Physical Education has continued to have a high profile within the school, and is considered to be a thriving and successful department by students, staff, parents and the local community.
Our aim is to provide opportunities for all students to develop a range of skills in an exciting and challenging environment. We believe that it is essential that students feel confident and at ease, allowing them to push themselves on to reaching higher feats and being willing to take appropriate risks to get there.
We aim to foster personal responsibility within our students, equip them with lifelong skills that they will transfer into their everyday lives, and give them the opportunity to develop into healthy, active citizens in the future. We provide an enthusiastic and enjoyable environment, while offering the opportunities for progress along the pathway to excellence for our more talented students.
Students all have two, one hour PE lessons a week in Y7-10 (Y11 is 1.5 hours a week) and can choose to do GCSE and A Level PE as well.
Key Stage 3: Y7, 8 & 9
Students learn a wide range of sports across the year in their curriculum PE lessons: hockey, netball, gymnastics, dance, badminton, basketball, volleyball, fitness, tennis, athletics and rounders as well as doing some basic PE theory within their practical lessons.
Year 9 students also have the opportunity to do football, rugby, rhythmic gymnastics, sports acro, trampolining, fitness gym, team challenges and softball. We allow our Y9 students to choose whether they do a games-based programme, an aesthetics-based programme or a combination of both. We feel by allowing students this choice as they get older their engagement is higher.
Key Stage 4: Y10 & 11
In curriculum PE students cover all the sports listed in Key Stage 3 as well as being able to do additional extras such as yoga, body balance, self defence and squash. As with Year 9, students choose whether they do a games-based programme, aesthetics-based programme or a combination of both.
Students can also opt to take GCSE PE. We follow the AQA exam board, which is 60% theory and 40% practical. Students are assessed on four sports, one of which must be a team sport.
The theory content covers a wide range of areas, including anatomy and physiology, psychology and sociocultural topics.
Extra-Curricular: All Years
The PE curriculum is well supported by an extensive range of extra-curricular activities offered both at lunchtime and after school. Club activities encourage a large membership irrespective of ability, but from the clubs, students are selected to join squads who have further training sessions to prepare them for school competitions in netball, hockey, indoor hockey, rounders, tennis, football, athletics, cross-country and gymnastics. Girls can also compete in rowing, trampolining, swimming and horse riding.
We often have unprecedented success in reaching National Finals in more than one sport – in recent years reaching National Finals in swimming, netball, hockey, indoor hockey and gymnastics with our U18 netball team taking gold, and our U18 indoor hockey team and U18 gymnastics team taking bronze. Further to that we have reached Regional Finals in dance and athletics.
Inter-house competitions are also held annually, known as the Pip Cup. These events provide an opportunity for all students to participate and bond in their Houses.
For more information please visit the Sports pages.