Shaftesbury School PE department has been awarded a Quality mark with distinction by the Association for PE, in recognition of the school’s outstanding quality of Physical Education and Sport.
The Quality mark was introduced in late 2012 by the Association, after Ofsted inspections in specific subject areas ceased, to recognise innovation. On achieving the higher level of award, the school can use the Quality Mark for 3 years and be signposted to other schools as a model of good practice in Physical Education and Sport.
PE also emerged as a strength for the school during the latest Ofsted report, in 2013, and was graded outstanding.
Key Stage 3
Throughout Key Stage 3, pupils will participate in a variety of activities designed to suit every student’s individual need. During the Key Stage, students will participate in 2 hours of High Quality Physical Education every week. This will be supplemented by Active Lunchtimes and Extra-Curricular clubs. Activities on offer for Key Stage 3 include athletics, badminton, basketball, rock-climbing, cricket, dance, football, gymnastics, hockey, netball, orienteering, caving, health and fitness, rounders, rugby, tennis, trampolining and volleyball.
Key Stage 4
The new GCSE PE specification which launched in September 2016 blends practical sport with academic rigour. Students study a range of engaging topics focused on health and performance, fitness and body systems and analysis of fitness data. The course is assessed through practical performance in three sports, a coursework project and two separate written examinations.
The new BTEC Sport is an exciting and engaging course that has been popular since its introduction in 2013. The course is structured to cover four units of which three are course work projects and one is a final theory exam. Students spend 50% of the course engaged in practical activities which relate to the theory content. The four units covered are; Practical sports performance, Fitness for Sport, The Mind of the Sports Performer and The Body in Sport.
Students produce teacher marked projects that are graded to Pass (C grade), Merit (B grade) or Distinction (A grade).
This course provides a perfect balance of physiology and psychology and does not assess students in their practical performances.
Pathways PE is a non-examined option. Students opting for the Pathways course will be able to enjoy sport and fitness with a focus on the social benefits of participation. Students select an option for each semester. There are 3 x 15 week semesters which students opt for and graduate from once complete. This is an ideal choice for students who wish to stay involved with sport but do not wish to complete a GCSE in the subject