The Physical Education Department consists of nine dedicated and fully qualified teachers who are committed to the sporting development of all students.
Key Stage 3
Students receive 2 hours of high quality PE a week. The PE curriculum has traditionally been dominated by Games activities, with all students also participating in Gymnastics, Dance, OAA and Athletics. In Year 7, students are taught in single gender and mixed ability groups. Whilst in Years 8 and 9 groups are organised by both gender and ability. Assessments are also carried out for each activity studied.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage Four, students receive two hours of high quality PE a week. The curriculum has traditionally been dominated by games activities, with students also participating in dance, gymnastics and athletics. The department is continually striving to offer a range of new and different activities in order to maximise participation and enjoyment. Physical Education can provide a valuable release from the increasing pressures and demands of examinations and coursework.
Click here to see our Core PE Curriculum Plan for both KS3 & KS4.
Examination courses are a key feature in the department. AQA GCSE PE is offered as a Key Stage 4 option and attracts a significant number of students. Students are taught in set groups and progress is tracked and monitored by the department to provide additional support and intervention. Students complete a range of both formal and informal assessments in class, as well as mock and real examinations.
The department has a clear and simple policy regarding the wearing of suitable PE kit. There are two sections to the policy. Please click on the links below to see both sections in detail.
After School Clubs
Extra-curricular provision is a major strength of the school. A significant number of students represent the school in a wide range of sports, playing against other schools both locally and regionally. Teams are represented in football (girls and boys), basketball (girls and boys), rugby union (girls and boys), netball, rounders, cricket, karting and athletics. An increasing number of students perform at a very high level in their chosen sports; some participate at national level. Other activities are offered on a recreational level; these include fitness, gymnastics, dance and cheerleading.
A large number of students are now actively involved in Sports Leadership. As part of the Coaching, Leadership and Enterprise Academy, students deliver after school sports sessions in our local primary schools. Students develop a wide range of skills through leadership that they can use later in life, including communication, organisation, awareness of health and safety, fair play, etc. Students can gain qualifications in Sports Leadership as the department delivers the nationally recognised Sports Leaders UK courses in both sport, and dance.
The department organises a range of inter-house competitions where students can represent their house in a range of sporting activities. Our biggest house competitions are our annual sports days, where we use both the schools facilities and Princess Marys running track in Liversedge, to host a highly competitive athletics event.
The school has been actively involved in the RFU All Schools programme for the last five years and as a result the numbers of students, both boys and girls, playing rugby union has increased dramatically. Our relationship with Cleckheaton RUFC continues to be strong. New for 2017/18 is the VIBE Rugby Player Development Pathway.
The school with the support of the Rugby Football Union and Cleckheaton RFU is offering a pathway that looks at developing students around all aspects of rugby. The pathway will offer the students the chance to not only develop as rugby players but also as leader’s and referee’s, gaining qualifications in both of these other areas. This pathway is open to Year 8 students who have to apply and go through an interview process to be accepted on the course.
The department holds an Annual Sports Presentation Evening where the sporting success of the students is celebrated. This is always a very successful evening and the department invites ex students who have become professional sportsmen and women to present the awards.
The Department organises catch-up, intervention and revision classes throughout the year for students studying GCSE PE.
In addition to the vast extra-curricular sports/dance programme, the Department also organises trips to a variety of events.
For example : Football (Manchester United), Rugby Union (Sale Sharks), Cricket (Yorkshire CCC), National Cycling Centre (taster sessions on Velodrome, BMX and MTB tracks), Football/Netball Tours (Spain).