Games

We follow a programme of termly sports, namely:

  • Autumn – rugby
  • Spring – hockey
  • Summer – cricket

Groups are differentiated to ensure pupils are working in a safe environment with boys of similar ability.

All years regularly take part in inter-school matches. Our sporting ethos is very much aligned to the principles promoted by England rugby U18 coach, Russell Earnshaw, through his Magic Academy, where personal development and growth is more important than the number of wins.  Finding fixtures where both sides have equal chance of winning is crucial to develop a feeling of self-worth for both sides.  Earnshaw also refers to redefining ‘winning’ and setting personal challenges within a game that allow everyone to access sport and gain the virtues of teamwork, discipline and respect.  Having a dedicated team of qualified PE teachers who believe in these values is crucial to deliver our philosophy.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9)

Pupils are given expert tuition in the termly sport from well qualified Physical Education teachers.  The focus is two-fold:

  • Skill development: where the relevant technical input gives pupils an insight into being able to produce the correct skill repeatedly and consistently, at the right time, and
  • Game awareness: pupils are taught in small sided games to develop their understanding of when and where to perform a certain skill.  This ability to make the right decision will give them the opportunity to outwit their opponent both in attack and in defence.

Extra-curricular practices build on the work done in curriculum lessons and prepare pupils to compete in matches against other schools, either midweek or on Saturdays.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11)

Work in Year 10 builds on the foundation laid in the lower years and more emphasis is placed on game play and placing boys in a situation where they have to make good decisions and then execute the skill to the best of their ability.  Break-out sessions will then address technical frailties before skills are re-tested in small sided games. Preparation for inter-school matches takes place with set piece practices both in lesson time and with after-school sessions.

In Year 11 pupils take part in the traditional ‘Wednesday afternoon’ games slot and those who play team sports will test their skills within the 1st team environment. Other pupils will be give a myriad of activities to take part in so they maintain a fit and active lifestyle. The curriculum is a little more self-directed and recreational to enable pupils to find an activity that they will take with them into adulthood.  Activities such as badminton, table tennis, basketball, football and use of the fitness facilities on the School grounds.

Physical Education

The purpose of our Physical Education programme is to improve the knowledge and understanding of how the body works; how we learn and develop skills; and further develop a love of exercise that will continue after our pupils have left the structured environment that a school provides.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9)

Pupils in Years 7 to 9 follow a wide and varied programme that allows them to find a physical activity that they enjoy and in which each and every pupil can achieve some level of success.  Health related fitness allows pupils to benchmark their current level of fitness, then undertake many different methods of training, before measuring their improvement over a half term period.   

Racquet sports play a big part in the physical education programme, through badminton and short tennis. Pupils learn the technical requirements of each shot within matchplay, developing tactics to outwit their opponent. Hand-eye co-ordination and locomotion skills are developed in basketball, through small-sided games. Tactics to develop and maintain space promote teamwork.

In the summer term pupils travel to Moorways Athletics Stadium to undertake a full programme of track and field. Pupils are monitored so they know exactly how fast they can run, how far they can throw and high they can jump.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 to 11)

Pupils undertake physical education at Key Stage 4 as part of the GCSE options system.  We follow the Edexcel specification which enables pupils to excel inside and outside the classroom. The course is split into practical (40%) and theory (60%), with pupils opting to be assessed in three activities. The theory content includes:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Sport psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Use of data

The content is assessed in two formal examinations at the end of the two year course