PE is taught as a core subject to all pupils from First Form to Fifth Forms (Years 7-11).
GCSE PE and A level Sport Studies are also offered as academic options. Boys and girls are taught together in Years 7 and 8, and then offered separate options thereafter. Activities include gymnastics, swimming, basketball and trampolining.
All students have one afternoon of games each week. The major sports for boys are rugby, hockey (from Year 9 onwards), cricket, tennis and athletics. For girls, the major sports are hockey and netball in the winter and rounders, tennis and athletics in the summer. Further options are available for older pupils, including soccer, squash, sailing, canoeing, badminton, swimming, aerobics and fitness training. We run a large number of teams in the traditional sports and try to provide opportunities for all pupils to be involved, regardless of their ability. Most fixtures are played on Saturdays, with occasional mid-week matches. The school has a long tradition of overseas sports tours, and recent destinations have included Ireland, Jersey, Barcelona, Vienna, Canada, South Africa and Barbados.
The Hartswood sport ground, located two miles from the school, provides some 32 acres of playing fields and a floodlit all-weather Astroturf pitch. On the main school site, the department has use of a sports hall, 25m indoor swimming pool, dance studio, fitness room, and four floodlit netball courts.
The department offers both GCSE and A Level Sport and Physical Education. The GCSE course has a practical component which is worth 60% of the final grade. Students have to submit 4 sports for examination either as a performer, an official or a coach. This gives students an interesting opportunity to widen their sporting horizons. There is one final written examination at the end of Year 11 which is worth 40% of the final grade. This paper has a mixture of multiple choice, short and long written answers. The theory content includes areas such as nutrition, movement analysis, factors affecting participation, aspects of fitness, impact of exercise and modern technological advances in sport.
The A Level course also has a compulsory practical element to it, which is worth 40% of the final grade. At AS Level students have to submit one sport as a performer plus either coaching or officiating as their second role. At A2 students only have to submit one role of their choice for the practical element. 60% of the final grade is based on two final written examinations, one at the conclusion of the AS course and the other at the conclusion of the A2 course. Past experiences would suggest that doing well in the written examinations is the key to a good final grade.
Course Summary and Specifications
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