The department has a strong team of 6 in the department with a good blend of youth and experience.
Mr. A. Unsworth – Head of Department
Mr A. Ryder – Teacher of Physical Education and Assistant Head Teacher
Mr J. Maw – Teacher of Physical Education and Assistant Head Teacher
Miss B. Millman – Teacher of Physical Education
Mr. P. Connelly – Teacher of Physical Education and Head of Year
Mrs. R. Banks – Teacher of Physical Education and NOCN
The Physical Education Department has a ‘Sport for All and Education for All’ philosophy, it is essential to strive for excellence. We ensure that as a PE department we promote a healthy active lifestyle and sporting opportunities for all, in curriculum and extra-curricular activities.
The PE department aim to provide a program of study that provides a positive learning experience for all students to achieve their full potential. Our aims are:
To deliver a broad, balanced and inclusive curriculum that is enjoyable, safe and challenging.
To develop students’ physical and social skills, and personal confidence.
To develop positive attitudes in students demonstrating and understanding moral values; respect for others and sporting etiquette.
To offer a variety of extra-curricular activities for students to develop their talents and interests
To develop student’s knowledge of GCSE theory content.
Learning and Teaching
Physical Education helps pupils develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. The pupils take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, the pupils learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.
There are many opportunities in PE with a broad and balanced curriculum which is carefully mapped so the correct facilities are used at appropriate times within the year to ensure teaching and learning takes place and participation levels are high.
At Key Stage 3 – pupils in Year 7 have 4 x 60-minute lessons a week and in Year 8 & 9 they have 3 60-minute lessons over a two-week period.
At Key Stage 4 – all pupils continue to study PE and have 1x 60-minute lesson per week.
The department is well resourced for the PE curriculum and has the following facilities:
Multi-Games Use Area
Sports Field (2 rugby and 1 football pitch)
GCSE PE theory room kitted out with 22 computers
Hard Courts (2 hard court areas 4 basketball and netball courts)
(June 2022 - due to the start of the new build some facilities may not be available to use)
The Physical Education department offers a range of enrichment opportunities for all students:
There are a variety of extra-curricular clubs and sports teams open to all pupils in the school and many teams participate in matches against other schools. Teams are entered for local, regional, and national competitions/ tournaments in Rugby League/Union, Football, Netball, Cross Country, and Athletics.
The PE department also hosts an annual Inter-Form sports competitions, Sports Day and opportunities for enrichment trips.
The Cambridge national Sport Studies and AQA GCSE pupils have the opportunity to participate in outdoor adventurous activities such as
climbing, kayaking and mountain biking
GCSE PE – AQA
Course Outline and Structure
You will be assessed at the end of Year 11 and there are two 1 hour 15-minute exams and these will test all the theory elements of the course. Each exam is worth 30% of your final grade (60% total). The other 40% is an assessment of your practical ability across three different sporting activities and your coursework which analyses sporting performance.
Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport (30%)
Applied anatomy and physiology / Movement analysis / Physical training
Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport (30%)
Sports psychology / Socio-cultural influences / Health, fitness and well-being
Practical performance in three different physical activities (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity)
Athletics, Boxing, Badminton, Canoeing/Kayaking, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Golf, Gymnastics (artistic), Equestrian, Rowing, Rock climbing, Sculling, Skiing/Snowboarding, Squash, Swimming, Table tennis, Tennis, Trampolining
Association football, Badminton, Basketball, Cricket, Dance, Gaelic football, Handball, Hockey, Hurling, Lacrosse, Netball, Rowing, Rugby League/Union, Squash, Table tennis, Tennis, Volleyball
Coursework – Analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.
Cambridge National – Sports Studies
The Cambridge National in Sports Studies course has a different structure to GCSE PE and is ideally suited to those pupils who have an interest in sports coaching, contemporary issues sport development. This is another popular choice for pupils in Key Stage Four as it is assessed through external examination and coursework. The course is vocational and is an excellent foundation for pupils wishing to study post 16 vocational qualifications such as BTEC Level 3 in Sports Coaching and Sports Development. The vocational elements within the course are explored through
each learning brief give real life scenarios on which to pupils can base their work.