Year 7 and 8
Within Key Stage 3 students will follow a rich and diverse core programme of activities, which is progressive throughout the Key Stage. Students will focus on developing the necessary skills, techniques and strategies to improve their sporting performance, and also be introduced to new sporting activities from across the PE curriculum. Most activities are taught in single sex groups throughout Key Stage 3, and will include most of the following activities:
Boys – basketball, trampolining, badminton, table tennis, gymnastics, rugby, fitness, football, hockey, rounders, cricket, tennis and athletics.
Girls – basketball, netball, trampolining, badminton, table tennis, gymnastics, fitness, football, hockey, rounders, tennis and athletics.
Years 9, 10, 11
In Years 9, 10 and 11, students may chose to study our GCSE PE examination course and will have 5 lessons a cycle, which are split into theory and practical lessons. Those who study GCSE PE are entered for the Edexcel examination. Their work includes assessment of practical activities (48%) and an analysis of performance (12%). Both of these are assessed internally under controlled conditions. The examination takes the form of a written exam (40%). It is externally assessed and measures students’ understanding of the relationship between exercise, diet, work and rest and how, together, they contribute to a balanced and healthy lifestyle.
Every student during Key Stage 4 will follow a core Physical Education programme, for 3 lessons a cycle. Here students will build upon the skills learnt at Key Stage 3, and apply further tactical knowledge and understanding to competitive (and more recreational) situations. Activities will comprise of several from the Key Stage 3 list. Our main aim in Key Stage 4 is to be able to continue to model a healthy active lifestyle, where students can both enjoy themselves, and be stimulated by, a positive environment.
In the Sixth Form, students can study AS and A2 Physical Education and are entered for the OCR examination. In each year students complete one written paper and two practical assessments, as well as a coursework based piece of work. The practical exam (40%) consists of students following two performances (sports) and some written coursework. The written paper (60%) consists of questions on all three theory units which focus on sports physiology, sports psychology and socio-cultural issues.
We have an extensive extra-curricular programme which caters for the dedicated school team players, and those that want to relax in a friendly environment. Our activities are diverse and popular, from boxing to majorettes, football to table tennis. Our school teams are well represented in the district and county tournaments, with weekly training and lots of inter-school and inter-house competitions. A termly programme will be available to let you know what we currently offer, with opportunities every day of the week.