Key Stage 3

All Key Stage 3 (KS3) 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, Creativity and Healthy lifestyle are at the forefront of our delivery.

The sports delivered at Key Stage 3 are:

Games

Football, Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Orienteering, Cross Country, Cricket, Tennis, Rounders, Softball, Athletics, Ultimate Frisbee, Handball.

PE

Basketball, Volleyball, Badminton, Gymnastics, Dance, Multiskills, Tchoukball, Short Tennis, Fitness.

Fitness Testing and Training

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 (KS4)

Core PE

Students typically follow programmes of study that mirror and extend KS3 provision. Students receive 1.5 hours of curriculum time each week. They are able to extend their skills in sports that they have experienced in KS3 and follow a number of sports that are new to them. Examples of new sports typically include: Squash, Yoga, Cycling, Trampolining, Tchoukball, Zumba, Exercise to Music and Bowls.

Edexcel GCSE Physical Education (PE)

This course is the equivalent of one GCSE and is studied over Years 10 and 11. It combines a practical element with two terminal exams at the end of Year 11. A practical moderation and final performance is conducted in April / May of Year 11. Students follow a Personal Exercise Programme (PEP) in the Autumn term of Year 11, which is designed by each student. Due to the practical nature of the course and the strong science components involved it must be stressed that this course is a step up in content and challenge from KS3 core PE. It is nonetheless an involved and interesting extension of work done in KS3. Success in GCSE PE relies upon; a keen interest in sport, a strong desire to ‘be the best you can be’, good practical performance skills and a good record of kit/organisation.