|Physical Education (PE) encourages and challenges pupils to achieve their optimum, physically and mentally, through participation and, where appropriate, competition in a wide range of individual, racket and team sports.
PE stimulates and maintains pupil interest and enjoyment in physical activities and promotes health and fitness for current and future lifestyles. Our pupils understand the short and long term effects of exercise on the body, and the importance of safe practice in physical activities. PE aids young people in developing a range of desirable personal qualities such as, respect, self-discipline, determination, self-confidence, initiative and independent thinking.
Teaching and learning in the department is fun, with pupils working individually and as part of a team in a variety of activities. All pupils in the Junior School, First Forms to Third Forms, have Physical Education which is taught by full time qualified staff as a double timetabled lesson.
In the GCSE years a diverse and challenging co-educational curriculum is followed, enabling pupils to excel and perform. Where pupils are particularly talented in an activity not covered in the GCSE PE curriculum or in the Games/Activities programme, they are encouraged to video and conduct their own independent external performance assessment which can be submitted as one of their four practical activities.
In the Sixth Form, those electing to study PE will follow the Pearson EdExcel BTEC Sport Level 3 National Extended Certificate. This is the equivalent of 1 A Level and is widely accepted by universities throughout the country. The BTEC Sport course comprises of 4 units, Anatomy & Physiology, Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport & Well-being, Professional Development in the Sports Industry and Practical Sports Performance.
In year one pupils study the Anatomy & Physiology and Fitness Training and Programming for Health, sport & Well-being. These are both externally assessed units, a written exam and a timed case study written exam respectively. In year two pupils will continue to study Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport & Well-being, as well as Professional Development in the Sports Industry and Practical Sports Performance. The latter two units are internally assessed through coursework assignments, which are periodically set throughout the year. These are designed to challenge understanding and develop the pupil’s skills through various applied assignment scenarios. The varied modes of assessment develop the pupil’s study skills to prepare them fully for the demands of further education.
The department runs an annual university visit to promote higher education opportunities in Sports Science, leisure and recreation, sports studies, sports coaching and Physical Education. Pupils also have the opportunity to engage in vocational experiences to provide an insight into potential career pathways in the sports industry. We attend specialist workshops which build on the GCSE PE and BTEC Sport courses, thus allowing pupils to apply some of the principles and theories of sports science in a practical laboratory setting. Past destinations include Staffordshire University, Leeds Carnegie, Loughborough and Sheffield Hallam Universities, as well as the English Institute of Sport.
Further subject information can be found in the relevant school curriculum document on the Curriculum page.