Physical Education

Mrs N Guy (Subject Leader)
Ms S Humphreys
Miss G Riley

At Key Stage 3, all girls undertake a course of traditional games activities, including Netball, Tag Rugby and Tennis. Other areas studied are Gymnastics, Dance and Athletics. The focus at this level is: to refine and acquire new skills; to select and apply skills using tactics and compositional ideas; to evaluate and improve upon personal performances; to increase knowledge of fitness and health.

In Year 7, the students have a single period of Performing Arts, which allows them to develop a wide range of performance skills and learn about different Dance styles and techniques. The lessons are taught by specialists from DAPA, who are the creative directors of many of the annual Kent based Pantomimes. Each year the Year 7 Dance show forms the culmination of all the students’ hard work and is a department highlight.

At Key Stage 4 the activities offered are a mixture of traditional and individual pursuits. There is a strong emphasis on planning and evaluation of self and others. There is also a need to experience different roles, so there is a focus on learning rules and officiating in a variety of sports. Girls can choose from a range of activities including Badminton, Table Tennis, Rowing and the Fitness Room. We are keen to encourage the development of individual interests, therefore alternative programmes may be considered, including Swimming, Aerobics, Rowing and Running.

Key stage 4 students can opt to take GCSE PE (short Course) as an Extended Schools Subject. We have just begun our 7th year running the course with 20 students and look forward in anticipation to results day in August 2017. Year on year we have achieved some outstanding results. The 2016 cohort obtained 8 A*/A’s from our group of 19 students.

The department runs the nationally recognised Level 1 Sports Leaders Award, offered via Sports Leaders UK. This is delivered in curriculum time and is offered to students in Year 10 and 11. They are able to develop their communication and organisational skills. Through sporting situations they work in teams and individually to enhance confidence and using their initiative with a view to becoming responsible sporting leaders. We have seen some of our students achieve Sports Ambassador status over the past 2 years, as part of their involvement in the Kent School Games leadership programme. Locally, our students play a key role in a variety of district Primary School sports events as leaders. Also, for the last 4 years, we have helped to run and lead the hugely successful, annual Sports Day Event at St. Mary’s Primary School in Dover.