Opportunities to take part in sport – both as an individual and as part of a team – and perform in a competitive environment enrich students’ experience in school. Sport teaches us about working together. It builds character and helps to embed values such as fairness and respect.
Competition promotes endurance, one of our five ‘LEARN for Success’
attributes. It spurs us on when we are flagging. It reminds us that success doesn’t come easily and teaches us to deal with, and learn from, setbacks and defeat.
Sport is also important for promoting health and well-being. Taking part in sport teaches us how to lead healthy, active lives, as well as helping improve our understanding of, and skill levels.
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 winter sports such as football, rugby, basketball, netball, badminton and handball and health-related fitness. Our summer curriculum offers the opportunity for students to excel in traditional sports such as cricket, rounders, softball, volleyball and athletics in addition to modern activities such as ultimate frisbee.
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 to complement traditional gymnastics. Boxing / boxercise, step aerobics and UKDBA dodgeball 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 Sport Week
PE in key stage 4
Students who opt for PE take the BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport. Uptake in PE is high and increased rapidly over recent years with the vast majority of students achieving at least, if not above, their expected grade.
Examination Board: Pearson
Specification Name: BTEC Sport
Link: BTEC PE