Welcome to the Physical Education Department

Department Teaching Team

Director of PE / Assistant Headteacher (Pastoral): Mr A Knoupe

Second in Department: Mrs K Siadatan

PE Teachers:

Mr A Martin: Assistant Headteacher (Sixth Form)

Mr T Dow

Miss E Richardson

PE Newsletter

PE Newsletter - May 2018

Subject Information

At The Archbishop’s School we will pursue excellence for all in PE & Sport.  We will use the power of PE & Sport to enhance the academic, personal and social development of all our students.

We aim to increase their self-esteem, infuse them with a sense of pride in their successes, encourage them to strive for improvement, motivate them to achieve more and thus raise their standards of attainment in all areas of the curriculum.  It is our vision to raise standards of achievement in Physical Education and Sport for all our students across the ability range leading to whole school improvement.

We will look to promote excellence in Physical Education and aim to maximise participation in extra-curricular activities, helping to provide a structure through which young people can progress to careers in sport and physical education.

We shall increase participation in Physical Education and Sport for all pre and post 16 year olds and develop the potential of talented performers.  As a department we hope to make young people healthier, encourage them to develop their self-discipline and teamwork skills, develop their leadership potential and introduce them to activities they may enjoy and derive health benefits from for a lifetime.

By providing enhanced opportunities and offering encouragement to engage in PE & Sport as spectators, participants, coaches, administrators or officials, the members of our community will be included in the benefits that PE & Sport can provide.  We believe that it is important to provide students with the opportunities to participate in sport by carrying out a variety of these roles.  It is not only performers that are essential to the smooth running of sport and PE; volunteers, officials and coaches play a vital role in developing and maintaining excellence in sport in the school.  We aim to raise standards of teaching, learning and opportunities in Physical Education and Sport and to broaden the range of opportunities available to students which best meet their needs and interests.  We pride ourselves in our extra-curricular and enrichment programme and encourage all students to represent the school during their time with us.   Our success in numerous sports can be noted both locally and throughout the county and in some sports nationally.

Extension and Enrichment

Our Extra curriculum programme again is broad and available to all students.  We offer a comprehensive lunch time and after school club programme for activities on the curriculum and not on the curriculum.   We also have an extensive fixture list which sees us compete within the Canterbury area, County wide competitions, both of which allow us to compete nationally.

Our Enrichment Programme sees all students take part in a number of Inter-house competitions throughout the year.  These competitions play a key part in development of the House Ethos we have in the school.   All students have the opportunity to participate in these competitions.   There are opportunities to also experience other enrichment activities when we utilise local clubs and coaches to provide new activities which we are unable to deliver in the school.

Key Stage 3 Compulsory Programme

Year 7 pupils have 5 hours of PE over 2 weeks.  Years 8 and 9 have 6 hours of PE over 2 weeks.  In their curriculum we are aiming to promote personal development through Every Child Matters and Personal, Learning and Thinking skills (PLTS) which could even be achieved through cross curricular dimensions.  We are trying to give pupils the opportunity to experience different types of learning which we will do through 4 different pathways:

Creative Pathway (Accurate Replication and Exploring Ideas) Gym/Dance/Trampolining

Outwitting Opponents Pathway – Invasion/Striking & Fielding/Net+Wall

Problem Solving – Team Building/Orienteering/HRF

Performing at maximum levels – Athletics/Cross Country/Combined activities

Key Stage 4 Compulsory Programme

KS4 pupils (Y10 and 11) have 3 hours of PE over 2 weeks.  The Key Stage 4 Programme is a personalised learning programme.  Learners continue to follow the compulsory elements of the National Curriculum.  An important aim is developing physical, mental and social skills required for progression in learning and future life experience.

We are trying to give pupils the opportunity to experience different types of learning which we will do through 3 personalised pathways:

Team Performance Pathway

Individual Performance Pathway

Active Lifestyle/Social Pathway

Not all pupils demonstrate their skills best as competitive performers, the aim is to ensure that our curriculum is broad enough to give everyone the opportunity to enjoy PE and show what they can do.  In Y10 & 11 we feel that pupils should have an opportunity choose subject areas that suit their preferences and needs.

Academic Sport

Year 10 & 11

BTEC First Award In Sport

The Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award:

This is a level 2 qualification and is graded Unclassified, Level 1, Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction*.

It is a 120 guided-learning-hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE).

It has core units and optional units.

It has external assessment which makes up 25 per cent of the qualification. This is done via an online exam. Edexcel sets and marks these assessments. Remaining Units are assessed internally and are moderated by EDEXCEL.


Encourage personal development through practical participation and performance in a range of sports and exercise activities.

Give learners a wider understanding and appreciation of health-related fitness, sports and exercise through selection of optional specialist units.

Give full-time learners the opportunity to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to other vocational qualifications such as the Edexcel BTEC Level 3 Nationals in Sport and Sport and Exercise Sciences or on to GCE AS or A level.

Types of units within the qualification:

The BTEC First qualifications have core and optional units. Learners must complete both core (mandatory) units, plus two further units for a total of 120 GLH.

Units Delivered:

Unit Core

1. Health and Fitness for Sport and Exercise

2. Practical Sports Performance

Unit Optional

3. The Mind and Sports Performance

4. The Sports Performer in Action

5. Training for Personal Fitness

6. Leading Sports Activities

Academic Sport

Year 12 & 13

BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

Qualification:  BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate in Sport

Duration:  2 years

Level:  3

What is the BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport?

A BTEC Subsidiary Diploma is a 2-year vocational course that would normally be studied alongside a range of traditional A level programmes or BTEC programmes. The National Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A Level, and carries a maximum of 56 UCAS points.  On the course you will study four units over two years covering a range of topics.  These will be:

Year 1:

* Anatomy and Physiology in Sport Level:

* Professional Development in the Sport Industry

Year 2:

* Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being

* Application of Fitness Testing

Is BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport suitable for me?

The award is suitable for students who enjoy sport but do not want to specialise totally in one area.  You will need to have an enthusiasm for sport, both theoretically and practically, and an interest in the broader aspects of sport and leisure.

Equivalent to one A Level, this qualification is vocationally based with a combination of practical activities underpinned with theoretical study. This enhances the quality of learning, giving you a good mix of learning environments and real life learning experiences.

How will I be assessed?

The Course is 50% externally assessed and 50% coursework.  There will be a written exam at the end of Year 1 for Anatomy and Physiology and in January of Year 2 for Fitness Training and Programming.  the other two units will be assessed via assignments.  Assignments will be based on realistic workplace situations.  you will be taught by specialised teachers in classrooms with access to the Gymnasium and external facilities.  Assignments are submitted for marking on a regular basis throughout the course.  They are assessed internally by your teachers and then moderated by the board.  Work is graded and written feedback provided enabling students to gauge how well they are doing on the course.  Feedback will help you to see the strengths of  your work, as well as allowing you to reflect on areas which can be developed further.

Your work will be graded pass, merit or distinction.

Where could it lead?

BTEC National Extended Certificates are valued by employers and higher education (universities and colleges).  If you want to get a job straight away you could work in:

Sports Centres, Leisure Centres, Outdoor Activities Centres, Sports Coaching, Sport Development.

If you decide to go to university or college you could take a degree or a BTEC Higher National in subjects such as:

Sports Studies, Sports Science, Leisure Management, Recreation Management, Teacher Training.