In Physical Education (PE) we contribute to the overall education of all students by helping them to lead full and valuable lives through engaging in purposeful and high-quality activity. We aim to promote active and healthy lifestyles, physical skills, physical development and knowledge of the body in action, whilst at the same time ensure that learning is challenging and engaging. PE enables students to learn confidence, perseverance, team spirit, positive competitiveness and organisation. Students engage in a varied programme of PE that encourages fitness, improves their musculoskeletal and cardio-respiratory systems as well as teaching them the rules of games. PE is an integral part of the Academy and provides opportunities for all students to gain a sense of achievement and develop positive attitudes towards themselves and others.
Across all year groups, PE seeks to promote active and healthy lifestyles to all students. We develop traits in our students: to be physically active, adopt the best possible posture and appropriate use of the body, engage in activities that develop cardiovascular health, flexibility, muscular strength and endurance and understand the need for personal hygiene in relation to vigorous physical activity. In order to develop positive attitudes all students should: follow the conventions of fair play and honest competition, cope with success and limitations in their performance, persevere with and consolidate their performances, and be mindful of others in their environment. Students will strive for excellence in sport and we endeavour to develop the already strong athlete’s should they attend Park Academy.
Key Stage 3
Throughout Key Stage 3 students experience an extensive range of inclusive and accessible activities ranging from invasion and team games, Dance, Gymnastics, Health Related Fitness and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities (OAA). The curriculum is planned to be progressive and allow students to revisit learning through a layered approach. It aims to boost confidence in students when participating in sports and physical activity, inspire enjoyment in exercise and to gradually build up their subject knowledge in various sports. In addition, our aim is to encourage students to continue with regular activity in their home lives or to join one of the Academy’s many extra-curricular clubs.
Key Stage 4
All students will continue their PE journey into Key Stage 4 where they are given the opportunity to consolidate the range of physical and mental skills learnt from Key Stage 3 and further develop their leadership to demonstrate their knowledge to others. We promote independence in students allowing each student to choose the activity they follow for each half term from a range of options supplied by the teachers in charge of those classes. These “options” are activities that could follow the rules and regulations of specific sports such as football and handball, to more lesson/coaching based activities such as basketball and tennis, alongside more recreational activities such as badminton and dance. At Park Academy West London, we provide additional opportunities for pupils to pursue options in BTEC TECH Award in Sport Level 2 and Level 3
BTEC Courses in Key Stage 4
BTEC TECH Award Level 1/ 2 In Sport
Component 1 – Preparing Participants to Take part In Sport and Physical Activity
Component 2 – Taking Part and Improving Other Participants Sporting Performance
Component 3 – Developing Fitness to Improve Other Participants Performance in Sport and Physical Activity
Our extra-curricular timetable allows students to participate in a range of activities that provides further opportunities for students to adopt healthy and active lifestyles, and develop their level of skilled performance. With support from local clubs in the area, we have been able to expand our range of activities, for example Hillingdon Abbots providing high quality rugby coaching. Extra-curricular activities are also supported by our BTEC Sport students, demonstrating their accumulated knowledge to develop the younger students. As part of the extra-curricular activities, students are given the opportunity to compete in sport teams, taking part in regular competitions against other schools in the borough and additional competitions around London, including Junior NBA, which is a nationwide competition. In addition, we aim to inspire our students, arranging numerous external excursions throughout the year to some major sporting events and venues, including a trip to The O2 to watch the British Basketball Finals.