The PE team comprises:
Mrs Lisa Malton (Assistant Vice Principal & Head of Department)
Mr Jim Ingham-Hill (Principal)
Mrs Cassie Beer (Assistant Vice Principal & SEND Co-ordinator)
Miss Sammy Omand
Mr Ben Williams
Mr Martyn Dudley
Mrs Olga Cornish
What do students study?
Core Physical Education
In Key Stage 4 it is compulsory for all students to participate in two hours of Core Physical Education a week.
The aim is to allow students to follow a programme, whilst keeping within National Curriculum parameters, which prepares students to have the confidence, skills and knowledge to pursue a lifelong healthy active lifestyle.
Students develop performance in a number of competitive and non-competitive activities such as; football, rugby, hockey, basketball, street surfing, fitness such as circuit training or fitness suite, spinning and boxercise.
In addition some students are given an option to complete a Sports Leadership programme.
Students will cover a range of interesting theory topics throughout the course. It is up to each class teacher when and how they are taught. This depends on class response, ability and preference. Topics include:
- The participant as an individual
- Physical and mental demands of performance
- Leisure and recreation
- Diet and nutrition
- Health, fitness and a healthy lifestyle
- School and physical education
- Cultural and social factors
- Opportunities for further involvement
- International factors
- Social factors, media, sponsorship and technology
Core Physical Education
Students studying the Core Physical Education programme are assessed through National curriculum levels. This provides continuity from KS3 and allows students, parents and teachers to track progress.
In the practical assessments students are assessed using AQA criteria, based on a mark out of 10. Key Process A focuses on “Developing skills in physical activity”; whilst Key Process B focuses on “Being creative and making decisions”.
Students complete end of unit class tests in theory lessons which are marked and graded using the most up-to-date exam boundaries. The department has an excellent tracking system which uses the practical and theoretical marks to monitor the progress made by each student.
GCSE Physical Education
In addition to the Core provision, students may choose to study GCSE Physical Education as one of their options.
For those studying GCSE, we use the AQA exam board.
Students are required to complete four practical controlled assessments which account for 60% of their final grade. Within lessons, students are taken through a variety of practical activities, such as rounders, personal survival and circuit training. Opportunities exist for students to complete controlled assessments during their Core PE lessons and to submit DVD evidence of any alternative activities they participate in outside of school. For example horse riding, sailing and skiing.
The department also runs an optional biannual outdoor residential trip to Bude where students complete controlled assessments in archery, climbing, canoeing and surfing whilst also bonding as a group and having the invaluable experience an outdoor pursuits weekend offers.
The remaining 40% of the final grade is based on a 1½ hour terminal exam, which is sat at the end of Year 11.
Contact Mrs Lisa Malton, Head of Department for further information:
KS3 Curriculum Maps