Physical Education

The Physical Education Department aims to provide all students with a positive experience within their PE lessons and extra-curricular activities. We aim to encourage a lifelong interest in sport and a healthy lifestyle and strive to ensure that each and every student has the opportunity to develop physically, socially and morally within the department’s programmes of learning. Our main aim is to have more of our pupils taking part in sport and physical activity within school, as well as increasing the opportunities these pupils have to compete in these activities against other schools.

Year 8 BasketballPhysical education is taught to all students at Key stage 3 and 4. Key stage 3 receive two hourly lessons per week and Key stage 4 receive 1 hour per week. Classes are taught mainly in single gender groups of mixed ability, where students are given the opportunity to participate and study a variety of sports and develop their knowledge and skills in a variety of activities such as: football, basketball, netball, volleyball, handball, rugby, table tennis, rounder’s, gymnastics, dance, athletics, futsal and tennis. We aim to encourage students to develop their techniques and skills by applying them to different activities through a safe and cooperative environment.

As a department we offer a wide range of Extra Curricular activities for pupils during lunchtime (12:25- 13:00) and afterschool (15:05-16:05) (See Extra Curricular Timetable) During these times, we have many clubs running per week as well as regular fixtures in a variety of team and individual sports.

We enter local and national competitions for all age groups in football, rugby, netball, basketball, rounder’s and athletics.

At the start of Key Stage 4, pupils have the option to pick to study GCSE PE or Cambridge National Award in Sport Studies. However, if they do not opt to take either of these choices then it must be noted, that regardless of whether you pick PE as an option or not, all pupils will still receive one hour of high quality PE per week from Year 10-11.

At Key Stage 5 we offer A Level Physical Education and this is a perfect continuation of GCSE PE from Key Stage 4. This is a classroom based course where pupils study the ‘biology of sport.’ Specific topics include sport psychology, energy systems and the biomechanics of sport.

Gymnastics Year 7 Lesson3In order to cater for gifted and talented pupils, we run football, rugby and netball academy sessions during the school week, outside of the pupil’s 2 hours PE per week. For these sessions, pupils will come off timetable and receive two hours of high quality coaching in order to develop their skill levels and make them better at their sport. The football sessions are run by Nottingham Forest Football Club and they deliver academy based sessions to pupils in Years 7-10. The rugby sessions are delivered by coaches from Mellish Rugby Club, providing excellent links between the club and the school. The netball Club is delivered by a netball coach from Bramcote Netball Club.

School teams have a long history of great success with students often going on to represent the County and England in their chosen sports.