Physical Education is taught to all students in both Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. BTEC Sport (Level 2) is an option choice at Key Stage 4, whilst GCSE PE is to be taught in core PE lessons to Year 10 students. BTEC Sports Science (Level 3) is an option choice available to Post-16 students. Within the Physical Education Department, students are given the opportunity to represent the academy at sports such as badminton, football, basketball, rounders, cricket, trampolining and swimming. We also compete in the Walsall Schools Athletics Competition and within the E-ACT Games competition structure. There are also opportunities for students to develop their personal and social skills by being a member of the Leadership Academy and a Sports Ambassador as well as completing additional qualifications including ‘Heartstart’ by the British Heart Foundation.
The department has excellent sports facilities including an 8 badminton court sports hall, indoor swimming pool, gymnasium, astro turf and 8 all weather tennis courts. The department aims to interest all students in taking part in a variety of physical activities and to understand the different roles that are available within sport, such as official, coach and organiser. All students are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities – see attached timetable.
The physical education curriculum aims to:
- develop self-confidence to participate in and to evaluate performances,
- stimulate the growth of responsibility, self-discipline and self-belief
- promote initiative and individual judgement
- develop compromise and to respect the views of others.
- develop motor-skills
- develop social skill
- promote excellence in sport
Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 curriculum focuses on nine sporting activities. In Year 7, the students focus on a smaller number of activity areas, whilst in Year 8 and 9, the activity areas widen as the students develop their physical ability and understanding of techniques and tactics. Each scheme of work can be adapted and modified depending on various factors such as ability, class size and the resources that are used. Each activity area lends itself to both independent and group work, in which students develop their ability to assess their own and others’ performance.
Key Stage 4
Courses offered depending on students and numbers
BTEC Sport (Level 2)
Year 10 students – old BTEC
New Year 10 students – new BTEC
GCSE Physical Education – AQA
BTEC Sports Science (Level 3)
For practical lessons, the department is generally well resourced with equipment for all activity areas that are taught. The department has two trampolines, a multi gym and a variety of gymnastics equipment. Modified equipment is also available for different ability teaching groups. The department has access to video cameras that enables students to see their performance and thus gain an understanding on how to improve their technique. Whiteboards and projectors have been installed in to two of the changing rooms to aid starters and plenaries with video clips and learning objectives.
The academy came first in the Walsall Schools Badminton Competition and following this success, when taking part in the E-ACT Games, we came second in the E-ACT Badminton National Finals held in Sheffield, and are competing in the E-ACT Athletics competition in June 2013.
Year 8 Basketball team came second in the Walsall Schools Basketball Competition.
Walsall U13 and U16 Silver Cup Football Champions.
Key Stage 3 Girls Football came second, and Key Stage 4 Girls Football came third in the Walsall Schools Girls Football Competition.
Four students represent the academy in the Walsall District Football teams:
One student plays for the Walsall District Rugby team.
Two students entered the West Midlands Forza Badminton Championships.
Meet the Staff
Mrs A. Davis – Associate Assistant Principal – Head of Faculty – PE / Health / Social Care
Mrs D. Steele – Interim Head of PE
Mr A. Atkinson – Teacher of PE / Peer Tutoring Coordinator
Mr M. Cartwright – Assistant Principal
Mr A. Kaszuba – Teacher of PE
Mr G. Sprague – Teacher of PE
Mr S. Sprague – Teacher of PE (based at Willenhall E-ACT Academy)
Boxing classes with Mr B. Moore
Challenge Day – wheel chair basketball; outdoor and adventurous activities (canoeing); Paralympic experience of blind football, sit down volleyball.
Olympics national stadium visit.
Team photos – football, badminton, basketball, athletics.
Last updated: April 2016