The PE department is made up of four permanent members of staff alongside a cover teacher and a sports technician. The department is well resourced with two gymnasiums with one containing a state of the art traverse climbing wall recently installed in June 2015. In addition students have further access to a cutting edge fully equipped Dance Studio. Alongside the indoor spaces your child will have access to a sports field which contains two football pitches one 9 v 9 and one 11 v 11, an athletics track and two rounder’s pitches. In addition to the field the department has three hard court all weather outdoor facilities which include five outdoor basketball courts, three netball courts, and two tennis courts.
Within each gymnasium there is access to ICT equipment which is used to enhance the learning of our students through analysing performances within lessons. An extensive range of equipment is used to teach a variety of activities.
Key Stage 3
Our students are set on entry and this setting is reviewed regularly. We assess and track the progress of our students and provide individual learning strategies to allow them to achieve their targets. In year 7 and 8 they take on different roles in sport including coaching, analysing performances and developing physical and mental skills for use in competition or performance. Your child will take part in a broad but balanced curriculum which will prepare them for life and exercise outside of school.
Key Stage 4
In year 9 our students have two - three hours per week of PE and follow one of three different pathways; the GCSE PE practical component, Meols Cop Sports Leaders or Meols Cop Dance Leaders. The GCSE element to the course in year 9 aims to give the students a greater breath of sports study in preparation for the full GCSE course beginning in year 10. The students follow practical GCSE assessment criteria which allows your child to gain a deeper understanding of the requirements and expectations of the GCSE course.
The Sports and Dance Leader courses aim to improve practical skill level alongside the student’s leadership abilities and to train them to lead and teach others. Our year 9 Sports and Dance leaders often are involved in projects outside of school working with primary schools creating dances for festivals or running primary school sports days.
In years 10 and 11, students continue their qualifications in Core PE lessons (one hour a week). Once students have completed the exam course they continue with core Physical Education lessons, which provide opportunities to include physical activity in their weekly routine. In addition to this, students can opt to study Edexcel GCSE Physical Education or AQA GCSE Dance (see options page for more detailed information.)
Physical Education provides many enrichment activities. Students can participate in a variety of lunchtime and after school sports clubs, leading to public performances or local and national competitions. The sports clubs change each half term and are advertised in the weekly bulletin. Students use and develop their leadership skills by working with primary students, coaching, attending festivals, hosting inter-primary school competitions, and sports days. Links with local sports clubs and facilities are explored in PE enrichment lessons and students looking for further challenges in their chosen sport are supported with introductions to help them extend their level of participation in sport.
Congratulations - Kai Finch won gold and achieved a PB of 1.75m in the high jump at Bebbington Oval - Congratulations Niamh Edmunds selected to represent Merseyside Girls for 800m - Congratulations - Year 9 Girls football team crowned champions