In the Physical Education department, we equip students with the skills, knowledge and attitudes needed to lead a healthy and active lifestyle, both within school and outside of the classroom. Our broad and balanced curriculum not only develops students’ physical literacy, but enhances their interpersonal skills, from teamwork to leadership as well as building areas of self-esteem, well-being and confidence.
Engagement, enjoyment and opportunity for all is at the very heart of our curriculum. Students are exposed to a wide range of activities and experiences which challenges their physical, mental and social abilities. At Key Stage three all students study:
- Team Games such as Football, Netball, Rugby, Handball, Volleyball, Ultimate Frisbee and Basketball
- Fitness including the use of the school Fitness Suite
- Outdoor and Adventurous Activities such as team building and orienteering
- Net Games such as Badminton and Tennis
- Striking and Fielding activities such as Cricket, Softball and Rounders
- Athletics, both Track and Field
Alongside promoting lifelong engagement in sport and physical activity, we believe in the value of fair and healthy competition. All students belong to a P.E house; Trott, Wiggins, Farah or Standing and at the end of every half-term, students join together to participate in inter-house competitions.
At Key Stage 4 all students continue to study Physical Education as part of their curriculum. Through the exposure of a wide range of activities and experiences within Key Stage 3, we hope that by Key Stage 4 students have found areas of study they thrive upon and enjoy and so are given the opportunity to select which activities they study each term. We believe this opportunity enhances students’ likelihood of achieving lifelong engagement in physical activity and sport. Students are not set homework or given assessment grades at Key Stage 4; having gained a vast amount of fundamental knowledge and skills at Key Stage 3, we believe Physical Education at Key Stage 4 serves a very different purpose. Students come to P.E not only to continue to develop their knowledge, skills and interests, but to have a time and space in which they can escape the stress and pressures of everyday life; a key lesson, we hope all students can take away from their experience of Physical Education at Towers.
Students are also given the opportunity to study Physical Education as one of their option subjects. By doing so, students receive an additional three lessons of P.E a week. All students who select P.E as an option study the BTEC First Award in Sport. This is a vocational qualification which is the equivalent to one GCSE and is recognised by all providers of further education. It provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to progress into the world of sport and physical activity. Areas of study include Fitness for Sport and Exercise, Practical Sports Performance, Principles of Personal Training and Leading Sports Activities. Most students who study this qualification go on successfully studying it further within our Sixth Form at Key Stage five.
At Key Stage 5 students have the opportunity to study the Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity; the equivalent of one A-Level or the Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity; the equivalent of two A-Levels. Students also have the opportunity to join our highly successful Football Academy, run by M&M Academy. For more information about the Football Academy, please see below.
We pride ourselves on our extensive list of extra-curricular activities available to all students. These change termly, in line with the different sporting seasons. We also enter a vast amount and range of tournaments and fixtures within the Ashford and Shepway District. To learn more about our extra-curricular opportunities, please click here.
At Towers we provide an extensive range of extra-curricular opportunities for all students. Whether students want to try something new, meet new people or develop an existing interest, we encourage all students to attend at least one extra-curricular activity a week. For every activity that is offered on the curriculum, we provide an opportunity for students to enrich their knowledge, develop their talent and nurture their interest through our extra-curricular provision. Activities are offered to all year groups, but some are split per year group and others by key stage, depending on the activity or sport.
Alongside our extra-curricular activities, we provide students with the opportunity to represent Towers at sporting fixtures and events. Some of the sporting fixtures we offer include; Football, Netball, Basketball, Rugby, Badminton, Cross Country, Athletics, Tennis, Rounders and Cricket. Fixtures in these sports are offered to all year groups, for both male and female students depending on the uptake, interest and demand.
One of our most highly attended and successful extra-curricular provision is Cheerleading. This is run by one of the Dance teachers and Cheerleading coach Miss Harverson. For more information about Cheerleading at Towers please see below.
