Through our curriculum, we aim to provide our students with the confidence and physical literacy, alongside the knowledge and personal qualities, they need to maintain a healthy, active and balanced lifestyle during their school career and into their adult life.
Whist in our care, students develop a lifelong love of, and passion for, physical activity and sport. Over the course of our curriculum, we raise students' aspirations and equip them with the knowledge and skills to flourish as individuals in whatever walk of life they choose. We foster the development of students' character, preparing them to make valuable contributions to the future of physical activity within society. Students leave the school with an armoury of personal development skills and are able to contribute to society and interest with others in a range of settings. These skills include, but are not limited to, being able to work in a team, demonstrating effective communication, being able to employ cooperative learning strategies and being confident to move their body.
Our curriculum is an inclusive one and designed to ensure all students, regardless of their personal circumstances achieve their potential. There will always be opportunities to excel, and students will leave the school with personal physical literacy and be ready to enjoy a lifelong love of physical activity.
All our opportunities for student participation are designed to encourage a love for PE and Sport. Through sport, we see students becoming more confident, understanding the importance of respect, commitment and team work as well as benefiting from the time spent with friends. We hope that through the many opportunities for participation, physical activity becomes a natural and enjoyable part of our students' lifestyle now and in the future.
Key Stage 3
Our KS3 curriculum is sequential in nature and designed to build the fundamental skills that underpin performance and success in physical activity and sport. Students are taught a range of concepts that progress in difficult as they move through the key stage.
The students start by gaining an understanding of some of the core components of fitness and the importance of controlling their bodies whilst being adaptable to various situations within performance.
In Years 8 and 9, the students are then able to apply these fundamental skills to more varied and challenging situations, both in skill isolation as well as competitive environments. The importance of physical health and well-being is a focus of our curriculum, which is designed to inspire the students to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle through KS4 and KS and beyond.
Key Stage 4
Pupils are expected to tackle more complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develop personal fitness and promote an active, healthy lifestyle.
Pupils should be taught to:
- Use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games (for example - badminton, basketball, cricket, football, softball and tennis).
- Develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports (for example - athletics and gymnastics), or other physical activities (for example - fitness).
- Take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges, which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group.
- Evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best.
- Continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities both inside and outside school through community links or sports clubs.
Students are given the chance to study academic qualifications in Sport through the BTEC Tech Award. This covers three units aimed at further developing the students' understanding through the following content:
- Investigating provisions for sport, including equipment and facilities to enhance sport.
- Planning and delivery of sport drills and sessions.
- Fitness for sport including fitness testing and methodology.
Key Stage 5
In KS5, we offer students the opportunity to use our extensive facilities, including our brand-new fitness suite. This is done outside of curriculum time.
Academically, we offer the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport, which is equivalent to three A-Levels. The course offers a wide range of units all prepared to engage students in learning about the body, coaching and preparing the students for post-18 activities, such as work or further study at university.
Exams & Assessment
We deliver outstanding results for students in KS4 and KS5. Our results are above the National average, with the majority of students considerably outperforming their predicted grades.
We offer the BTEC Tech Award in Sport in KS4 and the BTEC National Extended Diploma in Sport in KS5.
Enrichment & Extracurricular
Beyond the curriculum detailed in the sections above, students are provided with numerous opportunities to take part in a wide range of recreational and competitive activities, all designed to foster a great love for Sport and PE.
We hold after school activities every day to allow as many students as possible to get involved and enjoy being active.
For those students who want to play competitive sport, attendance at weekly training develops a strong ethic of commitment, effort and punctuality. We encourage students to develop a mentality of wanting to improve and develop themselves as players; team places are limited but students who demonstrate commitment and skill will get the opportunity to play in teams.
We offer the Duke of Edinburgh Award to students in KS4 and KS5. This is an opportunity for students to complete a nationally recognised qualification and gain skills which will help them in future studies and life.