented England in lacrosse for over ten years; her career highlight was playing in the World Cup in 2001 where the team achieved a bronze medal. Vichas also run three London marathons achieving a PB in 2012 of 3:49. Vic is very competitive and loves winning!  She is still involved in lacrosse, tennis, running and netball. She also enjoys reading, socialising and spending time with humorous people!! From September 2016 Vic is Head of Sixth Form Boarding.
  • Annabelle Blake
    An LTA CCA coach and SRA Advanced coach, Annabelle has coached tennis and squash at St Catherine's for many years and encourages over 200 girls a week to plan tennis and squash throughout the year. She coaches team players in all year groups and many have enjoyed success at various tournaments that take place in the Summer Term. During the Spring Term girls in L4 and U4 are entered into the Road to Wimbledon National Singles Tournament, having their first experience at organising matches. A licensed coach, Annabelle is up-to-date with modern coaching trends; in addition to attending regular courses, most recently with Judy Murray and Sven Groeneveld,  the internet also provides a key area of research in both tennis and squash coaching. Annabelle is actively involved in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme at St Catherine's, helping the girls achieve their physical section, as well as being a supervisor and assessor on the expeditions.
  • Annie Heath
    Annie completed a BSc Hons in Sport and Exercise Science at the Oxford Brookes University, where she represented her University 1st Team Netball throughout her degree and played at regional level. Annie joined St Catherine’s in 2014, after completing 5 years in a previous post where she gained QTS. She still participates regularly in swimming, netball and tennis. Annie also enjoys spending time with friends and family, and visiting hot and sunny places.
  • Milly Marsh
    Milly studied Sport, Physical Education and Coaching Science BSc (Hons) at the University of Birmingham. She played University Netball for three years, training 6 days a week and playing in the Midlands 1A division. Milly coached the Senior and U15 netball teams at King Edward VI High School as well as coaching tennis and running strength and conditioning training for the senior netball and hockey teams. She is a huge tennis lover, working for the AELTC at the Wimbledon Championships for four years and plays tennis in her spare time. Milly also enjoys wakeboarding, skiing, surfing and spending time with family and friends. She completed her PGDipEd (QTS) at the University of Birmingham and plans to complete her Masters in Education in the near future.
  • Tamsyn White
    Tamsyn studied Physical Education and Teaching with QTS at University of Chichester. After recently qualifying, St Catherine’s is her first school in which she has taught, joining in September 2012.  Tamsyn played netball for her University 1st Team throughout her degree and currently plays for Sussex NRG in the Regional League and the un-defeated Staff Netball Team! In her spare time, Tamsyn enjoys snowboarding, travelling and spending time with friends and family.