When you move into the upper school you will still have compulsory games lessons each week but you will have the chance to choose what activity you would like to take part in. In Year 10 and 11 you will still have two lessons of PE each week. The main aim in Years 10 and 11 is for you to find an activity that you enjoy participating in and one that you may continue to pursue once you leave school. PE is also about making you more aware of what you need to do to keep yourself fit and healthy and encourage you to maintain an active lifestyle in later life.
In Years 10 and 11 you can choose from a number of activities offered to you. In Year 10 most of your activities will take place at school and range from dance, aerobics and trampolining to basketball, football and badminton. In January, we offer a special fitness/running course for all those who wish to get fit as part of their New Year’s resolution where we follow fitness activities at school and also go to Richmond Park to go running!!
In Year 11 you get an even wider choice of activities, many of which take place out of school. As well as all of the school-based options named above, you will have the chance to go bowling, swimming, canoeing and to the gym (a charge will apply to these activities). We also offer you a chance to complete a self-defence course.
GCSE Physical Education
The practical part of GCSE PE will involve participating in a wide variety of different sports from games like netball, hockey and tennis to activities such as gymnastics, dance and trampolining. You may also choose to be assessed on sports in which you take part in out of school eg. swimming or karate. It is expected that you will take part in extra-curricular clubs both in and out of school to improve your skills in a variety of sports.
You will have one written exam, on your theory work, which is worth 40% of your final grade. You will be assessed practically on 4 different sports or activities, each will be assessed individually to make up 60% of your final GCSE PE grade.
Taking GCSE PE is an essential stepping stone to A’ Level PE and also into certain courses at university for example, Sports Science, Leisure Management, Physiotherapy, Outdoor Management and many more.
GCSE PE will provide you with many skills which could help you in careers such as a Fitness Instructor, Sports Centre Manager, Professional Sportsperson, Physiotherapist, Teacher or in the Forces.