PE

Introduction:

In all areas of our curriculum and through our extra-curricular provision we encourage and develop the values of friendship, respect and excellence and also inspiration, courage, equality and determination through effort and regular participation in healthy activities.

In PE and sport we offer students the opportunity to experience a broad range of activities.  Students have timetabled lessons from Year 7 through to Year 12, with two lessons per week through both Key Stage 3 and 4.  We offer GCSE PE (Edexcel) and A level PE (OCR) through the school’s option system.  Our curriculum is enhanced by staff, occasionally supported by senior sports leaders and staff from other departments, who offer a range of extra-curricular clubs, activities and teams throughout the year.   

Curriculum

Key Stage 3

All Key Stage 3 students receive two timetabled PE lessons per week. In year 7, students have one single sex lesson and one lesson taught as a form group (mixed). In years 8 & 9, students are taught in single sex groups.  We offer a broad curriculum to our students, where students experience a range of activities that may include football, netball, rugby union, hockey, handball, gymnastics, dance, fitness, basketball, athletics, cricket, rounders and tennis. 

Key Stage 4

All Key Stage 4 students continue to receive two timetabled, core PE lessons per week, where we look to extend the experiences gained lower down the school.  We offer a range of traditional activities as well as the opportunity to experience activities such as trampolining, handball, Boxercise, Zumba, badminton, yoga, aerobics and softball.  We also offer the Sports Leaders level 1 course to students in year 10. As well as providing opportunities for students to lead and assist with the hosting and running of sports festivals for our feeder primary schools.

Extra-Curricular Activities

We offer a wide range of activities throughout the year.  We actively encourage and welcome all students to attend these clubs and practices.  The majority of our clubs happen during our lunch times and some after school.  Our “sport for all” policy means that any student showing a consistent and resilient approach to extra-curricular sport will be given an opportunity to represent the school.  The Chiltern District of schools has a very active intra-school programme.  We field teams in sports such as football (boys and girls), netball, rugby union, hockey, basketball, handball, equestrianism, swimming, gymnastics, athletics, cricket, tennis, rounders, softball, badminton and indoor rowing.

GCSE (Edexcel)

We currently offer a popular full course GCSE PE option, following the Edexcel syllabus.  This is assessed in two exams at the end of the second year.  The two exams equate to 60% of the overall grade. Students are assessed in three activities, one of which must be an individual sport and one must be a team sport. As part of their controlled assessment (10%), students are assessed through a written personal exercise programme, related to one of their three sports.  We are visited by an external moderator every summer term. 

A Level (OCR)

We offer the OCR A level PE course. 30% of the course is assessed through practical performance (performer/coach) in one sport and a detailed analysis of performance in the chosen sport.

70% is assessed by three exams in the summer of the second year. The first exam is physiological factors (30%), the second is psychological factors (20%) and third is socio-cultural issues in sport (20%). 

Curriculum Staff

Ms Flitney (Curriculum Leader)
Mrs Clegg
Mr Dunsby
Ms Hill
Mrs Lyons (SSCO)
Mr Rushant

Mr Tebb

Excursions, Trips and other Projects

For the last seven years or so, members of the department have led the school’s ski trip to Italy, during the February half-term.  In 2014 and 2016 the department completed sports tours to Spain with key stage 3 football and netball squads.  There may be opportunities for the department to offer trips during the year to watch England football matches at Wembley, rugby matches at Twickenham and Super League netball matches.  We have links with Wasps Rugby Club and Wycombe Wanderers and have taken groups to watch home games there.  We were able to take groups of students to the Olympic Park, to watch the Olympic Torch relay and also the Paralympic Games 2012.  Every other year, the department works with a wide range of students, occasionally students from outside of the school, to perform in the gym and dance display, which takes place in the fourth half-term.  

Homework and Assignments

Homework at Key Stage 3, is set to meet the needs of the curriculum.  Occasionally there might be an opportunity to watch a programme on television that is directly related to the activity being undertaken, or creating a rules factsheet.

At GCSE level, students will be set regular homework, which may be practical in some cases, as part of an ongoing training programme.  Written homework is usually completed by students in their exercise books.

At A level, students will be set a variety of tasks. This may be set reading in support of, or ahead of, topics being undertaken, past exam questions or group presentations.  Reading around and in support of these courses is vital to the success of our students.  There may be particular television programmes that need to be watched, such as Inside Sport, and these would be discussed in subsequent lessons.

Examination Results - Summer 2016

GCSE Full Course 2016 81% A*-C.

A Level Physical Education 2016 100% A-D

A2 BTEC Sport 2016:  100% A*-C 

Past Examination Results 

GCSE Full Course 2015 90% A*-C.  42% A*-A

A Level Physical Education 2015 100% A-D

A2 BTEC Sport 2012:  100% A*-C 

Useful Websites and Resources

mypeexam.org.uk

BBC sport and BBC science website