Head of Department: Mrs K Welch-Moore
PE Teacher/Head of Year 11: Mrs K Phelan
PE Teacher/ Deputy Head Teacher: Miss K Wheeler
PE Teacher/ Assistant Head Teacher: Mrs L Bowker
PE Teacher/ Assistant Head Teacher: Miss N Craig
The aim of the Physical Education Department is to provide a rich and broad curriculum that will challenge and engage pupils across a wide range of activities. The curriculum will increase pupil learning, physical development, achievement and inspire lifelong participation. Physical Education also contributes to pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Physical Education is compulsory for all Key Stage three and four pupils. Throughout both Key Stages, pupils will acquire new knowledge and skills and an in-depth understanding of Physical Education and Sport. Pupils will practice skills in a wide range of activities and use a series of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition. This will take place through team and individual games such as Netball, Basketball, Badminton, Cricket and Rounders. Pupils will develop their techniques in Athletics, Gymnastics and Dance. Health and Well-being is a consistent focus throughout each of the areas across the curriculum. Pupils will gain an in-depth knowledge regarding the factors that contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Year 7 pupils will swim during the autumn term to develop valuable water safety and personal survival skills.
During Key Stage three, pupils complete a leadership programme. Junior Award Scheme for Schools (JASS) gives pupils the opportunity to develop leadership skills in a variety of areas of the school curriculum. More specifically, the JASS programme within Physical Education allows pupils to take part in Outdoor and Adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges. Pupils will be encouraged to work individually and in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems. The JASS programme includes a module called ‘Get Active, Stay Active’ which will also be delivered through the Physical Education programme. This progresses in Key Stage 4 where pupils can opt to gain the Level 1 Leadership Award in Sport in core Physical Education.
Pupils have the chance to continue developing their leadership skills by applying for a Sports Council role. In this, students take an active part in sustaining a high profile and positive ethos both within and beyond school, for example, supporting feeder primary schools with sporting events.
Pupils who opt to take BTEC Sport will have a further two hours of lessons a week. The course is a combination of theoretical and practical aspects of Physical Education. Pupils will study and be assessed in the following modules:
- Unit 1 – Fitness for Sport & Exercise (Externally assessed through an exam)
- Unit 2 – Practical Sports Performance (Internally assessed through assignments)
- Unit 4 – The Sports Performer (Internally assessed through assignments)
- Unit 6 – Leading Sports Activities (Internally assessed through assignments)
Extra Curricular Clubs
The Physical Education Department has an extensive extra-curricular programme that provides for varying interests across the school. There is a broad range of activities that encourage development and achievement further such as Wheelchair Basketball, Athletics, Basketball, Netball, Cricket, Tag Rugby, Football, Rounders, Dance and the use of the Fitness Suite. Clubs take place during lunchtime and after school. The timetable of activities will change every half term.