Our sporting facilities, centred around the massive new sports hall, complete with acoustic panels and a sprung wooden floor, are designed to inspire sporting excellence. Our lunchtime and extra-curricular clubs are hugely popular and our school teams are flying.
Aspiration is nurtured through a programme of regular trips to watch elite-level sporting events, opportunities to work with inspirational role models from the sporting world and our annual international sporting tour, playing against teams from across Europe.
Mr Metcalf, Head of PE
PE in Key Stage 3
PE is a hugely popular part of the timetable with students receiving two lessons of core PE a week. Students follow a broad curriculum, encouraging them to lead a healthy and active lifestyle whilst also preparing them for the rigours of Key Stage 4. Students are given the opportunity to participate in traditional team games such as football, rugby, basketball, netball and handball in addition to other activities such as health-related fitness, athletics, rounders, badminton and short tennis.
Our forward-thinking department has integrated popular student friendly sports into the curriculum such as futsal (a South-American inspired five-a-side version of football) and parkour / free-running as an alternative to traditional rhythmic gymnastics. Boxing and cross-fit also make the cut in our ultra-modern curriculum.
At Key Stage 3 students also engage in a range of project-based learning weeks, offering an insight into the world of sport. These include:
- Girls Football Week
- National Football Week
- Sport Relief
- This Girl Can
- National School Sports Week
PE in Key Stage 4
Students may choose to study either GCSE PE or BTEC Sport. Uptake in PE is high and students follow the course that offers them the best possible chance of maximising their potential.
Examination Board: OCR
Specification Name: GCSE (9-1) Physical Education
In GCSE PE, 40% of the mark is made up of a practical element, with 60% awarded upon the successful completion of two challenging one-hour written examinations.
Examination Board: Pearson
Specification Name: BTEC Sport
Link: BTEC PE
For BTEC, students study four units covering:
- Practical sport
- The sports performer in action
- Leading sporting activities
- Knowledge of anatomy and physiology (written examination)
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