All Key Stage 3 classes are predominately taught single sex. Students receive two hours of curriculum time each week. Our students follow a rich curriculum that develops their social, mental and physical well being. Our programme of study develops students physical fitness as well as enhancing skills and attributes so that they can cope with the demands of the sports we teach. We seek to provide opportunities for success and enjoyment in our teaching at all levels. The Key Concepts of Competence, Performance, Creatitvity and Healthy lifestyle are at the forefront of our delivery.
All students identify their strengths and weaknesses by completing and recording fitness tests throughout the Key Stage. Their results are recorded by them which enables students to reflect on their own progress. Our fitness testing allows students an opportunity to evaluate their own performance and appreciate their physical abilities, how they compare to other students and how they can improve their physical condition.
Key Stage 4
Students follow programmes of study that mirror and extend Key Stage 3 provision. In other words, they are able to extend their skills in sports that they have experienced in Key Stage 3 and follow a number of sports that are new to them. Examples of new sports include: Squash, Yoga, Junior Sports Leaders Award, Netball Leaders Award, Cycling, Trampolining and Bowls.
Edexcel BTEC First Sport
Students follow units that are vocational, in other words, that are related to the world of work. In particular, the students complete assignments that are related to practical sporting situations, especially coaching and improving performance. The course is flexible and personalised to the needs of the student. Assessment is student specific and should be choosen by the student from a range that includes methods such as: powerpoint, class talk, interview, written report, video, audio tape, test and quizzes. Units cover topics such as: Fitness Testing and Training, Nutrition in Sport, Practical Sport, Outdoor Sport, Body in Sport, Injury in Sport, Planning and Leading Sport and Planning and Running Sports Events. Students are guided to cover as many units as possible in as much detail as possible. It is expected that students may gain different grades and qualifications. This depends on the level that they pass each assignment – Pass, Merit or Distinction and on the number of credits passed. Therefore, students may pass the Certificate, Extended Certificate or Diploma. These awards have different GCSE equivalents. Due to the practical nature of the course and the strong science components involved it must be stressed that this course is not an easy option but an involved and interesting extension of work done in Key Stage 3. Without some practical skills and good organisation (ie. kit) it would be difficult for students to gain high grades in this course.
Edexcel GCSE Physical Education
This course is the equivalent of one GCSE and is studied over Years 10 and 11. It combines a strong practical element with a terminal exam at the end of Year 11. The course has changed to include the option of developing skills in officiating and coaching in a chosen sport as well as giving credit for practical performance. A practical moderation and final performance is conducted in April / May of Year 11. Students must follow a Personal Excercise Programme (PEP) in the Autumn term of Year 11, which is designed by each student. They must also fulfill an Analysis of Performance component which is completed in Year 11. Due to the practical nature of the course and the strong science components involved it must be stressed that this course is not an easy option but an involved and interesting extension of work done in Key Stage 3. Without some practical skills and good organisation (ie. kit) it would be difficult for students to gain high grades in this course.