Physical Education plays an important role in the curriculum at Dauntsey's, with all pupils expected and encouraged to take an active part. It is the School's intention that pupils should gain experience of a wide range of physical activities and develop a level of excellence in as many areas as possible.
All pupils in the First, Second and Fourth Forms have a weekly double period of timetabled physical education and swimming, all taught by PE specialists, as well as two timetabled games sessions each week. Sixth formers also have two compulsory games sessions each week and there are sports-related extra-curricular activities for all age groups, as well as an extensive programme of sports fixtures at all levels. As part of the PE extension programme, the Third Form pupils take part in a series of weekly outdoor and adventurous activities, called Moonrakers, which culminates in a week long residential stay at the Outward Bound Centre in Aberdovey, Wales.
The School has excellent sports facilities including: two AstroTurf pitches (one floodlit), plus an adjacent warm-up/goalkeeper training facility, a heated indoor swimming pool, squash, tennis and netball courts, indoor climbing wall, fully fitted fitness suite, full-sized sports hall, and a dance studio.
Dauntsey's offers PE as an A-level subject with a syllabus that has a strong scientific element, drawing on anatomy & physiology, acquisition of skill and the historical development and cultural context of sport. Wherever possible, theoretical work is supplemented by appropriate practical activities, which are also assessed. The new OCR exam specification is due for introduction in September 2016, and links to the new course content can be found on the school intranet. The subject is recognised by universities to satisfy entry requirements for any course and would be particularly relevant to anyone thinking of higher education courses in sports science, PE, teaching or related subjects.