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Physical Education Faculty

The Avon Valley School believe that physical education should provide every individual student access to the knowledge, skills and positive attitudes which are imperative in the promotion of long-term physical activity. It is our belief that the provision of physical education should contain a broad but balanced range of physical activities. These activities should be appropriate to the individual needs of students and their varying abilities.

Our aim is to give all students, irrespective of their academic or physical ability, the opportunity to discover and develop their physical potential through a balanced, progressive programme of activities. Students are encouraged to take a more active role through leadership skills and often work with other students for evaluation and coaching sessions. This enables the students to not only develop the traditional performance element of the National Curriculum, but develop their leadership skills and experience the other roles involved in sport.

Subject Description

At Key Stage 3, all students will study Physical Education for four hours over the two-week timetable. They will be encouraged to take part in a wide variety of activities from all aspects of the National Curriculum. Students will also be given the opportunity to develop leadership skills across the different activities.

Key Stage 3 Core PE

Core PE during Key Stage 3, pupils will study the following areas on a rotational basis, developing their practical ability, subject knowledge and confidence to take on a variety of roles:

  • Outwit opponents in winter games
  • Safe Exercise
  • Problem solving and leadership
  • Accurate replication
  • Outwit opponents in summer games
  • Maximum performance

Key Stage 4 Core PE

Year 10

During Key Stage 4, pupils will study the following areas on a rotational basis, further developing their practical ability, subject knowledge and confidence to take on a variety of roles:

  • Outwit opponents in winter games
  • Safe Exercise
  • Problem solving and leadership
  • Accurate replication
  • Outwit opponents in summer games
  • Maximum performance

Year 11

During Year 11, pupils are encouraged to opt from a range of activity choices to study in greater detail. This must include at least two areas from the National Curriculum groups covered in previous years. They are given a greater role to play in the organisation, leadership and officiating of activities in preparation for their own activity and exercise choices post-16. Pupils are encouraged to make healthy and well informed choices regarding their exercise and activity choices.

GCSE PE – AQA Physical Education 4890

In addition to this, students can opt for GCSE Physical Education. GCSE PE students will receive five extra PE lessons of the two-week timetable (some theory and some practical) in addition to Core PE lessons, and will be assessed in three methods: 60% final exam, 30% practical assessment and 10% written project. For the practical assessment, students will study a variety of activities, with the four highest scoring activities chosen for their final assessment grade. They will also look at their strengths and weaknesses in one activity and suggest ways to improve this. This is known as Controlled Assessment, and pupils must produce a piece of written work under exam conditions looking at evaluating and improving their own, or someone else's performance.

OCR Level 1/2 National Certificate in Sports Studies

We also offer the Sports Studies course which is far less scientifically based, and although it still has an exam, this is both shorter and has less subject content to learn. The whole course is designed to be more practically and vocationally based for those with a career in the sports and leisure industry or coaching in mind.

The course is split into 4 modules:

  • Contemporary Issues in Sport – theory work with a one hour exam
  • Developing skills in a team sport and an individual sport – practical to take place with GCSE PE students
  • Media and Sport – theory course with the need to produce a portfolio of evidence
  • Leadership and Coaching – Practical based with portfolio of evidence to collate

PE Staff

Mr D Payne

Faculty Leader
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Miss L Webb

Assistant Faculty Leader
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Mr R Dignum

Teacher of PE
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Mrs L Whiteside

Teacher of PE
whiteside.l@welearn365.com

Mrs K Gospel

Teacher of PE
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Mr M Gospel

Teacher of PE
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Mr A Ross

Teacher of PE
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Mr C Hartfield

Teacher of PE
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Mr K Barnes

PE Support Technician
barnes.k@welearn365.com

Miss L Partridge

PE Teaching Assistant
partridge.l@welearn365.com