Our goal in Physical Education is that all students enjoy sport and exercise, establish the desire for life-long fitness and feel encouraged to participate in extra-curricular sporting activities.
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 are introduced to games, gymnastics, dance, fitness and athletics. During these years, students are taught to consider tactics and analyse performance, develop their playing skills and are made aware of the health and safety issues involved in physical education. In Year 10 and 11, students are introduced to a wider range of sports and encouraged to work towards higher level skills in activities they have already experienced.
We offer two GCSE courses; one which involves games activities and one that concentrates on gymnastics, dance and athletics. Both courses have a 60% practical element and 40% theory. The theory part of the course covers basic anatomy, the body systems, sport and society and health related fitness.
As an alternative to GCSE, we offer Btec First Certificate in Sport. Designed to help prepare a student for a career in sports, this qualification develops knowledge and skills while giving a feel for the demands of working in the industry. It is assessed purely on coursework and does not include a terminal examination. The PE department also offers the Junior Sports Leader Award. This is a nationally recognised award which aims to develop planning, self-discipline, teamwork, communication and organisation skills.