Sport is at the heart of school life providing every student with the opportunity to fulfil their dreams, aspirations and need to have a physically active lifestyle.

Extensive grounds and facilities enable a wide variety of sports to be played with the opportunity to take part in many extra-curricular clubs available to all students.

The curriculum provides the students with the opportunity to develop their skills, understanding and interest in a host sporting experiences.

The department has eight highly qualified and enthusiastic physical education teachers ably supported by a number of specialist sports coaches from local professional clubs and national sporting governing bodies. This wealth of experience allows students to have the opportunities to compete at year, district, county, regional, and national level.

At the heart of our philosophy is the desire to provide each of our students with the opportunity to access high quality physical education in our warm and friendly community.

We firmly believe that learning extends beyond the classroom and everyone is encouraged to participate to develop their skills and also to understand the importance of an active healthy lifestyle and the value of working as part of a team.

Our vision is to offer a differentiated programme of movement and sport which ensures that all students:

  • develop skills to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • understand the importance of personal health, fitness and safety and lead healthy, active lives
  • foster a lifetime love of sport.

KS3

All students participate in at least two hours of PE every week in key stage 3.

All pupils at KS3 will be taught using Key Concepts: 

  • Competence.
  • Performance.
  • Creativity.
  • Healthy and active lifestyle.
  • Body Image.

Pupils should be able to: Develop skills in physical activity

  • Refine and adapt skills into techniques.
  • Develop the range of skills they use.
  • Develop the precision, control and fluency of their skills.

Pupils should be able to: Make and apply decisions

  • Select and use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas effectively in different creative, competitive and challenge-type contexts.
  • Refine and adapt ideas and plans in response to changing circumstances.
  • Plan and implement what needs practising to be more effective in performance.

Pupils should be able to: Develop physical and mental capacity

  • Develop their physical strength, stamina, speed and flexibility to cope with the demands of Different activities.
  • Develop their mental determination to succeed.

Pupils should be able to: Evaluate and improve

  • Analyse performances, identifying strengths and weaknesses.
  • Make decisions about what to do to improve their performance and the performance of others.
  • Act on these decisions in future performances.
  • Be clear about what they want to achieve in their own work and what they have actually achieved.

Pupils should be able to:  Make informed choices about healthy, active lifestyles

  • Identify the types of activity they are best suited to.
  • Identify the types of role they would like to take on.
  • Make choices about their involvement in healthy physical activity.

The curriculum will be delivered using a range of different activities/sports taken from 6 key areas.

Achievement, Excel and Success Pathways – Year 7 & Year 8

Pupils will be taught the knowledge, skills and understanding through different areas of activity:

  • Games activities.
  • Athletic activities.
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities.
  • Trampolining/Dance.
  • Fitness testing and tracking.

Achievement, Excel and Success Pathways – Year 9

Pupils will be given the opportunity to become more expert in their knowledge, skills and understanding through four areas of activity:Pupils will be given the opportunity to become more expert in their knowledge, skills and understanding through four areas of activity:

  • Games activities.
  • Athletic activities.
  • Outdoor and adventurous activities.
  • Trampolining/Dance.
  • Fitness testing and tracking.

KS4

Core Physical Education:

Students have one core PE lesson per week. Groups are organised in single sex, mixed ability groupings.

During Years 10 and 11, a core Physical Education programme is followed by all students at the School. The aim at Key Stage 4 is to provide students with activities that will encourage them to take part in a healthy and active lifestyle beyond school life.

Where possible, students choose termly from a selection of programmes. A wide variety of games is offered, including both individual and team games as well as net-wall games and striking/fielding games. These may include: badminton, basketball, netball, cricket, football, rounders, softball. Students will also have the opportunity to take part in a number of health & fitness related options, including step aerobics, circuit training, indoor rowing and S.A.Q training. All students are expected to follow a least one of the programmes of study. The emphasis is on developing positive attitudes to physical activity, and students are, therefore, expected to participate fully in the programme chosen developing and fostering a lifelong love of active participation.

Within the units covered the emphasis is on developing positive attitudes to physical activity, and students are, therefore, expected to participate fully in all PE lessons (100% participation policy).  A great deal of importance is placed on helping students develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating.  Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.

The key concepts and processes include;

  • Developing Physical and Mental Capacity.
  • Developing Skills/Performance.
  • Making and Applying Decisions.
  • Making Informed Choices about Healthy and Active Lifestyles.
  • Evaluating and Improving.

GCSE Physical Education: AQA

Course Structure:

Theory            60% External Examination

Practical         40% Internally Assessed/Externally Moderated

In Year 10/11 groups are taught in mixed ability and single sex groups.

GCSE PE is open to all students but is more suited to those who excel in science and participate in school teams or external sports clubs. We do expect students to have shown full participation, enthusiasm and appropriate conduct during their Year 9 P.E. lessons. We also expect students to have achieved at least an average grade of 7 in their practical core PE and to have achieved over 50% in their end of year 9 theory test.

Throughout the two year course students will continue to improve in the sports experienced at key stage 3.

The first and most important part of the course (60%) revolves around the theory of sport, covering the following areas:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Individual differences
  • The demands of performance
  • Health, fitness and a healthy active lifestyle
  • Training
  • Diet
  • School influences
  • Cultural and social factors
  • Opportunities and pathways for becoming involved in physical activities
  • International and other factors
  • Drugs in Sport
  • The media

The second part of the course is practically based and weighted at 40%.

  • 30% Practical Performance
  • 10 % Analysis of Performance

Students will be assessed in 3 activities from the full range of National Curriculum areas. There will be flexibility within these areas to allow all students to show themselves at their best. Students are now only assessed as a performer and no longer as a coach or official. There is also an analysis of performance which involves critically analysing their own or others performance within one of their chosen activities they are assessed in.

Extra-curricular opportunities

(For more details of clubs see whole school extra-curricular timetable)

We offer a wide range of extra-curricular sports clubs and activities including:

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Homework expectations

GCSE PE (YR10/YR11)

  • Homework is given to students on a weekly basis
  • Homework is directly related to the topic students are currently studying
  • Teachers are expected to provide feedback for all homework completed

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