PE at The Buckingham School forms an integral part of each student’s total education. Throughout the school, each student has two lesson of timetabled PE every week and ample opportunity to extend their skills into the out-of-hours learning curriculum.
The PE Department enjoys a growing reputation for high standards both within the Local Community and the County. Vital to the development of standards are links with other schools and associations. Our main intentions in Years 7, 8 and 9 are to provide essential performance skills in a wide range of activities, to fulfil National Curriculum requirements and offer a balance between team and individual activities to ensure good student progress and motivated students.
While we are committed to the development of positive attitudes and subject specific knowledge, the bulk of our teaching takes place in the practical context. In Years 7, 8 and 9, students will experience a broad range of activities from the four national curriculum areas.
The PE Department curriculum uses a models based approach to students learning with year seven students learning through cooperative learning, year eights Sports Education and year nine TGFU. This allows our pupils to develop cognitive and social skills that will support their learning across the whole school.
Outwitting opponents: Basketball, Hockey, Netball/Rugby, Badminton, Football/Lacrosse, Cricket/Rounders, Rocket ball, Tchoukball, Ultimate Frisbee.
Maximum Performance: Swimming and Athletics
Accurate Replication: Gymnastics, Trampolining & Dance
Safe and Effective Exercise: Fitness testing and training methods.
Key Stage 4 (GCSE)
GCSE PE is offered as part of the school’s options system. The AQA Spec A PE and Games syllabuses are offered. This is a very popular option which has grown in number over the last few years with 40% of the students in Year 10 and 11 choosing the PE option. Results have improved to 91% A* - C with 27% A* - A. We hope to increase the number of students taking GCSE PE further.
Sports Leadership is another option that can be accessed by our Year 9 students. This begins with students completing a Level 1 Junior Sports Leaders Award, which is a nationally recognised leadership certification. When this has been completed in the first year students then commence a level 2 Btec Award in Sport. This is a GCSE equivalent that contains Practical, Coursework and Examination elements. Students Study four units; Practical Sport, Sports Leadership, Fitness and Training for Sport and The sports performer in action.