Physical Education at the school encompasses a huge range of activities and opportunities allowing the pupils to participate, compete and learn some skills for life.
There is an ethos of sporting competition built upon the development of technique and team work. PE develops pupils’ competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of school.
A high-quality PE curriculum enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. Pupils develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own performance and that of others and find ways to improve. As a result they develop the confidence to take part in different physical activities and learn about the value of healthy, active lifestyles. Discovering what they like to do, what their aptitudes are at school, and how and where to get involved in physical activity helps them to make informed choices about lifelong physical activity.
PE helps pupils develop personally and socially. They work as individuals, in groups and in teams, developing concepts of fairness and of personal and social responsibility. They take on different roles and responsibilities, including leadership, coaching and officiating. Through the range of experiences that PE offers, they learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations.
Mr A Rice, Director of Sport
Mr A Mawson, Head of PE
Mr J M Curran, BEd, MEd Manchester University
Mr P Sunderland, BSc Durham University
Email PE Staff
Physical Education - 11+
Schemes of work by Year
First Year: gymnastics, rugby, swimming (stroke development and challenge awards), cricket/athletics, cross country, badminton/basketball
Second Year: gymnastics, swimming (stroke development, challenge awards and lifesaving skills), rugby, gym/fitness and captainball, indoor athletics, cross country, cricket.
Third Year: gymnastics, swimming (stroke development, challenge awards, lifesaving), rugby/cross country/rowing, basketball, gym/fitness, badminton, volleyball/badminton/tennis, cricket/athletics/rowing/fitness/orienteering, hockey
11+ Extra-curricular activities
Extra curricular activities are widespread, including the development of school teams in a whole variety of sports, including major sports such as rugby, cricket, athletics, swimming, cross country with minor sports like badminton, table tennis, basketball and rowing. Other clubs operate to offer opportunities for development in fitness, 5-a-side football, jujitsu, fencing, canoeing and climbing.
Why is football not taught in games?
Because we are a traditional rugby school and there are many opportunities in local league clubs to become involved in football.
Physical Education - 13+
Schemes of work by Year - Key Stage 4
Fourth Year: basketball, rugby/cross country/rowing, gym (fitness/hockey), swimming (strokes and standards), summer sport developement - volleyball/cricket, athletics/cricket/swimming/tennis/rowing/orienteering
Fifth Year: Fourth year option carried through - basketball/badminton/table tennis, gym - fitness/hockey, swimming, cross country
13+ Extra-curricular activities
Extra games options are offered including rowing, hockey and fitness. Again a whole range of school teams function at this level as well as opportunities in clubs to develop basketball, badminton, table tennis, sailing and climbing
Physical Education - Sixth Form
Sixth Form students take PE and several students have written about what is on offer in the Sixth Form sport section.
We offer an A-level in Physical Education.
2.1 AS Units
Unit G451: An introduction to Physical Education
Anatomy and Physiology (Section A)
- The skeletal and muscular systems
- Motion and movement
- The cardiovascular and respiratory systems in relation to the performance of physical activity
Acquiring Movement Skills (Section B)
- Classification of motor skills and abilities
- The development of motor skills
- Information processing
- Motor control of skills in physical activity
- Learning skills in physical activity
Socio-Cultural Studies relating to participation in physical activity (Section C)
- Physical activity
- Sport and culture
- Contemporary sporting issues
Unit G452: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education
- Evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance
2.2 A2 Units
Unit G453: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education
Section A: Socio-Cultural Options
Historical Studies (Option A1)
- Popular recreation in pre-industrial Britain
- Rational recreation in post-industrial Britain
- 19th-century public schools and their impact on the development of physical activities and young people
- The developmental stages of athleticism in 19th-century public schools
- Case Studies
- Drill, physical training and Physical Education in state schools
Comparative Studies (Option A2)
- The United Kingdom (UK)
- The United States of America (USA)
Section B: Scientific Options
Sports Psychology (Option B1)
- Individual aspects of performance
- Group dynamics of performance and audience effects
- Mental preparation for physical activity
Biomechanics (Option B2)
- Linear motion in physical activity
- Force physical activity
- Fluid mechanics physical activity
- Stability and angular motion physical activity
- A critical evaluation of performance in selected physical activities
Exercise and Sport Physiology (Option B3)
- Health components of physical fitness
- Application of the principles of training- Performance enhancement
- Evaluation, appreciation and the improvement of performance
Unit G454: The Improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education
Sixth Form FAQs
Is it hard?
Well, it’s not just about kicking a ball about! The work has a considerable theory base and if PE hasn’t been studied at GCSE, expect to be learning a whole new set of concepts.
Sixth Form Extra Curricular Activities
The Sixth form visit the University of Cumbria Fitness testing labs. The students take on the role of ‘presenting’ aspects of PE and work in groups on a variety of PE concepts. There are also several sports clubs on offer for Sixth Form students. See the Clubs and Societies page for more information.