The Department of Physical Education aims to develop student competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become an essential part of their lives, both in and out of school. Our high quality Physical Education curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. There is a well established system of regular assessments and all students are set regular targets in order to achieve their full potential.
Qualifications are offered up to GCSE Level in Physical Education and Dance. All students participate in compulsory Physical Education, which does not give a GCSE but supports our ethos that every member of our community has access to facilities and teaching to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
We have a Curriculum Area Leader for Physical Education who is supported by a team of 7 Teaching Staff. We also have a Co-ordinator of Dance and a Co-ordinator of Redesignation. The faculty is based in the Sports Building.
The aim of being a Sports College is to have an impact on students’ lives in terms of their personal development, well-being and achievement both academically and in other non-academic areas. By increasing opportunities for physical activity and educating about healthier lifestyles, our aims for our students is to improve their overall health; introduce opportunities for social interaction; give opportunities for improved social and moral developments; reduce the risk of developing adult diseases; achieving a sense of well being and self-esteem; reducing the likelihood of anxiety and stress; maintenance of energy balance and an improved cognitive function for academic achievement in school.
Research has shown that if students lead healthier lifestyles, including physical activity, then they are more likely to achieve their full academic potential.
Shepherd (1997) found that academic performance was maintained or even enhanced by an increase in Physical Activity. When curricular time was allocated to physical activity, learning proceeded more rapidly per unit of classroom time. Academic development was not compromised by an increase in time spent on Physical Education. Improved numeracy and literacy skills have been reported in the latest independent review of the Government initiative ‘Playing for Success’. Successful Physical Education and school sports contribute to higher levels of participation and achievement, higher levels of attainment and relaxed and focused children and young people.
From this page of our website, you will be able to keep up to date with recent sporting activities that have taken place within our Faculty of Physical Education as well achievements of our talented students outside of the school’s sporting enrichment.