Physical Education and Sport
Physical Education and Sport are integral to the culture of the school. Pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum from Year 7 through to GCSE and Advanced Level.
The wide range of activities provided by the department results in around forty students in each year group studying Physical Education at GCSE and approximately twelve in each year group continuing on to ‘A’ Level.
Staff and facilities
The PE Department is led by Mr C Williams. Mrs A Williams is Second in Department and in charge of Girls PE. They are supported by five additional teachers. With school grounds of over forty acres, the department has extensive grass games fields which include a cricket square and cricket pavilion. There is a fully equipped gymnasium and sports hall and hard surfaced outdoor netball and tennis courts.
Extra-curricular sports opportunities
The Department offers an extensive extra-curricular programme at lunchtimes and after school, which includes over 300 inter-school fixtures during the course of any one school year. These can be at District, County and National Level. House competitions in all major sports are also organised by the department, in support of the House System within the school. The annual Senior and Junior Sports Days are well supported by the whole school and events take place in both Track and Field Cups are awarded to outstanding athletes in each year group and points won go towards the yearly total for each School House.
The Department is fortunate to host schools, on an annual basis, from Argentina and Australia for rugby, hockey, netball and cricket. As well as playing rugby, a regular trip to Twickenham is also arranged to enable the students to share in the skill, excitement and spectacle of a professional game. In addition, students are taken annually to Queens Club, for the Aegon Tennis Championships.
To date, there have been six major sports tours organised by the department:
- Australia 1997
- Canada 2000
- Australia and New Zealand 2003
- Australia 2009
- Singapore, Australia and New Zealand 2013
- Australia 2016
- Plans are now underway for a tour to New Zealand & Australia in 2019.
In addition an annual ski trip is organised to various centres in Austria during the February half-term.
Key Stage 3
Physical Education is a compulsory subject with two lessons per week in Years 7 and 9 and three lessons per fortnight in Year 8. In Year 7 students are taught in mixed gender groups for Badminton, Gymnastics and Athletics and single sex groups for Rugby (boys), Hockey (girls), Cricket (boys), Cricket (girls), Rounders (girls) and Netball (girls).
In Year 8 groups become single sex and the curriculum is the same as in Year 7, except for the introduction of football for boys.
Alongside activities covered in Years 7 and 8, both boys and girls are introduced to basketball and health related exercise Year 9.
Key Stage 4: AQA GCSE PE
Pupils take the AQA GCSE course in PE. Those not taking Sport at GCSE follow the core curriculum pathway of practical activities. Pupils who are strong practical performers and who show a real interest in Physical Education and Sport through their involvement in school sports teams, are encouraged to apply for this course. The course comprises of both practical and theory based lessons, with pupils learning about fitness and training and having a healthy lifestyle, diet, the circulatory system, how school influences your involvement in sport, the skeletal system and international competition. They are also encouraged to take on different roles such as coach or official.
In addition to practical assessment carried out in school, pupils are encouraged to provide video evidence of sports played outside school and also have the opportunity to be assessed on the school ski trip, during February half term.
OCR: Cambridge National Award in Sport Studies
The course gives students an understanding of a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport and an opportunity to focus on a range of practical activities.
The course focuses on the following areas of study:
- Developing player performance
- Gaining and practicing coaching skills
- Gaining a greater understanding of how sport can be a force for good at local, national and international levels, because of its ability to bring people together.
- Students will be assessed in all practical activities, but will have their best TWO Marks carried forward for assessment. One in a team activity and one in an individual activity.
- Practical work consists of 25% of the final grade.
- Two written assignments, each worth 25% of the final grade.
- Further Theoretical content will be assessed by ONE written examination, which covers contemporary issues in sport, such as, participation levels and barriers and the role of high profile sporting events. This constitutes 25% of the final grade.
Students are encouraged and expected to involve themselves in extra-curricular activities and clubs, both inside and outside of school.
Key Stage 5: OCR ‘A’ Level PE
Pupils have the opportunity to opt for the OCR Advanced Level PE course, where they focus on one chosen sports in Year 12 and one in Year 13. Students must take GCSE PE in order to be eligible for the course. Throughout the course disciplines such as psychology, sociology, physiology and anatomy are studied to enable students to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the modern day sporting arena and are assessed through an exam and their performance in two different activities.
The academic, multi-disciplined nature of Physical Education has resulted in students receiving a wide range of offers and opportunities both in Higher Education and the work place. Students have gone on to degree courses including Politics, Sports Science, Sociology, Biology, English, Chemistry and History and over the years some have become professional sportsmen and women.