Physical Education

The Academy has regularly gained recognition for the high quality of provision of physical education. We provide extensive sports programmes in our community and this offers students of all ages a broad range of activities to try within curriculum time and beyond. Our very dedicated PE staff run numerous teams so students can experience the challenge and enjoyment that can be gained from competitive sport. We also encourage students to become Sports Leaders and Ambassadors to experience and develop leadership skills.

We believe that everyone can benefit from physical activity, regardless of ability, to promote their health and fitness. Where physical disability is a concern, we will adapt and personalise a PE programme to suit the needs of the student. We believe there are no barriers to participation.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE PE Edexcel)

48% is practical activity (one individual activity, one team activity and two others). Students will learn and develop new skills and techniques through a range of six activities. Four sports are selected for practical assessment in the exam.

12% of the course involves specialising in one activity eg football and completing a Personal Exercise Program and Analysis of Performance interview.

40% of the course takes place in the classroom studying the theoretical knowledge required to excel in sport.

The written paper is 1h 30m and has a selection of multiple choice, short answer questions and two longer answer question; the practical assessment is based on four sports and an analysis of performance (an interview about your specialist sport). There will also be a practical moderation day.

If you have any questions about the physical education course please contact the PE department, we are always happy to help.

Key Stage 4 Core PE

In Year 10 and 11, students work in mixed ability classes according to gender. Assessments are made following the completion of a Unit of Work in a particular sport. Progress, attendance and organization are monitored. The subject content will meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, and enable the students to experience Athletics and Cross-Country, Competitive Games (badminton, basketball, cricket, dodgeball, football, handball, netball, rounder’s, rugby, softball, tennis, volleyball, hockey), Dance, Gymnastics, Fitness Gym, Relaxation and Yoga, and Sports Leadership. In Year 11, students have ‘Options’ giving them greater flexibility in the activities followed.

Key Stage 3

When students join Year 7 they are put into different mixed ability groups according to gender. This arrangement continues throughout Key Stage 3. Assessments are made following the completion of a Unit of Work in a particular sport. Progress, attendance and organization are monitored. The subject content will meet the requirements of the National Curriculum, and enable the students to experience Athletics and Cross-Country, Competitive Games (badminton, basketball, cricket, dodgeball, football, handball, netball, rounder’s, rugby, softball, tennis, volleyball, hockey), Dance, Gymnastics, Health Related Fitness, Relaxation and Yoga, and Sports Leadership.

We regularly enter inter-school competitions in a variety of sports and achieve an appreciable amount of success for a school of our size.

Clubs

Lunchtime and after-school clubs are run in a variety of activities supporting students who wish to progress further. This includes a Discovery Club encouraging and enabling less confident students (who may have SEN/D, social or behavioral difficulties) to participate in a non-competitive, friendly atmosphere. The Discovery Club also enables students to participate in school trips eg: swimming gala, sailing, horse riding, football and dance.

Students interested in Sports Leadership are encouraged to attend courses in a variety of sports. They assist in primary competitions and with inter-school clubs.

School Teams

We regularly enter Sainsbury’s School Games and have inter-school competitions in a variety of sports eg netball, football, cricket etc.

Primary Liaison

We pride ourselves on our links with our local primary schools. We run an termly Level 1 Festivals for Sainsburys School Games in Rugby, Basketball, Netball, Cricket, Tennis. Our Sports Leaders assist in the running of these events. We organize a Year 6 Transition Day with Athletics as the focus. GCSE Sports Leaders run this event. Sports Leaders assist at the local feeders school when needed, principally on Sports Days.