Physical Education at The Collett School

Physical Exercise at The Collett School

At The Collett School, we support every child to undertake PE through a range of physical activities that exercise the body and mind. We host sports clubs, scouts and holiday clubs at the school as well as after school clubs for children and adults to attend.

The benefits of physical activity are universal for all children, including those with disabilities. The participation of children with disabilities in sports and recreational activities promotes inclusion, minimizes deconditioning, optimizes physical functioning, and enhances overall well-being. Despite these benefits, children with disabilities are more restricted in their participation, have lower levels of fitness, and have higher levels of obesity than their peers without disabilities.

The Collett School's Goal (pun intended!)

The school's goal is for inclusion for all children with disabilities to access a wider range of PE activities and experiences. Children with special needs most definitely benefit from having a balance in all aspects of their life: social, physical, and mental. Participating in sports can help instil a sense of self-confidence and improve skills in relationship building and working as part of a team. As such, we are investing our fundraising efforts in the creation of an all-weather pitch for games, a track for running, cycling and swegway as well as more resources for playing games indoors and out.

The Psychological Benefits of Exercise

The psychological benefits of exercise are just as important as the physical ones. Movement develops brain cells and stimulates the production of endorphins, body chemicals that help create feelings of happiness and calmness as well as ease stress and pain. A good workout can leave students feeling better about life and about themselves. Sports can also afford the opportunity for some pupils to excel and experience success which they may find difficult in academic subject.

Particular Challenges for Children with SEND

Children with physical, cognitive and mental health disabilities face challenges every day of their lives. Some youth have limited mobility and/or tire more easily than other children and teens. For some children with sensory issues, communication challenges or difficulties with social skills, children with side effects from medication, those who are always overtired from lack of quality sleep and youth who are overweight and not physically fit at all will not have the opportunity to enjoy many organized activity programs.


In addition to the physiologic benefits of decreased body fat and increased fitness overall, regular physical activity for children with disabilities has been shown to help in controlling or slowing the progression of the chronic disease, improving overall health and function, and mediating the psychosocial impact of the condition on children and their families.

Sports Day 2018

It may have been Friday 13th but the bad omens stayed well away from Collett as glorious sunny weather made for a wonderful sports day!

Parents/carers, friends and family all made their way down to the field to watch our pupils take part in various events, including races, football, basketball, javelin, shot put and golf. The horsebox café was open for business, the bouncy castle was a hit with our pupils and there were plenty of other refreshments from the afternoon tea stand as the playground was transformed into what surely is the largest garden party in Collett history.

The Daily Mile

We regularly take part in Hertfordshire County Council's Daily Mile initiative to teach our children that keeping fit & healthy can make you feel great!

Our Daily Mile event in April 2018 was a great success, with family and friends joining the staff and students outside on the field and even along the nature trail. Thankfully, the rain paused whilst we were all outside, much to everyone’s relief! The horsebox café was also open, providing tea, coffee and… you guessed it, ice cream… to keep everyone going. Promoting a healthy lifestyle is key to our students’ development, and we were happy to host such a wonderful event.

PE - The Collett School Curriculum

Sports Premium

You can find information on our Sports Premium funding and programme via this link.