An understanding of a leading and sustaining a healthy lifestyle, and the importance of physical activity to help achieve this is advocated across a broad range of activities. Students will experience opportunities to compete in physical activity, recognise and embed values such as fairness and respect for others and develop an appreciation of skilful and creative performances.
The College has a heated 25m indoor swimming pool, a large sports hall, a gymnasium, three tennis courts, a floodlit full size 3g all weather pitch, a fitness suite and ample flat, well drained playing fields in addition to a wide range of equipment for all curriculum areas.
How learning is organised
Most practical lessons are taught in single sex groups, and students work with others of a similar ability. All students receive a minimum of two hours of physical education a week
Years 7, 8 and 9
At KS3, all students follow courses in athletic activities, fitness, games, gymnastics and swimming. Students are involved in planning, performing and evaluating and are assessed on performance, knowledge and understanding, decision making, coaching and feedback and leadership.
Years 10 and 11
By KS4, students are expected to have a greater input into the planning and evaluation of their learning, and should be refining the skills they have learned at Key Stage 3. Students are introduced to a number of new activities alongside those experienced at KS3, and as before are
assessed on performance, knowledge and understanding, decision making, coaching and feedback and leadership. The knowledge and understanding gained by students will enable them to make a considered choice of which activities they wish to pursue into adulthood. Sports Leadership is also integrated into the activities to develop confidence and the ability to lead others. In addition some students may wish to undertake an examination course: GCSE Physical Education or BTEC First in Sport.
GCSE Physical Education (OCR) comprises both practical (30%) and theory (70%) components and offers the students the opportunity to extend their practical skills and understanding of theoretical principles.
The theory components are assessed via two written final examinations (1 hour each) sat at the end of year 11.
- Component 1: Physical factors affecting performance
- Component 2: Socio Cultural issues and Sports psychology
- Component 3: Performance within Physical Education. This is broken down and assessed in two sections.
Part 1: Three practical performances in the role of performer. One performance must come from and individual activity, one from a team activity and one from either list. This section is worth 30%.
You must select one individual and one team sport/activity. Your third choice can be from either list.
See DfE sport/activity list:
Part 2: Analysis of performance of a sport or activity. This is worth 10% of the final mark.
(These parts of the course are assessed internally, externally moderated)
BTEC First in Sport Level 2 (Edexcel)
BTEC Sport is very diverse in its approach. This course is 75% coursework and 25% online exam.
The coursework is completed via numerous assignments and they are very different in nature and can range from planning and carrying out a training programme to assessing a performer’s practical performance. Further information and a full specification can be found at www.edexcel.com
Depending on grade, it can lead onto A level PE. The course develops transferable skills and key skills that employers are looking for, which can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities. This can include further training in such areas as recreational management, leisure activities, coaching, officiating, the fitness industry, the armed forces and the Civil Service.