In addition to the regular PE lessons for all pupils between Second and Fifth Form, the Physical Education Department also offers examination courses at GCSE and A levels.
At GCSE, pupils follow the Edexcel course. The Theory of Physical Education (Unit 1) focuses on healthy, active lifestyles, examining the benefits of exercise and fitness in promoting health and well-being. In addition, this unit also considers the workings of the cardiovascular; respiratory, muscular and skeletal systems as they relate to a healthy and active lifestyle.
Performance in Physical Education (Unit 2) presents opportunities for candidates to demonstrate their practical ability in four activities (worth 60% of total marks). This section also involves pupils in analysing performance in one of their chosen sports.
Advanced Level Physical Education follows the Edexcel specification involving two units at AS level.
Unit 1 – Participation in Sport and Recreation. The development of active leisure and recreation; Healthy Lifestyle; Effects of exercise – responses and adaptations of the body systems; Fitness and training; Fitness assessment; The development of competitive sport; Performance pathways; Lifelong involvement; The long-term athlete.
Unit 2 – The Critical Sports Performer (Coursework). Personal performance in two activities; Local study; National study; Performance analysis.
Advanced Level Physical Education follows the Edexcel specification involving two further units at A2 level.
Unit 3: Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance. Short-term physiological, psychological and technical preparations made by elite athletes. Fatigue and the recovery process. Long-term physiological, psychological and technical preparations made by elite athletes. Managing elite-performance – Centres of excellence and technical support.
Unit 4: The Developing Sports Performer (Coursework)
Personal performance in one activity; Development Plan; International Study; Life Plan.
Mr Andrew Rowley – Director of Sport
Miss Carolyn Bircher – Head of Academic PE
Miss Gemma Douglas - Head of Games
Mr Graham Smith - Head of Rugby
Mr David Stott - Head of Hockey
Mr Dave Best - Head of Lacrosse