Sport Science is a new aspect of the curriculum. It is a discipline that studies how the healthy human body works during exercise, and how sport and physical activity promote health from cellular to whole body perspectives. It has been introduced into Key Stage 3 and focusses on linking our theoretical knowledge to sporting performance. It combines practical and theoretical elements and involves testing and data collection linked with the Science Curriculum.
Extra-curricular Sport and Games play a vital role. Students confront moral and ethical problems, sportsmanship, personal conduct and attitude. The values of perseverance, tolerance, courage, initiative and autonomous learning are encouraged and developed.
Key Stage 3 students study Games (invasion, striking/fielding), Athletics and Gymnastics. Students devise strategies and tactics for appropriate activities, and plan and develop their skills and knowledge to improve performance. They adapt and refine existing skills and apply them to new situations. Students are taught to recognise the importance of rules and apply them as an official or referee. Students learn short and long term benefits of exercise on the body systems. They learn to show how to prepare for activities and recover after vigorous physical exercise.
Key Stage Four students follow full course Edexcel GCSE. They undertake a range of practical activities offering four for assessment. Students learn to apply and demonstrate the relationship between factors affecting participation and performance; know how and why people get involved in sport and understand the need for an active lifestyle. They broaden their experience in different roles; performing, coaching and officiating. Each student is encouraged to regularly participate in health promoting physical activity, and personalise the content material by undertaking a Personal Exercise Plan.
Key Stage Five students follow the IB Sport & Exercise Health Science (Higher). Students are encouraged to gain coaching qualifications, and a focus is put on continuing their interests outside curriculum time within the community. The PE department maintains cross-curricular links to other subjects and contributes fully to the ethos of the school.
Physical Education is useful in a wide range of careers, which include:
- Physical Therapist
- Occupational Therapist
- Athletic Trainer
- Physical Education Teacher
- Fitness Specialist–Personal Trainer
- Fitness Director Recreation Worker
- Dance Medicine and Science
- Gerontology Athletic Coach
- Dance Educator
- Exercise Science / Sports Medicine Sports Management
- Sports Medicine
- Health Educator
Links to Extra-curricular Sports