Staffing: Mr P Connolly (Head of Department), Mr J MacMahon, Miss H Hulme and Mrs C Hilton
Structure of the Curriculum
Year 7 and 8 pupils have 4 hours of Core PE lessons a fortnight. Year 9, 10 & 11 pupils have 2 hours of Core PE lessons a fortnight.
Year 9 and 10 GCSE PE pupils have an extra 4 hours of GCSE PE per fortnight and Year 11 GCSE PE pupils have an extra 5 hours of GCSE PE per fortnight.
At the start of Year 7 and Year 8 pupils complete a series of baseline testing and the results from these are used in conjunction with appropriate assessment data to set pupils into appropriate PE groups.
The department offer a broad and balanced curriculum in line with National Curriculum expectations. In Year 7 and 8 Core PE pupils are taught a range of different PE activities over 5 week blocks from games, fitness, athletic activities, aesthetic activities and outdoor/adventurous pursuits. These activities are also combined with competition throughout the academic year. In Years 9, 10 and 11 in Core PE pupils select what PE activities they do as part of a healthy, balanced and active lifestyle. The PE activities are changed are on a half termly basis for Years 9, 10 and 11 and students can choose what activity they do. The focus of the PE curriculum for Years 9, 10 and 11 is healthy, balanced and active lifestyles.
Pupils who have chosen GCSE PE as part of their options choices follow the new AQA GCSE PE specification (Code: 8582). Pupils will cover a range of theory topics and theory marks are worth 60% of the qualification. Pupils complete an analysis and evaluation task worth 10% of the qualification. The final 30% of the qualification is based on 3 x practical marks each worth 10%. 1 practical mark is from an individual sport, 1 practical mark is from a team sport and the final practical mark is from each an individual or team sport. The practical activities have to be from the approved ‘Department for Education’ physical activity GCSE PE list.
Extra Curricular Activities
As a department we run clubs and teams in a variety of extra-curricular sports and physical activities including; football, basketball, netball, rugby union, table tennis, dance, hockey, boxercise, trampolining, cross-country, fitness, badminton, dodgeball, athletics, cricket, softball and rounders. The department also organises inter-form activities and run some ‘A’ team and ‘B’ team fixtures, competitions and events that are inclusive to all. The department offers PE breakfast clubs, lunch time PE clubs and after school PE clubs that are open to all pupils along with regular fixtures. We take an active role in the Bury Secondary School Sports Partnership. We have strong links with local sports clubs and sports organisations.
The department offers leadership opportunities throughout the academic year for different year groups. Gifted and talented sessions for different sports and physical activities take place throughout the academic year. PE inclusion sessions and clubs also take place throughout the academic year. We aim to provide ‘Sport and Physical Activity for All’ at Bury Church of England High School.
View our current extra-curricular timetable here.