Surf’s up for Gosforth girls’ new-style PE lessons

Pupils at Westfield School in Gosforth have been taking PE lessons with a difference in a bid to enrich the curriculum

Pupils at Westfield School in Gosforth enjoy surfing lessons at Tynemouth
Pupils at Westfield School in Gosforth enjoy surfing lessons at Tynemouth

Pupils have been taking on PE lessons with a difference.

The month-long effort to inject interest into the curriculum at Westfield School in Gosforth, Newcastle, kicked off with a visit from players from Team Northumbria’s Premier League netball squad.

The side put the Junior House girls through their paces with a coaching master class. Senior girls were then off to Parklands Golf Course in Gosforth, where they had a coaching session on the finer points of the game with the course’s PGA assistant teaching pro, Kris Bengtsson.

And now the girls have donned wetsuits and dipped their toes into the North Sea for an extreme PE lesson – surfing at Tynemouth. PE teacher Nicky Baguley said: “The girls have excelled in their physical education this year. Many of the school’s teams have enjoyed great success at inter-school competitions.


“The visit from members of the Team Northumbria netball squad was a fantastic experience for the junior girls.

“These are some of the greatest players in the UK, so to have had more than an hour with them was invaluable and really helped sharpen their knowledge of the game. The golf and surfing lessons were added as we want to make sure the girls enjoy new and different experiences.

“It’s not all about netball or hockey. The students who went to the golf course and out to Tynemouth have really enjoyed their experiences.”

In addition, the PE department has also created a new weekly students’ running club, which has proved so popular that staff and even parents have joined in the lunchtime runs.

Headmistress Marion Farndale added: “We’ve always been a school that encourages new and enriching experiences regardless of subject.

“The physical education and healthy physical development of the girls is no different and is something we are very proud of.

“While we have enjoyed a great year of sporting achievement against other schools, we’re just as proud to be in a position to offer new and unique experiences too.”



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