Our diverse sport and fitness provision allows all students to enjoy and succeed in a range of physical activity whilst improving their health and wellbeing. It also allows them to develop their practical performance, creative and leadership skills.
We have excellent sporting facilities at Oathall including extensive grass playing fields and a running track, three 3G pitches, a dance studio and a multi-use sports hall.
Safety in PE
We recommend that students wear gum shields when playing hockey and rugby. Shin pads are strongly recommended for PE lessons in football and hockey and are compulsory for any school matches.
Key Stage 3 PE
In Key Stage 3 students have 2 hours of PE per week. Year 7 & 8 are taught in mixed ability, single sex groups. They complete 4 week blocks of work (8 lessons) in Gymnastics, Dance, Athletics, Fitness and a range of games activities to include Tennis, Hockey, Football, Netball/Rugby and Table Tennis. In year 9 students follow a more personalised learning programme. They select a pathway with a choice of Competitive Games, Creative or Lifestyle. They will be taught in mixed ability and depending on their option choice single or mixed sex groups. They will complete 9 blocks of work each consisting of 8 lessons.
One week each year is set aside for two PE House competitions. During this time the normal PE timetable is collapsed.
Key Stage 4
Our Year 10 and 11 students receive 3 hours of PE over a two week period. For two of these lessons as in Year 9 they have a pathway option choice of Competitive Games, Lifestyle or Creative. This will determine the types of activities studied and whether they are taught in mixed or single sex groups.
In Year 10, the additional hour is dedicated to the development of leadership skills. Students utilise these leadership skills when they visit our feeder primary schools in the summer term to deliver skills sessions. In Year 11, the additional hour is used to offer additional theory support our GCSE full course students and other students receive a recreational hour of PE.
GCSE Physical Education
This 2-year option course develops student’s knowledge and practical skills in a range of physical activities. It allows students to examine the effects of exercise on the human body and understand how effective training can improve performance. Students also have the opportunity to plan, analyse and evaluate a personal exercise programme. We currently follow the Edexcel specification. Examination breakdown is:
- 60% – Theory exam at the end of Year 11. This consists of two papers.
- 30% – Practical exam at the end of Year 11. Students must perform in 3 different activities from a specified list.
- 10% – Coursework. Conducted in Year 10 and involves students designing a Personal Exercise Programme.