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 S Clarke, Director of Sport
Mr I Ledward, Master in Charge of Cricket
Mr G Mason, Teacher of PE and Head of Cricket
Mr D Hall, Sports Graduate Assistant
Mr B Swarbrick, Mr M Humpage and Mr C Kyle, Sports Graduate Assistants
Mr B Ashton, Coach
Physical Education - 11+
Schemes of work by Year
Year 7: gymnastics, rugby, swimming (stroke development and challenge awards), cricket/athletics, cross country, badminton/basketball
Year 8: gymnastics, swimming (stroke development, challenge awards and lifesaving skills), rugby, gym/fitness and captainball, indoor athletics, cross country, cricket.
Year 9: 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.
Physical Education - 13+
Schemes of work by Year - Key Stage 4 (AQA syllabus)
Year 10: basketball, rugby/cross country/rowing, gym (fitness/hockey), swimming (strokes and standards), summer sport developement - volleyball/cricket, athletics/cricket/swimming/tennis/rowing/orienteering
Year 11: 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 (OCR syllabus).
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.