Head of Department: Mr A Buhagiar BSc (Portsmouth)
Within Physical Education lessons pupils have access to first-class facilities and dynamic and experienced teaching staff. The Department offers an exciting PE syllabus, covering a wide range of activities designed to help develop pupils' motor skills, their understanding of strategies and tactics and the physical, psychological and social benefits that they can gain from participating in physical activity.
PE is delivered to the Third Form (Year 7), Lower Fourth (Year 8) and Middle Fourth (Year 9) throughout the year and encompasses activities such as athletics, core motor skills, fit for life, gymnastics, swimming and a variety of net and team games. Skills and physical characteristics that are learnt and developed within these activities are used to prepare pupils for the rigours of participation in the extensive competitive games programme that runs at the College. Upper Fourth (Year 10) and Fifth Form (Year 11) receive a 10-week block of PE entitled Fit4Life, as part of our Religious Education / Physical Education / Personal and Social Development rotation.
As a department our aims are to:
- encourage enjoyment through physical activity;
- provide experiences that inspire pupils to want to increase their participation;
- produce informed young men and women who understand the physical, psychological and social benefits of participating in regular physical activity;
- develop pupils' moral, social and cultural awareness through engagement in teamwork, cooperation, communication, leadership, sportsmanship, fair play and through a tolerance of others' strengths and weaknesses;
- promote safe practice and encourage all students to consider safety issues in PE and sport.
Examined Physical Education
Epsom College follows the OCR Examination Board's Physical Education syllabus at GCSE and A Level. The A-level course was launched at the College in the late 1990s and at GCSE level in 2009. Examination results within the department have been excellent and pupil value-added scores are consistently amongst the highest in the College.
To study Academic PE it is important that candidates are interested in the world of sport and that they enjoy the process of applying theory to practical examples within the physical activity setting. At both GCSE and A Level, pupils achieve a proportion of their marks through demonstrating their ability to perform effectively in the practical setting. Regular participation in physical activity is therefore vital for success in this aspect of the course.
Physical Education is a challenging but very rewarding subject to study. The wide range of topics studied in the theory aspect of the course makes it interesting for a broad range of pupils. The practical aspect allows pupils the opportunity to apply the knowledge from these topics to develop their overall performance level. The knowledge and skills learnt in the subject will support pupils in their applications to a wide variety of degree courses.
Career opportunities related to physical education and sport continue to increase at a pace, both in their number and breadth. From roles in sports marketing and management to sports science support within clubs, elite coaching and teaching, the opportunities are endless.
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During the Physical Education programme in the Third Form, Lower Fourth, Middle Fourth and Upper Fourth years, students should experience activities which allow them to:
Year 7/Third Form
Michaelmas Term: Core Motor Skills and Coordination Skills
Lent Term: Gymnastics (floor work) and Swimming
Summer Term: Athletics
Year 8/Lower Fourth
Michaelmas Term: Badminton, Handball
Lent Term: Swimming, Gymnastics
Summer Term: Athletics
Year 9/Middle Fourth
Michaelmas Term: Badminton, Basketball, Core Motor Skills and Swimming
Lent Term: Fit for Life, Squash and Water Skills (Life Saving/Personal Survival)
Summer Term: Athletics
Year 10/Upper Fourth
10-week block: Fit4Life
First five weeks: Gym induction, methods of training
Second five weeks: Diet and nutrition, debate on drugs, body image, healthy lifestyles
Year 11/Fifth Form
10-week block: Fit4Life
First five weeks: Games4Life: Handball, Touch Rugby, Ultimate Frisbee
Second five weeks: Spinning, Boxercise, Pilates, Body Pump, Stretch and Tone
GCSE Physical Education
The syllabus (OCR) builds on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at Key Stages 2 and 3.
The aims of the course are to:
The written element involves two one-hour papers, worth 60% of the final grade:
Physical factors affecting performance (1 hour paper, 30%)
Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (1 hour paper, 30%)
This component constitutes 40% of the whole GCSE made up of:
Analysing performance in a physical activity and developing an action plan to improve performance (controlled assessment task);
Accurate and effective performance in three practical activities.
The practical component is assessed throughout the two-year course with a final assessment being completed during a moderation process with an external examiner (in the summer term of the 5th Form). Candidates are required to select three activities. Two of these will come from either the ‘Team' or ‘Individual' activities group and the third will then come from the other group.
Although the course provides a good foundation for studying Physical Education at A Level, it is not seen as a prerequisite.
A Level Physical Education
The written element involves three written papers, worth 70% of the final grade:
Physiological factors affecting performance (2 hour paper, 30%)
Psychological factors affecting performance (1 hour paper, 20%)
Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (1 hour paper, 20%)
This component constitutes 30% of the whole A Level made up of:
Analysis of a live performance and assessed oral response in which pupils critically analyse the performance and plan the steps that could be used to improve it
Technical accuracy, effective performance, and understanding of strategies and tactics in one practical activity
Activity options are:
The department benefits from a staff body with an extensive knowledge of all topic areas taught in the academic PE syllabuses. Practical delivery is enhanced by staff members' experiences of playing sport at a very high level, a number of whom have gained international honours in their respective sports.
Head of Physical Education
Mr M E Johnson BSc (Loughborough) (Director of Sport/Head of Hockey)
Mrs S L Church-Jones BA (Exeter) (Head of Girls' Games/Head of Tennis)
Mr P A Burke BSc (Loughborough) (Director of Rugby)
Ms J Bennett (Sports Coach)
Mrs B Bostock (Head of Netball Development)
Mr G Greenbury MA (Cantab), EdM (Harvard), MA (Warwick) (Head of Shooting)
Mr M Day BEd (Trent Polytechnic) (Director of Football)
Mrs F C Drinkall BSc (Loughborough) (Director of Lower School Co-Curriculum and Head of Transition)
Mr J M Drinkall BSc (Dunelm) (Head of Basketball)
Mr S Hibbitt BA (York) (Head of Volleyball)
Mr D Nuthall BA (Nottingham) (Shooting Coach)
Mr P G Lewsey BSc (Coventry) (Head of Cross Country)
Mr B G MacDowel MTheol (St Andrews) (Head of Golf)
Mr N R Taylor (Head of Cricket)
Mr N J Smith BSc (Portsmouth) (Head of Fencing)
Dr R L Storey BSc (Dunelm), PhD (King's College London) (Head of Swimming)
Mr A Thompson MSc (Dunelm) (Sports Development Coach)
Ms L Watson (Shooting Coach)
Ms H Grant (Hockey Coach)
Ms R Thomas (Hockey Goalkeeping Coach)
Mr S Whatling (Games Specialist - Rugby)
Mr R Seale (Games Specialist - Football)
Mr D Beckett (Games Specialist - Hockey)
Ms J Traynor (Graduate Gap Student and Games Teacher)
Mr P Woolridge (Graduate Gap Student and Games Teacher)
The department makes full use of the College's outstanding facilities that include: