The Physical Education and Sports Science Department believe that it is our responsibility to prepare our students for their next step in life, and this should include giving them opportunities to make informed choices and to broaden their horizons. Ultimately, we should encourage lifelong physical activity, listen to their ideas, offer them new sporting experiences and give them clear and informed guidance.
In Lower School, we offer a wide range of Physical Education and extra-curricular experiences and opportunities for all students. We offer schemes of work that are taught by high-quality practitioners within the framework of the National Curriculum. As such, we ensure our students develop their ability to perform skills and techniques, evaluate to improve, understand tactics and strategy, and make informed healthy lifestyle choices. We do this through teaching a variety of activities in the following disciplines: games (team and individual), gymnastics, dance, athletics, outdoor and adventurous activities, and health and fitness activities.
Within ‘core’ Physical Education in Upper School, we offer a similar range of Physical Education and extra-curricular experiences and opportunities to those in Lower School (see above). We do, however, ensure that more time is spent on each activity and that students can make decisions about their own physical activity. Again, we offer schemes of work that are taught by high-quality practitioners within the framework of the National Curriculum and we ensure our students develop their ability to perform skills and techniques, evaluate to improve, understand tactics and strategy, and make informed healthy lifestyle choices.
In Sports Science in Upper School and the 6th Form, we offer BTEC courses at Level 2 and Level 3. These practical based courses are designed for students who are able to demonstrate a high level of knowledge and understanding in different areas of sports science. This includes content on physiology, anatomy, training, nutrition, sociology, psychology, leadership etc. Students have the opportunity to develop a range of sporting, academic and personal skills that are essential for future success. The BTEC Sport course provide students with nationally recognised qualifications that enable them to enter employment in the sports sector or to progress into further or higher education.
Students are assessed through a combination of portfolio work and examinations, as well as observations of their practical ability. Homework and coursework is set on a weekly basis and marked accordingly. Students are always encouraged to undertake additional independent work at home or during private study periods.