Mr L Billyeald Head of Department
Mr J Abbott Teacher of Physical Education/G&T Coordinator
Miss D Sloyan Teacher of Physical Education/Director of ITT
Miss L Seager Teacher of Physical Education/Acting Head of Girls PE
Mr D Cremin Teacher of Physical Education
Mr D Cotterill Trainee PE Teacher
Miss N Green PE Apprentice
The PE Department currently consists of 5 full time staff of which some have wider responsibilities around the school. We also have 1 trainee PE teacher following the School Direct training route and 1 apprentice. Alongside the team, our outstanding facilities allow us to drive standards in PE allowing students to be the best they can be.
Our main aims are:
The PE Department pride themselves on the effort and commitment of the staff, and before school, during break, lunchtimes and after school, the department runs various different sports clubs, revision sessions and BTEC help sessions. All students are welcome to attend the different extra-curricular clubs, and through these sports teams are selected. We also offer an extra-curricular loyalty card reward scheme where students can win prizes at the end of each half term.
400m Running Track
2x Football Pitches
1x Rugby Pitch
4x Tennis Courts
AstroTurf Cricket Wicket
Boys: Indoor – WA white shorts, WA white polo top and WA white socks. Outdoor – WA black shorts, WA white polo top, WA black socks, WA rugby top and football/rugby boots.
Girls: WA black shorts, WA white polo top and WA white socks.
All pupils are expected to wear the full WA PE kit. If injured or excused the pupils must bring a note and are still expected to wear the PE kit and will assist in the lesson in a less active role.
In years 7, 8 and 9, students receive 2x double periods (50 minutes each) of PE per week. Both lessons work on a flexible system rotating every half term to allow students to experience a wide range of activities. The advantage of this also is that all students are engaged irrespective of their sporting preferences. All lessons in year 7 and 8 are set to ability, with the top two groups being the same gender and the bottom group being a mixed group. In year 9, it is slightly different in that all groups are the same gender but are set the same. The activities on offer at Whitley include: football, rugby, netball, basketball, badminton, dance, gymnastics, rounders, cricket and athletics. Other innovative activities, for example, orienteering, handball and trampolining, are also on offer for KS3 students. Students are taught the key skills and competencies through these activities.
In years 10 and 11, students receive 1x double period (50 minutes) of PE per week. Again, each lesson is rotated every half term to allow students to experience a wide range of activities. All lessons in KS4 are the same gender and each year group is split according to their tutor group. Students extend the skills they have learnt in KS3 and are encouraged to continue outside of school. A particular module KS4 students visit is Fitness where they experience activities such as Zumba, Boxercise and Boot Camp. Year 11’s have the opportunity to visit the local gym also, working on the cardio machines and partaking in various gym classes. Those students that have demonstrated an interest in coaching and leading have the opportunity to gain the Sports Leadership qualification.
At KS4, students can choose to study BTEC Sport. When students elect to complete the BTEC they are entered into the level 2 award. This allows the students to achieve the equivalent of 1x GCSE grade. Pupils receive 4 lessons per week and get a mix of practical and theory lessons. Students must complete 2 compulsory units and 2 other units: these are Unit 1: Fitness for Sport and Exercise, Unit 2: Practical Sports Performance, Unit 4: The Sports Performer in Action and Unit 6: Leading Sports Activities. Unit 1 is an examination completed on the computer which is set by Edexcel and marked by them. All of the other work is coursework based.
For those students who have completed BTEC at level 2, students are able to continue with study in this field by taking the level 3 BTEC which consists of 8 mandatory units. All units are internally assessed; each unit has specified assessment and grading criteria in order for a summative unit grade to be awarded at pass, merit or distinction. Examples of units include: Unit 1 – Anatomy and Physiology, Unit 3: Assessing Risk in Sport, Unit 9 – Practical Team Sports and Unit 11 – Sports Nutrition. A qualification of this type can help students’ entry into university and can also help students apply and gain work in many different areas. These include sports leisure centers, coaching, physiotherapy, sports development work and personal trainers.