Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
Physical Education, and its exploration of sport, has the potential to be a transcending force, with active participation aiding in overcoming barriers that exist within society, ultimately uniting us through competition. Physical education provides the platform to better our ability to work within a team, sharing a common goal that’s achievable through resilience, determination and co-operation. It instils within us a sense of pride and respect, and can help forge identities by providing a space where people feel they belong. Physical Education and sport can offer insights into societal issues, and can enhance the feeling of community within the 21st century. It encourages a deeper understanding of cultural differences, and celebrates the rich heritage that has existed within sport throughout time. It impacts the way that we think and address situations, and encourages strategic thinking through a critical eye. Physical Education celebrates the skill set of the individual and collective, challenges what is thought possible, and provides a stage for all of human emotion to be played out.
Through consistent contributions and a relentless pursuit to reach an individual’s potential, Physical Education promotes an enjoyment of being active for all. It helps to develop self-esteem and self-confidence, encouraging a healthy and active lifestyle, and is crucial to the long-term physical and mental health of those involved. Physical Education has the potential to break gender stereotypes, and aids in the development of motor skills that can be transferred throughout our lives.
The PE Medium Term Plans for KS3 are available by clicking below:
Mr B. Lawrence - Leader of PE
Miss M. Kennell - Teacher of PE
Miss A. Parker - Teacher of PE
Mr N. Weedon - Teacher of PE and Leader of PSHE & CIAG
Mr S. Worne - Teacher of PE
Further Information on Key Stage Four:
Students have the option to take GCSE PE as well as follow a core PE pathway. The GCSE PE students who opt to follow the Pearson Edexcel course have 5 hours a week split between theory and practical lessons. Core PE is taught through “Key Concepts”. These are concepts that are sports specific, rather than focusing on one particular sport. Students will spend time learning how to “outwit opponents”, rather than just focusing on football. This therefore allows for much greater flexibility within the curriculum giving students a broader experience of sport and also ensuring activities such as: Flag American Football, Ultimate Frisbee, Softball and Golf are seen regularly in Key Stage 4 lessons.
We also study BTEC Sport KS4. BTEC First Award in Sport is a Level 2 qualification with exactly the same accreditation as the GCSE PE qualification with the same clear progression routes through to college Level 3 qualifications (BTEC Level 3 and A Level PE). As a vocational course it also has excellent work-related learning opportunities. It only has one external examined unit (exam) and three internally examined units (teacher assessment), one of which is practical performance. This will help learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning or to related academic qualifications, by providing independent assessment evidence of learning alongside the portfolio-based assessment. This approach will also assist learners in developing a range of transferable skills, and in applying their knowledge in unfamiliar contexts. Internal assessment enables learners to develop a wider range of skills and provide evidence towards meeting the unit assessment criteria. Evidence for assessment can be generated through a range of activities, including written work, practical performance and verbal presentations.
The four units that we cover are:
Unit 1 Fitness for Sport and Exercise - Exam - Theory taught through a range of practical and classroom based tasks. The online exam is sat in June of Year 10.
Practical - 2 sports - Taught practically with assignments on rules & regulations, roles & responsibilities, practical skills and evaluation of strengths and weaknesses.
Unit 3 Applying the principles of personal training - Plan, complete and evaluate a 6 week training programme of the students choice.
Unit 6 Leading Sports Activities - Learn the attributes that make good sports leaders. Plan, lead and review a sports session.
Homework in PE:
PE homework is set for GCSE PE and BTEC Sport. We also use the Everlearner online website for consolidating learning and revision.
Further Information on PE:
There is a high emphasis placed on extra-curricular activity in the PE Faculty and we offer an extensive range of opportunities for students of all levels and interests. There are many traditional team games involved in competitive leagues and cup competitions as well as other activities such as: Trampolining, Handball, Fitness, Cross Country, Badminton, Dance/Aerobics, American Football, Tennis, and Golf. We are a successful School in most sports with many students going on to represent academy, county, regional and national levels.
The Faculty benefits from teaching in superb facilities which include a brand new 3G floodlit football pitch, excellent playing fields (2 football pitches, 3 rugby pitches, 2 grided areas, an all-weather cricket wicket and a 400m athletics track. The four court Sports Hall has a viewing gallery, and adjacent is a Gymnasium with an excellent, recently upgraded, fitness suite completing the facilities.
In the summer of 2011 the Department had an Ofsted subject specific inspection and received the grade of “Outstanding”. The school has also been awarded Gold School Games Mark for the past 2 academic years.
In 2015 we were privileged to be runners up at the Suffolk Sport Awards as: “The School of Sporting Excellence & Participation of the Year Award” for which we were the only high school shortlisted in the county.