At The Duston School we value the power of knowledge. Through the study of a wide range of sports, physical activities and fitness training, our goal is to equip students with the knowledge and skills that allow them to fulfil their potential on the sports field, whilst preparing them for further study and career options in this subject area. Further to this, we believe that high quality physical education can play a key role in developing an individual’s character, providing rich opportunities for personal and social development. We strive to inspire students to participate regularly and raise their awareness of the importance of physical activity and sport as part of a healthy active lifestyle.
All students will receive core PE lessons and will follow a broad and balanced programme of study, covering the domains of team games, individual games, athletic activities, creative performances, outdoor and adventurous activities and sports and exercise science. The programme of study is designed to meet the national curriculum aims in PE and prepare students for the study of PE in key stage 4 and 5.
Sixth form students will also receive PE lessons. Students will be given activity options on a termly basis. Core PE in sixth form is focused on recreation and enjoyment, giving balance to student’s weekly timetable and encouraging the maintenance of a healthy active lifestyle.
Core PE assessment
Students will not undertake public examinations or assessment as part of their core PE. Students who wish to follow examination PE/sport in KS4 and/or KS5 will do so through their subject options choices. However, informal and internal assessment will take place in core PE and will be reported to parents on an annual basis. We believe that ongoing assessment is an essential element of high quality teaching and learning. It sets clear goals for students and teachers to strive towards and enables us to track students’ progress effectively. Students will receive a numerical grade for their competence and performance in each unit of work. They will also be assessed against a set of personal, social and health targets in each year group.
All students in key stage 3 and 4 are required to wear the appropriate Duston School PE kit. The uniform PE kit required includes:
- Blue school PE t-shirt
- Blue school PE Rugby top(Boys)
- Black school Tracksuit top (Girls)
- Black school PE shorts
- Black school tracksuit bottoms or plain black leggings (Girls)
- Blue school PE Football socks
- White sports socks
- Non-marking trainers
Students will also require further kit dependent on activities:
- Football boots (Football/Rugby)
- Shin pads (Football)
- Gum shield (advisable for Rugby and Hockey)
Students in key stage 5 are not required to wear uniform PE kit, but must wear appropriate sportswear to take part in their core PE lessons.
Injury or illness
If your son/daughter is injured or unwell, please communicate this to their PE teacher by email or written note. Where possible the PE teacher will then adapt the lesson for your child so that they can still take part through coaching, umpiring or observational roles. So that they are dressed appropriately for the environment and taking on alternative roles, students are still expected to bring their PE kit even if they are unable to participate fully due to injury or illness.
Students who choose to study PE/Sport as a GCSE option will complete the BTEC First Award in Sport. Students will have three lessons per week in year 10 and two lessons per week in year 11: a combination of theory and practical lessons.
The course will be assessed through written coursework assignments, practical video evidence and one externally assessed exam.
Students will be expected to complete the following four units over the two years: Year 10: Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise (online exam) and Unit 2: Practical Performance in Sport (Practical evidence and written coursework)
Year 11: Unit 3: Applying the Principles of Personal Training (Synoptic unit – written coursework) and Unit 5: The Sports Performer in Action (written coursework)
Students who choose to continue their studies into Post 16 will complete the BTEC Extended Certificate in Sport (1 A-Level Equivalent).
Students will study:
Year 12: Unit 1: Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport (written exam) and Unit 3: Professional Development in the Sports Industry (internal coursework).
Year 13: Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (written exam based on case study) and one further optional unit.
Learners will produce a portfolio of work to demonstrate their knowledge, understanding and skills for each assessed unit. The course will be assessed through written coursework assignments and two external assessments (including a written and an externally set task based on a case study). Learners will need to demonstrate a high level of independence and organisation to ensure assignment deadlines are met.
The study of physical education and sport provides a stepping-stone towards a number of further education courses, apprenticeships and career opportunities. These include:
- Teaching/Lecturing – Primary and Secondary PE/Sport and Further Education Lecturing
- Sports Science/Elite Sport – Professional Sports Athlete, Sports Analyst, Sports Scientist, Physiotherapist, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Sport Nutritionist, Sport Psychologist.
- Media and Business – Sports Journalist, Sports Photographer, Presenting & Commentary, Statistical Analysis, Agent, Marketing, Lawyer.
- Coaching – Sports Instructor, Sports Coach.
- Leisure – Lifeguard, Swimming Instructor, Team Leader.
- Fitness – Gym Instructor, Personal Trainer, Facilities Manager.
- Events/Planning and Hospitality.
- Officiating – Refereeing/Umpiring.
- National Governing Bodies – Sports Development Manager.