Physical Education is one of the most powerful mass movers in changing and improving the lives of young people. The PE Faculty works to deliver the government's strategy for school sport, with its strong emphasis on extending competition opportunities for all students. The PE Faculty continues to deliver elements of the PE and Sport Strategy for Young People (PESSYP), designed to improve the quantity and quality of PE and sport undertaken by young people, to ensure that students at Mountbatten School have access to two hours of high quality PE and extended opportunity beyond the curriculum.
The primary objective of the PE Faculty is to enable students to enjoy their learning in PE & Sport, so that they might continue to value participation in sport as part of a ‘healthy active lifestyle'.
Key Stage 3
Throughout Key Stage 3, students participate in 6 areas of study, in which they learn ‘in and through' participation in PE & Sport.
These 6 areas of physical learning are:
- outwitting opponents,
- maximising performance,
- exploring & communicating,
- understanding and solving problems,
- exercising safely and effectively,
- replicating accurately.
These areas involve students in active learning through a wide range of sports and physical activity. They participate in a range of team and individual sports, gymnastic and dance activities, activities which require them to maximise their performance, like athletics, and in a range of problem solving and challenge activities, including fielding and catching games.
‘Teaching & Learning' in Physical Education at The Mountbatten School is enhanced through the use of the ‘yoUR LEADERS' learning model. ‘yoUR LEADERS' is a student-centred curriculum model, based on Sport Education principles, within which students learn to plan, manage and run their own sports ‘season', and participate as part of a team. This is achieved by creating a student-centred learning environment where the teacher's role gradually becomes one of a facilitator rather than a director of activity, supporting students in taking on roles such as coach, leader, official, administrator and manager as well as performer. yoUR LEADERS supports the three aims of the secondary curriculum. In addition, it has the potential to develop personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS).
Students are required to wear the schools' PE uniform at all times when they are learning in PE.
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 (Years 10 & 11), students participate in PE by selecting from a series of sports pathways, or free standing activities. Some of these activities take place off-site at local community sports facilities. Students, through their participation, are encouraged to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of their chosen sports and enhance their performance levels.
In addition to their core PE programme (above), students may opt to follow an accredited examination course in physical education. The PE Faculty provides a wide portfolio of Level 2 examination courses, including GCSE PE, BTEC Diplomas, and National Governing Body Awards at Level 1, to cater for the learning needs of students who have an aptitude and enthusiasm to further develop their learning in physical education. The PE Faculty achieves well above the national average in these examinations.
GCSE PE has a practical component worth 60% of the overall examination grade. An example of some of the practical activities pupils follow are listed below:
The practical part of the course also involves analysis of performance where students learn how to identify both personal and peer strengths and weakness, in order to plan for improvement.
40% of the overall grade is a theory exam. Students will follow modules in Health and fitness, Principles of Training, Factors affecting individual performance and Social and cultural issues related to sport. This course is offered at Double (= 2 GCSE's), Single (= 1 GCSE) or Short course level.
The BTEC First Diploma in Sport is a vocational-based course, designed for those students wishing to enter the Sport & Leisure Industry. Over the course of two years students will complete six units incorporating both practical and theoretical elements:
- Fitness, Training and Testing
- Practical Sport
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Injury in Sport
- Planning and Leading Sports Activities
- Technical Skills and Tactical Awareness for Sport
The students will be assessed on tasks and assignments set for each unit. All units are graded pass, merit or distinction and are assessed both internally and externally. There is no final exam. In addition students will be given the opportunity to gain additional qualifications such as the Sports Leaders Level 1 Award, Junior Football Organisers Award and Young Netball Organisers Award. This is offered as a quadruple award (equivalent to 4 GCSE grades), a double award (extended certificate) or a single award (certificate).
Facilities and Resources
The sports facilities include a floodlit multi-use hard court area, two floodlit designated tennis courts, a gymnasium, a hall, a small fitness suite, a sports hall, extensive playing fields and access to the Lantern Theatre, which has a fully sprung floor for dance.
Trips and Extra-Curricular Activities
The PE Faculty organises a series of residential foreign learning courses: Alpine Ski Courses, a Mediterranean Water Activities Course, and other sports specific courses – Football course to Spain.
The Faculty also organises trips within the UK to major national sporting events, including Wimbledon.
An extensive programme of extra-curricular activities is maintained as part of the schools’ enrichment programme. These activities take place before school, during the lunch break and after school. Students are enabled to participate in ‘open access’ activities and as a member of a representative team to participate in local, county and national sports competitions.
The PE Faculty is proud of the extensive programme of activities that are maintained for students.
Mr G Taylor
Director of Studies (Head of Year 9)
Mr J Neale
Acting Head of PE
Miss J Hayes
PE Teacher (Head of Year 7)
Mrs H Mills
Miss C Mitchell
Mr T Robinson
PE Teacher (Assistant Head of Year 11)
Miss H Shirley
Mr K Dowell