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Physical Education

Physical Education

Physical Education, Sport, Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing are at the heart of our practice and the journey our young people experience at the school.

Education is a lifelong experience and we ensure that all of our students, staff and wider community increasingly recognise the need to develop and improve; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually throughout their lives.

We know that accolades and titles don’t begin to paint a full picture but we are very proud to confirm:

  • We are the first mainstream school in Merseyside to achieve the Association for Physical Education (AFPE) Quality Mark with Distinction.
  • We are a Youth Sport Trust Gold Partner; recognising excellent practice.
  • Twice named Merseyside School of the Year for our commitment to PE and sport.
  • Awarded ‘Outstanding School; Health and Wellbeing’ at the National Youth Sport Trust Awards.
  • We are the lead school for Health and Wellbeing for Merseyside.
  • We are the lead school for Leadership, Coaching and Volunteering for Merseyside.
  • We are the founder school and hub of the ‘Healthy Futures’ network; a collaborative project that brings schools together across the north west of England in partnership with the NHS and the University of Chester.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students take 2 hours per week of curricular PE. They participate in a broad and balanced curriculum, with 28 different sports being taught last year. Different sets and year groups follow bespoke curriculum pathways that suit their needs. Excellent facilities allow us to offer Orienteering, Trampolining, Parkour, Table Tennis, Dance, Boxercise, Body Pump, Cycling, Handball, and Health Related Fitness as well as the more traditional sports. Dodgeball, Parkour, Inclusion in Sport, Handball, Hockey, Cycling, Volleyball, Boxercise and Yoga have been added to the Curriculum as a result of student voice. A Sports Leadership Programme has been embedded with students following Young Leaders in Year 8 and Your Leaders in Year 9, as well as the Youth Sport Award Bronze and Silver.

Students are assessed at the end of each half term in the sports they have participated in. They log their grade and what they need to do to improve in future in their PE Assessment Passport.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Most Key Stage 4 students participate in 2 hours a week PE, still following bespoke curriculum pathways. They are assessed as they were in Key Stage 3. Leadership is continued with students completing the Sports Leaders UK Level 1 Award. Some also opt into the Level 1 Award in Fitness And Physical Activity.

Additionally in Key Stage 4 we offer GCSE PE and BTEC Sport Level 2 as Option choices. In GCSE PE students undertake a wide range of sports and do activities off site such as Personal Survival, Rock Climbing and Canoeing in order to gain practical scores (60% of final grade). They sit an exam at the end of the course (40% of final grade). Last year we achieved a 74% pass rate which is significantly higher than the national average, with 40% of students gaining A and B grades. In BTEC Sport Level 2 students complete 4 Units; Fitness For Sport And Exercise, Practical Sports Performance, Training For Personal Fitness And Leading Sports Activities. Pleasingly, 66% of students gained either a Distinction or Merit grade.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

In Key Stage 5 all students participate in 1 hour a week recreational sport and physical activity. They can also opt into the Duke of Edinburgh Silver Award. Sports Leadership continues with the option of doing a Community Sports Leaders Award, a Higher Sports Leaders Award or the Youth Sport Gold Award. We also offer other courses such as NGB Level 1 Awards and Refereeing Qualifications.

We also offer BTEC Sport Level 3 Diploma as an Option choice. We select Units that best suits our students’ needs. They particularly enjoy the 4 day Outdoor and Adventurous Expedition, Sports Leadership, Work Experience and Practical Sport. 90% of students achieved Distinction** or Distinction* grades last year. Another option choice is Level 2 and Level 3 Coaching Awards and NVQs, delivered by Little League Soccer.

Sport For All

We provide opportunities to learn, achieve and excel for all of our students. We work very closely with Clare Mount Sports College, the Lead School for Inclusion in Merseyside to develop a PE, sport and physical activity offer that is fully inclusive. We believe that standing still means going backwards so in September 2016 Mr. Smith took on responsibility for developing all aspects of inclusive sport for the school and with our team of specialist and non-specialist staff supporting we are ensuring that 2016-2017 will be our best year yet in terms of:

  • Competitive Sport
  • Extra-curricular sport and activity
  • Enrichment Events
  • Inclusive Leadership

We have introduced an inclusive sports club as part of our extra-curricular provision designed to provide further opportunities for our students to access, participate in and represent the school in a number of alternative sports and activities. We aim to engage students at every level both in and outside of the school environment; maximising opportunities and fostering sporting pathways within the local community and surrounding areas in support with our partnership schools.

Leadership, Coaching & Volunteering

Sports Leadership Pathway

We are committed to using Sports Leadership as a vehicle for personal improvement and developing life and employability skills. The ability to communicate well, plan, evaluate, respond to change, strong inter-personal skills and reliability can be taken directly from Sports Leadership to any manner of different job opportunities.

Our leaders practice, deliver and refine their skills in a wide array of settings. It may start within a task in a lesson and move on to become working with younger pupils in our school or partner primaries, supporting inter/ intra school competition, local, regional and even national events and competitions.

We are currently working with the NHS on a programme to develop young people who would consider working in the health sector as a viable career path. The piece is around changing perceptions of young people and exposing them to the benefits of working in the system. The NHS is heavily reliant on an imported workforce and we believe we can help reduce this pressure by developing competent, confident young people who would gain real job and career opportunities.

The Leadership Pathway

Our leadership pathway is designed to help students LEARN through a structured curriculum delivered to all students during their time here, ACHIEVE through opportunities to gain qualifications and complete bespoke courses and VOLUNTEER in the many activities the school leads and participates in within and beyond our own school community. Our sports leaders are singled out every year by the Wirral and merseyside School Games Organiser team as the very best young men and women and superb role models for younger sports participants.

If you want to know a bit more about any of the elements of our leadership pathway please contact the school on 0151 645 4154