Physical Education

Our P.E. Staff

  • 4 full-time. – 2 male and 2 female.
  • 1 member of the department has 1 day per week developing our primary school links.

All members of the P.E. Department teach across Key Stage 3, 4 and 5.

The Examination Courses

Key Stage 4:
We offer OCR Cambridge National Level 1/2 Certificate in Sport Science which covers a range of Sport related topics for example, reducing the risk of sports injuries, applying the principles of training and sports psychology. Results in this course are consistently in line with, or higher than, national expectations. The course consists of:

  • An examined unit on the topic of ‘Reducing the risk of sports injuries’ – 25%
  • 3 portfolio based units which are externally moderated – Principles of training, sports psychology and sports nutrition are the 3 units currently offered – 75%

All pupils are given the chance to study for a Leadership qualification either ‘Level 1 Award in Sports Leadership’ or ‘Level 1 Award in Dance Leadership’. Recently we have been awarded the Sports Leaders ‘Excellence in Leadership’ status reflecting the outstanding development of our young leaders.

Key Stage 5:
OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technicals Certificate in Sport is a natural progression to the course offered at KS4. The course carries UCAS points so progression to higher education is a possibility. Students study modules in:

  • Anatomy physiology
  • Sports injuries
  • Sports leadership
  • Coaching
  • Social issues in sport

This combination of topics gives the students a broad knowledge set on which to base any future plans. Success rates are high in this course and we currently boast a 100% pass, with the 2015 cohort achieving 100% Distinction or Distinction* (equivalent A or A* at ‘A’ Level).

Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership, as part of this course, continues the development of Leadership started at KS4.

Core Physical Education

Key Stage 3:
Some Year 7 PE – swimming, gymnastics and dance – is taught in tutor groups with all other activities being taught in single sex mixed ability groups.

Years 8 & 9 are taught in single sex mixed ability groups.

All KS 3 students receive 2 hours of PE per week. In year 7 this is 2 single hour lessons. In years 8 and 9 PE is taught in a 2 hour double session.

We cover the following activities; netball (girls), rugby (boys and girls), football, gymnastics, badminton, dance, problem solving, athletics, rounders, cricket, trampolining, HRF (including use of the Academy gym) and swimming.

Key concepts in PE: competence, performance, creativity, healthy and active lifestyles.

Key processes in PE: developing skills, making decisions, developing mental and physical capacity, evaluating and improving, making informed decisions.

Students learn how to: outwit opponents, replicate actions, communicate ideas, perform at maximum levels, solve problems and exercise safely and effectively.

Key Stage 4:
Taught in single sex mixed ability groups. All pupils in year 10 receive 2 hours PE per week, except for Year 11 when 1 hour per week is provided. Pupils follow a broad range of sporting activities:

  • Trampolining
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Striking and Fielding games
  • Badminton
  • HRF / Aerobics / Fitness suite

Although the activities offered reflect the activities taught in KS 3 there is a greater emphasis placed on tactical development and independently improving skills. Students increasingly take ownership of the lessons.

Teaching and Learning

Physical Education is an active subject. A broad and balanced curriculum allows pupils to develop motor skills, teamwork, tactical appreciation and knowledge whilst gaining an understanding of healthy lifestyles and the benefits of activity. Opportunities for independent learning and leadership are a central part of the ethos within PE. An emphasis is placed on lifelong participation with new activities and links to local clubs and facilities well established. Teaching is regularly judged as outstanding within the PE department and examination results at KS4 and KS5 reflect this judgement.

Extra Curricular

We offer a wide and extensive range of extra–curricular activities throughout the year. We regularly compete in fixtures and tournaments within the Ashfield and Mansfield area in sports such as football, rugby, netball, badminton, athletics, basketball, rounders and softball.

There is an inter-tutor competition calendar which runs 3 times a year where tutor groups compete against each other in a variety of sports with the ultimate aim of becoming champion tutor for the year. This competition culminates in the whole Academy sports day held at a local athletics track.

Every 2 years the department plans and delivers a ‘Race for Life’ event for Cancer Research UK. All stakeholders within the Academy are involved and to date over £7,500 has been donated to Cancer Research UK.

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