Physical Education and Games
Physical Education develops pupils’ awareness of mentally, physically and socially healthy lifestyles. Through using practical resources to reinforce theoretical material, students learn about training regimes and healthy eating, as well as participate in sport.
PE is a popular subject and successful GCSE course; students at the School consistently receive results above the national average. All of the Physical Education staff help with teaching the courses and have expertise in a variety of areas, which helps students to achieve their outstanding results.
The PE programme often invites guest speakers to share their insights into various aspects of the course. Students also extend their PE training to clubs and sport outside the School.
Successful students are the ones who have a genuine passion for sport and who stay informed about current affairs and news relating to the subject. Successful PE pupils go on to study a wide range of topics, including Dentistry, Physiotherapy, Medicine and Psychology, as well as sport-based courses.
High-level performers in PE will do well on the practical side of examinations, but students who work hard and are genuinely interested in the subject have proven to be equally, if not more, successful.
Key Stage 3
In the first three years, we follow the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. During this stage, all pupils will have one double lesson of Physical Education and one triple lesson of Games each week. They will experience at least four areas of activity in any year.
The areas of activity include athletic activities, dance, games, gymnastic activities, and outdoor and adventurous activities. Swimming is included in the programme as part of athletic activities at this stage. Throughout this Key Stage, pupils will be involved in the planning and evaluation of sessions as well as taking part in them.
GCSE - Physical Education
Pupils who choose Physical Education at GCSE level will follow the AQA specification. They will develop their skills and understanding through selected practical activities and will also develop their knowledge of factors that affect participation and performance.
Rules, etiquette and convention will also be developed along with an awareness of the health benefits of and risks associated with taking part in physical activity. Pupils will also develop the skills to analyse and improve their own and others’ performance.
Pupils who choose Physical Education at A-Level will follow the AQA specification. Combined with participation in sport, pupils should be able to confidently analyse and evaluate the quality of a performance and develop strategies for improvement. The course enhances both qualitative and quantitative skills and is ideally suited to a wide range of further education courses, though particularly to those associated with a sporting nature.