At Crompton House School, we recognise the importance of Physical Education and the role it has to play in promoting long term, healthy lifestyles and lifelong participation in physical activity. The intent of our Physical Education curriculum is to provide all children with high quality Physical Education and sport provision. It is our vision for every pupil to succeed and achieve their potential as well as to lead physically active lifestyles. We strive to inspire our pupils through fun and engaging Physical Education lessons that are enjoyable, challenging and accessible to all. We want our pupils to appreciate the benefits of a healthy and physically active lifestyle. Through our teaching of PE, we will provide opportunities for pupils to develop values and transferrable life skills such as fairness and respect. We also aim for our students to strive to achieve excellence within lessons. The 3 pillars of progression (motor competence; rules, strategies and tactics; and healthy participation) provide a useful basis to navigate the national curriculum aims. The 3 pillars are outlined below;
- motor competence – knowledge of the range of movements that become increasingly sport- and physical activity-specific
- rules, strategies and tactics – knowledge of the conventions of participation in different sports and physical activities
- healthy participation – knowledge of safe and effective participation
The extra-curricular offer is available for all pupils. It provides opportunities to build, develop and refine knowledge and in this way benefits from a symbiotic relationship with the curriculum subject PE.
The secondary curriculum follows the programmes and breadths of studies of the National Curriculum and is a follow on from Key Stage 2. Schemes of work are progressive and allow pupils to develop skills within various sports. In line with the new report from the government sports are now done with far more depth and less breadth. This means we teach 8 core activities throughout the year at KS3 and ensure that students can understand this with significant depth in terms of the three pillars that have been specified above. We have ensured the range of activities covered allows students to experience differing areas of physical activity such as; football, rugby, cross country, fitness, athletics, striking and field activities, table tennis and handball. Whilst offering the activities in depth to allow a board understanding we also offer a broad range of additional activities extra-curricular, to ensure students are still able to access a breadth of opportunities to develop their Physical Education. We still offer core PE for two hours a fortnight at KS4 to all students, three hours a fortnight at Year 9 KS3 four hours a fortnight at KS3 Yr 7 and 8. We offer our KS4 students two courses where they can develop their knowledge in PE. GCSE PE and Sport Studies are offered to students which will improve their knowledge and offer them opportunities to study higher educational courses such as A level PE. At KS5 we offer A level PE to students to develop their knowledge and move on to HE courses at university.
The department’s consistently high GCSE and A level results support the impact that PE has on pupils at Crompton House. This begins in Year 7 with all pupils being taught at all times by highly qualified and specialist PE staff and is assisted by the curriculum provision at both KS3 and KS4. GCSE results have been consistently good. We also have outstanding A level results and have consistently had high ALPS scores over the last 5 years which show the value we add to student progress. This is further supported by the large number of pupils involved in the PE department’s extra-curricular provision with over half the pupils at the school involved in School Sport at some level. The department enter a broad and varied list of sporting competition at District, County and National level with the school experiencing regular success. The range of activities offered goes beyond that of the local district to support the breadth of talented performers at the school. PE is highly inclusive at Crompton House and impact can also be further measured in feedback from pupil voice interviews on PE which supports that pupil value and enjoy Physical Education lessons at Crompton House. Pupil are consistently taught the skills and knowledge to enjoy and succeed in Physical Education and this can be consistently seen in the delivery of all lessons throughout the department. The impact of both the PE curriculum and its extra-curricular provision at Crompton House engenders high engagement in all lessons, develops significant progress across the Key Stages and enthuses high participation levels through the schools rich diet of extra-curricular provision, with staff outside of the department becoming increasingly eager to contribute. All of this ensures that we have done all in our power to ensure that pupils have a lifelong involvement in Physical activity to lead a Healthy, active lifestyle post 16.