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, I have coached tennis and squash at St Catherine's for many years and encourage over 200 girls a week to play tennis and squash throughout the year. I coach team players in all year groups and many have enjoyed success at various tournaments that take place in the Summer Term.  On the tennis court, I encourage the girls to be consistent but to experiment and develop their all-court game.  On the squash court, I enjoy making the pupils run although some of them prefer the hard-hitting game but whichever strategy one enjoys, it is always necessary to take fitness seriously.  On that point, in my free time, I enjoy going to the gym for circuits, boot camps, kettlebells, spin and yoga.  In the winter holidays, I enjoy skiing and in the summer, hiking and swimming in the sea.
    A licensed coach, I keep 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. I am 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.
  • Emilie Chandler
    Emilie studied a BA Hons in Physical Education at Leeds Beckett University.  Emilie has represented England Lacrosse since the age of 15 as a goalkeeper, where she was on the U19 set up for 3 years before moving to the Senior England Squad where she is still currently involved. She also represented Great Britain at the World Games in 2017 where they narrowly missed out on a bronze medal. Emilie is a resident member of staff who is regularly seen in all boarding houses. Outside of school, Emilie enjoys staying active, going on holidays and spending time with family and friends.
  • Laura Cox
    Laura Cox: I am the Head of Netball at St Catherine’s and a fully fledged member of the mighty Stoner House; I am absolutely loving every minute of it!  Alongside my pastoral commitments I am a lead teacher of A level PE and to support this, I am a specialist marker for the OCR exam board for A level Sports Psychology.  I also co-ordinate the St Catherine’s Sports Volunteers programme and in the summer term, I am Head of Athletics, which I love!  
    Until recently I was Assistant Coach for the ‘Netball South’ francise, as part of the National Performance Foundation League, and after a short break to complete my Level 3 in netball coaching this year, I hope to find another similar elite coaching position which will feed into my work at St Catherine’s.  
    Outside of work I am a season ticket holder at Surrey Storm and love watching these games and pretty much any live sport!  I also play on the staff netball team and we are currently top of the local league. Whilst my sporting life keeps me incredibly busy, my goal for next year is to finally get a dog of my own and train it into a super-pup!
  • Emily Gray
    Emily completed a BSc in Sports Science with Management at Loughborough University. She then went on to complete her GTP at Berkhamsted School, where she then worked for 6 years. She has represented England since she was 14, playing in an U19 World Cup, winning a bronze medal in 2007, 2 x Senior World Cups and 2 x European Champions winning 2 gold medals. Emily continues to play for Senior England and has aspirations of achieving more in her England career. In her own time she enjoys spending time with her friends, travelling and socialising. 
  • Helen Harkness
    Helen completed her BEd Hons in Physical Education at Chichester University (previously West Sussex Institute of Higher Education). Prior to joining St Catherine’s she was a Head of Department teaching both PE and GCSE Dance, before moving her career into pastoral management.  Helen has a duly role at St Catherine’s along side PE teaching she lives on site and runs the Year 9 Boarding House.  She has a passion for skiing and running and enjoys watching and taking part in musical theatre and dance.  Helen loves recreational sport and the simple joy of being involved.
  • Lorraine Kowalewska
    Lorraine studied Primary Education with Physical Education at Roehampton University.  She has also been a level 2 netball coach since 2012 and is in the process of completing her Level 3 netball coaching qualification. She has coached netball for over ten years and she also plays for the Superleague Franchise Surrey Storm based at Surrey Sports Park. Her sporting highlight was playing in the Fast Five Netball tournament in 2018 at Copper Box in London with Sharni Layton in her team (she is an amazing defender and ex-international Australian GK). Alongside teaching role she is part of the Sixth Form boarding team and her husband and daughter both live with her in boarding. They all really enjoy the community feel, particularly making use of the amazing facilities at school.
  • Emily McWilliam
  • Joanna Paish
    Jo studied Physical Education with QTS at the University of Brighton (Chelsea PE College). She joined St Catherine’s in 2018 and is enjoying working with such a diverse team of staff.  Jo loves to represent the schools individual sporting athletes as well as the team sports including: Gymnastics, Trampolining, Cross-Country, Golf and Swimming. Jo is a resident member of the boarding community and is often found in the sixth form CB or the Bronte boarding houses.   Jo is a keen runner and has recently completed her first marathon and Great North run. Jo also enjoys reading, watching movies and traveling, having recently completed the Salkantay trek to Machu Picchu.
  • Miss Arabella Pearson, Lacrosse Specialist
    Arie completed a BSc in Sports Coaching and Science at Loughborough University and is currently completing her ITT while at St Catherine’s. During Arie’s time at Loughborough she played Lacrosse for the women’s 1st team and represented Wales at the 2015 U19 World Cup. Arie is a St Cats Alumna who also spent her gap year in the PE Department so knows the school very well! Outside of School and Lacrosse Arie enjoys running, traveling and spending time with her friends.
  • Krystyna Sawicki
    Krystyna completed her BSc (Hons) in Physical Education in the Secondary Years at the University of Chichester. Whilst at University Krystyna captained the 1st Netball Team as well as being selected for the English Universities Team in 2018, where she was given the opportunity to play alongside current England and Superleague players. Krystyna currently plays for the Downs Regional Netball team with the hope to advance to the Premier League team. Alongside netball, Krystyna regularly goes to the gym and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
  • Gayle Vickers
    Head of Swimming: (currently on Maternity leave).  I coach swimming to all Senior girls and also the Prep School swimming squads. I studied music at the University of Warwick (BA QTS) while also taking my Personal Training examinations up to Level 3 and full swimming coaching qualifications.I love walking Guincho my very needy cockapoo, learning the drums and playing my trumpet in the school jazz band! Some of my sporting highlights include:
    LACROSSE: I represented England U18, U21, and Senior level in Lacrosse for over 12 years and received a Junior and Full Cap. 
    TRIATHLON: Since 2010 I represented GB in my age group in Triathlon at the European and World Championships and also in the 70.3 Ironman World Championships. In 2014 I was British Champion for my age group in the Sprint distance, was 5th in the European Championships in Austria (2014) and also Geneva (2015). In the World Championships in New Zealand and London gained a top 10 placing.
    GLADIATORS: In 2008, I competed in the television version of Gladiators; selected to be a contestant out of over 80,000 people and reaching the semi-finals of the show.
  • 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.