PE and Sports Science

    Steve May 

    Head of PE and Sports Science

    An old boy of the school, Steve joined Hurst full time in 2011, having previously worked as a sports coach in a number of local primary and prep schools – including our own. He studied Sport and Exercise Sciences at the University of Chichester and gained his PGCE at the University of Sussex. Steve is keen to promote the physical side of his subject making sure that every student is appropriately challenged and encouraged to develop a lifelong passion for physical activity. His specialist subject interests include exercise physiology and the use of modern technology in sport. Steve is Assistant Housemaster in boys boarding house Star, Master-in-charge of Athletics and the 1st XV rugby coach. 


    Physical Education is integrated within the curriculum throughout the school. Our aim is to ensure that students learn in a safe environment where they are encouraged to take risks, whether that be by working collaboratively in gymnastics or individually in the swimming pool. The central theme is to promote a lifelong involvement in physical activity.


    As our students move into the Sixth Form they can continue to follow their passion for sport by opting for A-level Physical Education or a BTEC in Sport Studies.

    A-level Physical Education is a diverse course which looks in depth at the physiological, psychological, technological and sociological aspects that influence sport. This ranges from the physiology factors that enable Usain Bolt to run 100m in 9.58s, to the influence of the Olympic movement on participation at grass roots level. Students will be assessed in three exam papers and on their own practical ability for their chosen sport. We follow the OCR specification.

    Sports Studies allows our students to look at the slightly broader aspects of sport in society, this ranges from sports nutrition to sports massage and developing training programmes for both the elite and novice participant. Sport Studies is a coursework-based option where students develop excellent research and presentation skills to show their understanding and gain credit towards their final grade.

    Coaches and staff

    The department benefits from highly enthusiastic and experienced members of staff with differing backgrounds and experience of high level of sport and theoretical knowledge from Sports Performance, Exercise Physiology, Sports Nutrition and Physical Education courses at degree level. This experience proves most beneficial when guiding our students onto higher education.

    Beyond Hurst

    We are extremely proud of all of our students who have graduated through all levels of physical education offered, many of whom go onto higher education courses in both sports and other fields at excellent universities.

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