John Willmott School

Physical Education

Through both the curriculum and extra-curricular activities the PE Department aims to ensure that all students:

  • Develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • Are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • Take part in competitive sports and activities
  • Lead healthy, active lives

Key Stage 3

Students develop techniques, tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in a range of competitive individual and team sports and activities. They develop their performance skills in dance and gymnastics, problem solving, team building and trust within outdoor education. Students are encouraged to always achieve their best and to know how to improve their performance.

Activities Studied at KS3:

Boys – Gymnastics, dance, fitness, football, rugby, basketball, cricket, athletics, badminton, outdoor education and tennis.

Girls – Gymnastics, dance, fitness, netball, basketball, football, badminton, trampolining, rounders, athletics, tennis and outdoor education.

Key Stage 4

Core PE

At KS4 students continue to study a range of activities to further develop their skills and are encouraged to develop personal fitness to promote a healthy lifestyle. They also have the opportunity to take a sports leaders' course that is aimed at building leadership, communication and organisational skills.

Yr 10 – Students have the opportunity to participate in the following:

Netball, football, fitness, trampolining, basketball, badminton, athletics, rugby, volleyball, handball, dodgeball, dance, table- tennis, tennis, rounders, athletics and softball.

In YR 11 we hire facilities at the local leisure centre which provides the students with an excellent link for continuing a healthy, active lifestyle after leaving school.

Students have the opportunity to play squash, badminton, football, use the gym equipment and also take fitness classes such as body combat, step aerobics and pilates. They can also opt to participate in mountain biking in Sutton Park.

We offer 2 examination courses in KS 4

GCSE Physical Education (AQA)

Students study both theoretical and practical aspects, they receive 5 hours per 2 week period in Yr 10 and 6 hours in Year 11. It is assessed 60% practically (4 sports) and 40% theory via an external exam.

Activities covered in school include: football, netball, badminton, circuit training, trampolining, basketball, rounders, athletics, orienteering, hill walking and mountain biking.

Students can also be assessed on activities they participate in out of school after discussion with the Head of Department.

The theory covers a range of topics including: anatomy and physiology, health and fitness, diet, sports injury and prevention and social issues such as drugs and sponsorship.

BTEC Sport

Students receive 5 hours per 2 weeks in Year 10 and 6 hours in Year 11. Four units are studied, 3 are assessed by coursework (75%) and 1 unit (25%) via an external online test.

  • Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance
  • Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action
  • Unit 5: Training for Personal Fitness

Where possible the theory is taught through a practical, vocational approach.

Key Stage 5

2 courses are offered, A Level Physical Education and BTEC Sport.

A Level Physical Education

The A Level covers both theory (60%) and practical (40%)

Students have 9 hours per 2 week period.

The theory covers the Anatomy and Physiology of Sport, Psychology of Sport and the Socio Cultural aspects relating to sport.

2 practicals are assessed at AS and 1 is continued into A2. Students also observe and analyse a performer then produce an action plan on how to improve his/her performance.

BTEC Sport

6 units are covered over the 2 years. It is all assessed through coursework.

Compulsory units studied in Yr 12:

  • Unit 1- Anatomy for Sport and Exercise
  • Unit 2- Sport and Exercise Physiology
  • Unit 7 –Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise

A further 3 optional units are studied in Yr 13.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Department runs various clubs and teams and enters local leagues and competitions for all year groups.

These include:

  • Football (boys and girls)
  • Netball
  • Cricket (boys and girls)
  • Badminton
  • Table Tennis
  • Basketball
  • Rounders
  • Handball
  • Dance
  • Athletics

For the last 3 years there has been a football tour to Europe and there are regular ski trips to Europe and the USA.

The Department organises inter-house competitions in a variety of activities and also outdoor education days to include skiing, climbing, orienteering and team building challenges.

These all help to build students' self-confidence, develop social skills and embed values such as fairness and respect.