Physical Education Department
Our Physical Education Curriculum is designed to encourage key life skills transferable to other subjects and later, in a career setting, whilst providing equal opportunity to participate in a diverse range of sports. We focus on two life skills per term, covering skills such as Evaluation, Integrity, Communication, Responsibility, Empathy and Collaboration. These skills are then imbedded into an expansive and broad range of sports, creating invaluable links between sports, subjects and personal development. This not only prepares students for a life after education, but also fosters key attributes to make them into aspirational, confident and competent individuals. We believe unequivocally that every student has the capacity to succeed in PE, using our Head, Heart Hands approach to assessment. Our Head Heart Hands methodology encompasses not only the physical skill aspect of a sport, but also the ability to articulate knowledge, rules and execute decision-making. In addition to being able to demonstrate the key life skill focuses of the term. This is then showcased in friendly intra school competitions and inter school fixtures, where students can demonstrate their, knowledge, character and skill.
We offer an extensive range of extracurricular clubs to encourage life-long participation and love of sport and exercise. These additional opportunities to participate in sport link directly to our school values to persevere when we find something challenging, to unite with others that share a common and to use innovation to find creative solutions to problems and overcome obstacles. It is also here that we can further nurture and develop students’ confidence and self-belief which will carry them forward through school life.
At KS4, students study OCR (J812) Cambridge National in Sport Science.
At KS5, students study OCR (S827) Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity.
We currently have a four court sports hall that is equipped with the facility to be used as a full size basketball court, volleyball court, netball court or futsal court. We can also use this facility for our 6 table -tennis tables, 2 trampolines or as a fitness area.
Our outside facilities consist of a full size grass football pitch. In addition, we have an outdoor Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) with an advanced surface that is marked for a number of different sports. These areas are where students are taught a wide variety of sports and activities such as football, rugby, handball, athletics, rounder, cricket and softball.
The school has built a very good relationship with the PE and Sports Science department at the University of Bedfordshire. We have an annual trip for students in Year 8 who have an interest in careers and pathways in sport to visit the Sports Science labs and attend teaching sessions on a wide range of activities by University of Bedfordshire students and lecturers.
We have as a department ran trips to Old Trafford to watch Manchester United in the Europa League, to Franklin Gardens to watch Northampton Saints in the Heinenken Cup and a ski trip to Aosta Valley. We intend to continue to run similar trips to these in the future.
All students in the school will sit the NCFE qualification in Health and Fitness. The current Year 11 students are sitting the Level 2 Specification. Year 10 onwards will sit the new Level1/2 specification. The intention of the course is to provide students with an understanding of how their body works, the impact exercise and nutrition has on the body and ways in which to improve their health and fitness.
Careers in PE:
There a large variation of vocations that sport can lead to. Some examples of vocations are as follows:
- Sports journalism
- Personal Trainer
- PE Teacher
- Performance analyst