Physical Education

Our purpose is to offer a high quality physical education that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel through competitive sport and physical activity. Alongside this we look to develop students knowledge and understanding of health and fitness and the importance of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. PE plays a large part in developing the schools core values of community, honesty, respect, resilience, acceptance, trust, responsibility and aspiration.

Physical education and school sport play a huge role in the life and culture of The Park Community School dating back to the original Grammar School years. We have an enviable array of well maintained pitches and sports facilities including a full size, floodlit artificial pitch, a floodlit netball/tennis complex comprising of six courts and a gymnasium, sports hall and weights room.

Our PE curriculum sets out to achieve the aims outlined in the National Curriculum to ensure that all pupils;

  • develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
  • are physically active for sustained periods of time
  • engage in competitive sports and activities
  • lead healthy, active lifestyles

Current curriculum activities offered to students at Key Stage 3;

Football, Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Dance, Badminton, Fitness, Basketball, Problem solving, Orienteering, Gymnastics, Short tennis, Table Tennis, Athletics, Softball, Rounders, Tennis and Cricket*

Current curriculum activities offered to students at Key Stage 4;

Football, Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Fitness, Handball, Dodgeball, Badminton, Dance/Pilates, Alternative games, Power walking, North Devon Leisure Centre fitness suite, Athletics, Rounders, Volleyball, Softball, Tennis, Table Tennis, Cricket*

* Activities are selected and adapted to ensure that they are best suited to individual groups.

Further opportunities to enjoy PE/School Sport

  • Inter-house competitions across all year groups in Football, Rugby, Hockey, Netball, Softball, Rounders, Athletics, Cross Country, Badminton, Indoor Football
  • After school/lunch time clubs and practices
  • Representative sports teams
  • In year 9 - students have the opportunity to take part in an additional option group PE/Dance programme. This is an extra hour of PE/Dance a week which is designed as a stepping stone into KS4 BTec/GCSE courses.

Examination PE

  • BTec level 2 first award in sport - students are required to sit a written exam alongside completing internally and externally assessed written assignments. The course is practical based without students being directly assessed on their practical ability in individual sports.
  • AQA GCSE PE - students sit two written examination papers (worth 60%) and are assessed practically across three sports and on their ability to perform an observation and analysis (40%).
  • AQA Dance - Students are assessed for their performance (both as a solos and duet/trio) (30%), choreography (30%) and written exam (40%).