The promotion of an active lifestyle is one of the central aims of physical education (PE). The role of schools and PE in promoting health, producing a ‘healthy nation’ and in tackling obesity has been increasingly recognised in recent years. Lack of physical activity and increasingly sedentary lifestyles in school-age children is a global health problem, but physical activity during childhood and adolescence has multiple health benefits. Opportunities to engage students in physical activity are critical in encouraging healthy lifestyles in our students. With the pressures resulting from a newly reformed curriculum, there is a greater need to promote extra-curricular opportunities for students to assist them in the diversity of their experience. Our PE team has annually drawn impressive numbers of students to participate in the ‘Beyond 3PM’ activities which they provide and under the leadership of Tom Mitchell, they have led substantial parts of the Duke of Edinburgh Award which is now hugely popular with our students. Encompassing a broad range of sports, students are exposed to individual and team activities that see them refining physical skill and ability. There are weekly opportunities to participate in competitive sport in team games, such as rugby hockey and cricket, and the school often travels to other schools to compete. Competitive sport is complemented by the opportunity for students to attend individual and ‘open’ activities where they develop a sense of physical literacy. With many of our students competing at a national level, competitive sport is an exciting part of school life. In the forthcoming year the PE team will be seeking to support students with achieving nationally recognised coaching qualifications. While an outdoor and adventurous activities visit to Devon ensures Key Stage Three students develop wider skills in sports such as surfing and rock climbing, the school also takes sporting teams to foreign fields in an annual European sports tour.
The rebuild of our school incorporated the inclusion of exceptional PE facilities. These include, a sports hall, fitness suite, dance studios, a competition swimming pool, and extensive floodlit outdoor areas including an astro-turf games area.
Our staff are passionate about their subject and deliver high quality learning for all students. They also offer an extensive range of extra-curricular activity; our Beyond 3PM offering. All students are encouraged to participate. These can be viewed opposite.