The North School PE department is a progressive and innovative department, and we are keen to share our passion for physical activity with the students across the school. The school boasts some fantastic facilities, including a climbing wall and a fitness room, and we also are home to The North School Lions Basketball Academy. The school prides itself on involving the students in a wide range of sporting opportunities, and we have had students represent their town, county and region in a variety of sporting areas.
We use our curriculum time at Key Stage three to inspire students to find a range of activities that they relish taking part in, in order encourage them to participate in lifelong activities for enjoyment. Students cover a myriad of different activities including invasion, net wall and striking and fielding games; athletics, gymnastics, fitness and problem solving.
At Key stage four, we believe in developing the student as a whole, both academically and physically. Students have the opportunity to take either Edexcel GCSE or Cambridge National courses where they get the chance to learn about the theoretical aspects which underpin Physical Education, as well as the practical elements of a variety of activities.
At Key Stage 5 we offer the BTEC national, both the Extended Certificate as well as the diploma. The uptake of both of these courses is particularly high, and a high percentage of previous students have gone on to study sport, or other courses at University. The courses are mainly theoretical elements, covering psychology, business within sport and anatomy and physiology, however, elements such as coaching, leading and practical sport, allow the students to be practically involved as well.
The school has fantastic facilities for Physical Education and Sport. It currently boasts an all weather pitch, extensive fields, outdoor basketball courts, a climbing wall, an indoor gym and sportshall, as well as a fitness room.
There are many opportunities for students to gain a vast array of opportunities through extra-curricular activities at The North School with clubs and fixtures. These activities change each term, depending on the up and coming fixtures to help prepare students to take up a new hobby. Trampolining, archery, football, basketball, athletics and climbing are some examples of the types of activities that students are able to explore. The school also has a thriving Basketball Academy which allows students to compete a high level.
Higher Education Links
Many of our students choose to progress into Higher education, often through the university pathway. Our PE department come from a range of backgrounds, training through GTP’s, PGCE’s and Honours degrees from a variety of Universities.
Taking Physical Education at Key Stage 4 and 5 is a great starting point for students to move into a range of careers. Often Physical Education is associated with coaching or leadership roles as well as areas such as physiology of fitness, physiotherapy and nutrition.