Lastly, we believe in building strong links within the community and so frequently use our fantastic facilities to host a range of Primary School sporting events and tournaments. We hope this provides young students with the opportunity to experience high quality sport and physical activity in inspiring environments. At Towers, we are blessed with fantastic facilities, consisting of:
- Sports hall (4 x badminton courts)
- Gymnasium (3 x badminton courts) equipped with a full Cheerleading floor and air track
- 2 x Dance studios
- Fitness suite equipped with both cardiovascular and weight machines
- 2 x outdoor Netball courts which double up as 6 x Tennis courts
- Full-sized Rugby pitch
- Extensive field space used for Football pitches and Athletics track
- FA approved and floodlit 3G
For more information regarding Physical Education at Towers, please contact the Faculty Lead Mrs Giles at firstname.lastname@example.org
Towers School Cheerleading has been running for 6 years and has been extremely successful in local, National and International competitions. We currently have teams competing in level 1, 2 in cheerleading and 1, 2 and 3 in stunt teams.
Meet the teams
Tabbies Cheerleading is open to all primary school students in years 4, 5 and 6. Tabbies
sessions take place on Thursdays in the gymnasium 15:45 – 16:30. The sessions are run by
our senior level 2 cheerleaders and Mrs Murray. Please contact Mrs Murray if you
would like to sign you child up on email@example.com
Towers Tiggers – Youth Level 1
Towers Tiggers is open to all year 7 students and competes at Junior Level 1. The team currently consists of 25 year 7 students and is run on Wednesdays during Enrichment time by Miss Pochin. Towers Tiggers will be competing in The Ashford Schools Competition, BCA Schools competition and Future Cheer Schools Competition.
Towers Tigers – Junior Level 1
Towers Tigers is open to all years 8 and 9 students and competes at Junior level 1. The team currently consists of 32 years 8 and 9 students and is run on Thursday during Enrichment time by Miss Harverson. Towers Tigers will be competing in The Ashford Schools Competition, BCA Schools competition and Future Cheer Schools Competition.
Towers Tomcats – Senior Level 2
Towers Tomcats is a selected team through try outs at the start of the year and competes at Senior level 2. The team currently consists of 32 years 8-11 students and is run on Tuesdays during Enrichment time by Miss Harverson. Towers Tomcats will be competing in The Ashford Schools Competition, BCA Schools competition and Future Cheer Schools Competition.
Towers School Academy Team – Gold Dust
The Academy team are currently working towards competing in Level 2 stunts. The Academy team are also completing a level 2 Dance Leadership Award and coaching primary school students cheerleading every Friday. The Academy team will be competing in The Ashford Schools Competition, BCA Schools competition and Future Cheer Schools Competition.
Towers Aqua –Senior Stunt Level 3
Towers Aqua is our highest competing level stunt team. Towers Aqua train every Friday after school. Towers Aqua will be competing in The Ashford Schools Competition, BCA Schools competition and Future Cheer Schools Competition. Towers Aqua coaches Towers Tabbies every Thursday and will be completing their first Cheer Leadership award this month
Towers Tornadoes – Staff Team Senior Level 1
Towers Tornadoes is a team consisting of 13 members of staff from Towers School. The team will be competing in UKCA competition in May this year.
Holly & Olivia Copley made a video showing what it's like to be a Towers School cheerleader
M&M Football Academy are delighted to announce that we will be delivering the School Football Programme at Towers School and Sixth Form Centre.
M&M Football Academy was formed in 2013 by two professional footballers Sammy Moore & Jack Midson, who identified that youth in Kent weren't being given the same opportunities for those in other areas, the talent in the areas was at a high standard and it was being missed by those who could give these boys and girls the opportunities they deserved!
M&M Football Academy was ready to go with a strong and powerful ethos to give ALL kids and young adults of all abilities the opportunity to grow, develop and participate in experiences to push their dreams forward in a positive, structured environment.
M&M started with their first centre in Folkestone, Kent and have since grown, broaden out and now have added two more centres in the Isle of Sheppey and even to Hemel Hempstead where both Sammy & Jack are currently signed as management to Hemel Hempstead Town FC and are both still playing at this high standard.
Sammy and Jack will be participating in all the coaching on a daily basis and taking the team for the matches in the academies league. Their vast playing and coaching experiences will be available to transfer to all players and staff at Towers.
Our players are at the centre of everything we do – our focus is to help them develop to their full potential, increase their confidence, whilst still being in love with the game. Our staff are highly qualified and committed and professional and the environment is that of a professional academy training ground encouraging the young players to be the best version of themselves at all times.
