Mr D Abel
Mrs L Shotton
Mr K A Warrilow
Physical Education in schools is vitally important. With the current generations ability to access numerous technological gadgets which make life easier but more sedentary it is getting more and more important to have a healthy and active school PE curriculum. Physical education aims to develop three key benefits, that of physical, mental/emotional and social.
Physical benefits are such things as improved stamina, resistance to disease and infection, better posture and muscle tone but also a huge contributor to the prevention of type 2 diabetes and heart conditions related to obesity. Mental benefits are the release of endorphins and serotonin which help us to feel better and raise our self-esteem. Finally, PE will develop their social skills in meeting new people through fixtures and the essential quality of teamwork and empathy for others.
It is integral that students develop a healthy and enthusiastic attitude towards PE that will stay with them after school to encourage lifelong physical, emotional and social wellbeing. PE experiences help develop skills such as communication, problem solving, resilience and focus, we recognise this importance and therefore provide our students with a wide range of PE experiences, including house and school fixtures. It will be expected that students are able to become organised, knowledgeable, and solid leaders.
The fact that students will try a huge variety of sports in our curriculum is done on purpose to try and encourage lifelong participation in sport but also to give students a fresh impetus to the subject regularly as they learn new skills or master old ones. Students throughout the course will be guided on how to develop their fitness levels outside of the school environment through various training sessions that they can participate in in their own time, and how to perform these safely.
Physical Education is the release that some students need from the pressures and strains of the classroom.
What do we teach?
Key Stage 3
Our curriculum is based on the key elements of PE in the 2013 National curriculum
We want students to succeed and become talented in a variety of sports. We aim to give students a holistic view to physical education and its benefits and we do this by teaching students to experience success and failure, reason to open situations of ever evolving game settings and then solve problems.
The PE curriculum is broken into KS3 & KS4. At KS3 students rotate around a number of sports, these include rugby, football, sportshall athletics, fitness, netball, handball, trampolining, basketball, gymnastics, badminton, table tennis, tennis, athletics, rounders and cricket. The students will follow specific paths based upon a number of conditions. Firstly, their teacher. We try and make staff deliver what they are competent at delivering, find engaging and challenging. This allows the students to grow in their mindsets and abilities. Secondly, their group. Students at KS3 are split into three groups where numbers are greater, a boys, girls and a mixed group. The single sex groups are usually the students with a strength or preference or ability to PE. The mixed group is usually one which has students where PE isn’t their current strength or one where we feel they can be supported greater in their development. And last of all the sports are dictated by the facilities and seasons of sport. For example in the Summer, athletics, cricket, tennis and rounders are followed as the sportshall is in use for examinations and the inter-school events for these sports are at this time.
Sports will also follow a path in KS3 which develops the skills learnt in previous years and also gear them up to the challenge of GCSE PE, inter-school competitions and house events. All sports follow the guidelines set from National Governing Bodies e.g. rugby follows the regular changes required in the game to then allow students to follow that pathway into sport and to do it safely.
Core PE at KS4 is different to that of KS3. We aim to give students the opportunity the chance to choose what pathway of sport they would like to follow, thus giving them a more personalised learning structure. Students can focus on a few sports or a large range of sports depending on their interests. In addition to the sports we study at KS3 we also include offsite facilities such as golf, gym and Rowley Park. The focus therefore is more healthy living / active life focus.
All students also have the opportunity to access numerous extra-curricular activities. Whether this is in Life Matters time (through the monthly House Games) or after school activities. These are all free of charge and accessible to everyone. Extra-curricular clubs and fixtures at KS3 and 4 are vital for the department and the students. For the department we can use these to assess students in these sports should they wish to follow GCSE PE at KS4. Without these competitions it is impossible to give an accurate assessment of the students and this hinders their final grade. For the students we feel it is so important to experience the sense of competition, develop and grow from this but also see other cultures. For example; the football, rugby, basketball, cricket, athletics, trampoline, badminton and handball teams are entered into not only local, but county, regional and national competitions. Of late we have travelled to Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Shropshire, Cheshire and Lancashire for fixtures. This is an excellent chance not only to see other cultures but also a brilliant way for the students to bond as a team and develop that sense of community and cohesion.
We also offer trips as part of our extra-curricular provision, in recent years we have been to various local and national sporting events. For example; the PE department run an annual trip to Twickenham to watch and England Rugby Union International. We have been fortunate to see England win each time and we consider ourselves to be a lucky charm. Another example is the regular trips to Audley Climbing Centre as part of our GCSE PE offering. Students have the chance to visit the centre for two days where they can learn the skills of the sport and also at the same time be assessed for GCSE purposes. Both of these trips are incredibly popular and so a significant proportion of our students attend these.
In Year 9 students complete one theory lesson of PE a week, this allows for students to decide on whether this is a viable option to follow in Year 10 but also to gain further knowledge on how to train and look after themselves outside of school. Students in Year 10 either follow Edexcel GCSE PE or a vocational qualification, should they choose to follow the subject and depending upon their practical and academic skill set, supporting both ends of the academic spectrum. At the same time there is still the opportunity to take part in core PE, which is an option-based programme, given students the chance to create their own bespoke PE experiences. There are many sports teams for our Gifted and Talented students to access and extend themselves in but also a number of recreational clubs purely based upon developing participation rates in exercise.
PE offers several options at sixth form, we have the A Level route which relies heavily on excellence in one sport and academic understanding in a variety of topics including biomechanics, anatomy and physiology, psychology, skill acquisition and contemporary issues.
The other route is to access our sports academies, these can be the Stafford Football Academy which involves regular training, fitness sessions and competitive league and cup matches all whilst studying a Level 3 BTEC in Sports Development. The other option is to join the Staffordshire Refereeing Academy, the first of its kind in the country. This is a brand-new course aiming to develop the football referees of the future.