Physical Education and Games Department
The School has enviable standards across competitive sports to place it among the best schools in the country. Our aims are to offer all boys the opportunity to discover their sporting talent, to enjoy it no matter what their ability, to appreciate the importance of fitness and to find something which gives them a real sense of achievement.
The Physical Education Department currently comprises of five full time members of staff including Subject Leader and Director of Sport, one part time member of staff, a GTP and a PE technician. The department is responsible for the delivery of compulsory PE within the curriculum at Key Stages 3&4 and the delivery of examination courses at GCSE and at Advanced level. Results in examination classes are good with over 90% A*-C at GCSE and Advanced level.
Classes at Key Stage 3 are taught in tutor groups, and are set at Key stage 4. Students participate in a wide range of activities within the PE curriculum including athletics, badminton, basketball, cricket, fitness, gymnastics, handball, hockey, lacrosse, orienteering, softball, tennis and table tennis amongst others.
The School has Games afternoons for each school year and the department is responsible for the delivery of extensive Games activities, whilst liaising with other members of staff from outside the department. Our major sports of Rugby Union, Hockey and Cricket are taught in games afternoons, as well as basketball, badminton, fitness, football, sailing, softball and tennis.
We have first class facilities comprising of a sports hall, state of the art fitness suite, sports studio, specialist teaching rooms, two floodlit Astro-turf pitches, four tennis courts, three top quality cricket squares and numerous rugby pitches. The school is looking to develop further facilities in the future.
The school has an extensive list of extra curricular sporting fixtures. We work upon a three term sporting rotation, with our three major sports of Rugby Union, Hockey and Cricket being our main focus. We have had national success in recent times in Hockey, with teams reaching National Finals at both indoor and outdoor disciplines. Other extra curricular commitments include basketball, cross-country, athletics, badminton, table-tennis, tennis and sailing.
Physical Education Curriculum overview
We aim to deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. This includes opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness, as well as providing opportunities to compete in sport and other activities, whilst building character and helping to embed values such as fairness, teamwork and respect.
In line with the outgoing national curriculum for physical education, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
are physically active for sustained periods of time
engage in competitive sports and activities
develop healthy, active lifestyles
In order to fulfill these aims we have devised a set of activities that enable pupils to both develop themselves physically, but also as part of a competitive environment. Pupils experience Physical Education for 1 70 minute lesson per week in years 7 and 8, and the equivalent of fortnightly, in years 9-11. In addition to this pupils experience one 70 minute games lesson per week in all years.
Key stage 3
Pupils build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2 to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.
Pupils are taught to:
use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, rounders, rugby and tennis]
develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics]
take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
take part in competitive sports and activities both inside and outside school through community links or sports clubs
Key Stage 4
Pupils are expected to tackle more complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.
Pupils should be taught to:
use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, rounders, rugby and tennis]
develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports,[for example, athletics and gymnastics], or other physical activities [for example, fitness]
take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities both inside and outside school through community links or sports clubs
GCSE PE At CSE pupils will experience one 70 minute Theory lesson per week, and one 70 minute practical lesson per week, in addition to their core curriculum PE and Games sessions.The assessment of the course is in two parts:
1. Written examination 1hr 30 mins (40%)
Candidates are required to answer questions from two units of study:
The Theory of Physical Education: Healthy active lifestyles
Your healthy active body
2. Coursework (60%) (48% practical performance; 12% controlled assessment)
Candidates are required to demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or compositional techniques and to observe the rules and conventions of their FOUR chosen activities. Candidates can be assessed in the role of performer, coach or official. Activity areas:
Games: e.g. football, rugby, hockey, golf, badminton, basketball, judo, mountain biking etc
Outdoor and adventures: orienteering etc.
Swimming: life-saving etc.
Activities are marked out of 10, with the four highest scoring activities being put forward for the final practical mark. Pupils must offer activities from at least two activity areas. Controlled Assessment called ‘Analysis of Performance’ is marked out of 20 and equates to 12% of final practical grade. Controlled assessment is part written, part oral presentation.
Key Stage 5
The aims are to rovide opportunities to develop the student's physical potential and achievements, and to provide the student with a thorough understanding of a person's movement, performance and behaviour through both theoretical and practical means. The AS specification has 2 units as follows:
Unit 1 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
Motor control of skills in physical activity
Learning skills in physical activity
Socio-Cultural Studies relating to participation in physical activity (Section C)
Sport and culture
Contemporary sporting issues
Written paper: 2 hours
Weighting: 60% of total AS level marks
30% of total A level marks
Candidates are required to answer questions from each section. Each section is marked out of 30, and includes an extended 10 mark question.
Unit 2: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education
Performance (including coaching and officiating)
Evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance
- Internal assessment with external moderation: 80 marks
- Weighting: 40% of total AS level marks
- 20% of total A level marks
- Candidates are assessed in two activities either in the role of performer, coach or official. Candidates are also assessed in their ability to analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques of a player/performer and develop an action plan for how the performer can improve.
At A2, the specification enables candidates to further develop their understanding of key philosophical concepts,
themes, texts and techniques. Candidates will be given the opportunity to further specialise, with more subject areas
taught across the board.
The A2 specification has 2 units:
Unit 3: 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
- Drill, physical training and Physical Education in state schools
- Comparative Studies (Option A2)
- The United Kingdom
- The United States of America
- 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 in physical activity
- Fluid mechanics in physical activity
- Stability and angular motion in physical activity
- Exercise and Sport Physiology (Option B3)
- Health components of physical fitness
- Application of the principles of training
- Performance enhancement
- Written paper: 2 .5hours (105 marks)
- Weighting: 35% of total A level marks
- Candidates are required to answer three questions including a minimum of one question from section A
Unit 4: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical
- Performance in one sport (including coaching and officiating)
- Evaluation, appreciation and the improvement of performance
- Internal assessment with external moderation: 50 marks
- Weighting: 15% of total A level marks
- Candidates are assessed in one activity either in the role of performer, coach or official. Candidates are also assessed in their ability to analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques of a player/performer and develop a detailed oral action plan for how the performer can improve.