M&M Football Academy is a unique programme for all abilities and is structured and planned by a syllabus approved by the Kent FA. M&M will play a strong and bold brand of football, consistent throughout all the age groups and teach players a discipline and culture which has education at the forefront whilst maintaining the highest standards of football but keeping the fun and joys of being a child and playing. Within our time at M&M Football Academy we have been able to secure over 10 players at professional clubs and have sent many more on trials.
M&M have a clear progression pathway throughout the academy programmes from M&M Minis, Main Academy Sessions, Professional Trials, Professional Fixtures, Scholarship programmes, Traineeships and Apprenticeships for Sport & Fitness, we strive to cater for all youth and give equal opportunity to those who participate.
KENT SCHOOLS FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION UNDER 19'S ACADEMIES CUP FINAL
Towers arrived at the Gallagher Stadium, home of Maidstone United on the crest of a wave after returning from France on Easter Monday as runners up in Vieux Conde Tournament, having reached the final without conceding a goal and losing narrowly 1-0 in a close hard fought final.
The Towers team had been well briefed by Manager Stephane Ollier of Arsenal Soccer Schools who runs the Towers Academy. The final got underway with Ravens Wood making all the early running with sharp passing and good possession of the ball. Ravens Wood were pressing well and regained possession quickly with the strong Towers defence keeping them at bay throughout the opening encounters.
The first goal came against the run of play when a slip in the Ravens wood defence allowed Charlie Cairns to gain possession and calmly slot home the opening goal.
This was just the lift that Towers needed and they started taking control of the game and piled on the pressure to a now back pedalling Ravens Wood.
Towers kept pressing well and their good possession and pressure paid off when after some crisp passing in midfield led to the ball being fed in from the wing towards the back post to a waiting Alfie Miller who fired home Towers second goal.
Towers were now in complete control of the game and were forcing Ravens Wood to play a long ball game with some desperate clearance to thwart the continued Towers pressure.
Towers dominance of the game led to them extending their lead with Alfie Miller again getting on the score sheet slotting home his second goal and making the score line 3-0 to Towers after 30 minutes.
Towers continued to press in the Ravens Wood half looking to increase their advantage and look for a fourth goal when a Ravens Wood long ball clearance caught out the up to now solid Towers defence. With the ball clearing the Towers defence a Ravens Wood striker picked up the loose ball and entered the Towers penalty area to be brought down for a penalty which was swiftly converted leaving the half time score as 3-1 to Towers.
The second half kicked off with Towers again applying the pressure on Ravens Wood who were fighting hard to get back into the game.
As players were tiring the game opened up and there were chances being created at both ends of the pitch. Towers squandered several chances to increase their lead which started to give Ravens Wood some hope of getting back into the game.
This hope was thwarted by Towers when a loose back pass by the Ravens Wood defence prompted Libert Chanyawu to press the Ravens Wood goalkeeper who made a mess of controlling the ball and despite the presence of two recovering Ravens Wood defenders Libert showed great strength to hold off the defenders and slot the ball home to make it 4-1 to Towers.
The game was now over and the cup had been taken from Ravens Wood who were the holders having won the cup in 2015/16 and a well-deserved victory was truly well earned by the Towers Academy.
Huge congratulations to all the boys who have worked so hard in order to have such an enjoyable and successful season.
Any post 16 students looking to join Tower School Football Academy should contact Jack Albin on - firstname.lastname@example.org
FUTURE CHEER 'BRINGS IT ON IN PARIS' 2017 COMPETITION
On Thursday 16th March the Towers Tigers left for Disneyland Paris to compete in the junior level one category of an international cheerleading competition.
The twenty-two cheerleaders, accompanied by Miss Harverson, Mrs Giles and Miss Davison, enjoyed three days exploring the two Disneyland parks, competed in an international competition and also performed in the Disneyland pre parade.
Eleven different countries competed in the competition on the Saturday. The Towers Tigers looked amazing on stage and hit every stunt and tumble in their routine. The team achieved 3rd place out of six teams and were the only school team in their category. We also entered a junior level one stunt team who came 6th and a senior level two team who came 4th.
On the Sunday the team performed in the Disneyland pre parade through the park with the other teams from the competition. This was a fantastic opportunity for the team!
The students were amazing throughout the trip and were a real credit to the school.
U13 RUGBY TEAM ARE KENT EMERGING SCHOOLS 7S CHAMPIONS!
A big congratulations to our U13 7s team who are Kent Emerging School 7s Champions for the second year running. Well done boys & coach!