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Physical Education

Head of Department: M Ruxton.

Email: matthew.ruxton@epsomcollege.org.uk

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), M4 (Year 9) and U4 (Year 10), 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 rigors of participation in the extensive competitive games programme that runs at the College.

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 or 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 make 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.

Follow the links below to learn more about Physical Education at Epsom College.

Courses

Core PE

During the Physical Education programme in the Third form, M4 and U4 years, students should experience activities which allow them to:

  • undertake, replicate and perform with precision, demonstrating control, continuity and flow of movement;
  • participate in a variety of large and small team games and also individual sports;
  • understand the principles of attack and defence relating to various invasion games and appreciate tactical considerations appropriate to these;
  • apply the rules of particular games and officiate in some capacity;
  • swim a broad range of strokes and develop water skills;
  • develop an understanding of the effects of physical exercise on the body and the monitoring/measuring of fitness, strength, stamina, speed and flexibility;
  • demonstrate an ability to problem solve, listen to others and appraise peers' work;
  • have a well-developed understanding of the benefits of physical activity in ensuring pupils live a healthy and happy life.

Year 7/Third Form

Michaelmas Term: Core Motor Skills and Coordination Skills

Lent Term: Gymnastics (floor work) and Swimming

Summer Term: Athletics

Year 9/M4

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/U4

Michaelmas Term: Fit for Life Module, Volleyball and Water Skills (Water Polo/Synchronised Swimming)

Lent Term: Application of Core Skills, Badminton and Squash/Table Tennis

Summer Term: Athletics

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:

  • develop knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology and how various body systems are affected by long and short term exercise;
  • understand how training affects performance and how a wide range of sports science techniques and equipment can be used to maximise development;
  • explain how athletes respond psychologically to a range of situations and the methods that can be used to enable positive responses;
  • explore the wide range of social issues that affect both the performance and commercial sides of sport;
  • develop and refine the skills necessary to analyse and improve performance;
  • apply knowledge gained in the theory setting to maximise levels of performance in the practical setting.

Course components:

Theory

The written element involves two one-hour papers, worth 60% of the final grade:

Component 1:

Physical factors affecting performance (1 hour paper, 30%)

Component 2:

Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (1 hour paper, 30%)

Content:

  • anatomy of skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems;
  • physiological responses to aerobic and anaerobic exercise;
  • short (to include effects of warming up and cooling down) and long term effects of exercise;
  • effect of diet and nutrition;
  • levers and movement analysis;
  • principles and optimisation of training;
  • prevention of injury;
  • characteristics of skilful movement and classification of skills;
  • mental preparation, goal setting and feedback;
  • long term emotional and social effects of participation in sport;
  • commercialisation, ethics, drugs and violence in modern sport.

Practical

This component constitutes 40% of the whole GCSE made up of:

Component 3:

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.

Practical assessment

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.

‘Team' Activities

‘Individual' Activities

Association Football

Rugby Union/League

Athletics

Rock Climbing

Badminton (doubles)

Table Tennis (Doubles)

Badminton

Skiing/

Snowboarding

Basketball

Tennis (Doubles)

Canoeing/Kayaking

Squash

Cricket

Volleyball

Cycling

Swimming

Handball

 

Dance

Table Tennis

Hockey

Equestrian

 

Lacrosse

Golf

Netball

Gymnastics

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

Course Components

Theory

The written element involves three written papers, worth 70% of the final grade:

Component 1:

Physiological factors affecting performance (2 hour paper, 30%)

Content:

  • anatomy to include, joints and the muscular system;
  • cardiovascular, pulmonary and respiratory function;
  • energy systems and recovery from exercise;
  • effects of altitude and heat on performance;
  • diet and nutrition;
  • methods of training to increase strength, aerobic capacity and flexibility;
  • injury prevention and rehabilitation;
  • levers, Newton's Laws, angular/linear motion, fluid dynamics and projectile motion;
  • analysis of movement through the use of technology;
  • fluid dynamics.

Component 2:

Psychological factors affecting performance (1 hour paper, 20%)

Content:

  • transfer of skills;
  • principles, stages and theories of learning and the effect of guidance and feedback;
  • memory;
  • personality and attitudes;
  • motivation, arousal, aggression and anxiety;
  • leadership, groups and teams;
  • methods of practice;
  • goal setting.

Component 3:

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (1 hour paper, 20%)

Content:

  • global sporting events and their impact on society;
  • effect of drugs, violence and gambling;
  • commercialisation and the media;
  • modern technology in sport;
  • the historical development of sport.

Practical

This component constitutes 30% of the whole A Level made up of:

Component 4:

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:

Games

Outdoor and Adventurous

Preforming at Maximum Levels

Artistic Activities

Association Football

Lacrosse

Canoeing/ Kayaking

Athletics

Dance

Badminton

Netball

Rock climbing

 

Cycling

Diving

Basketball

Rugby Union/ League

Skiing

Rowing/Sculling

Equestrian

Cricket

Squash

Snowboarding

 

Swimming

Gymnastics

Golf

Tennis

 

 

 

Trampolining

Handball

Volleyball

 

 

Hockey

 

 

 

 


Department Staff

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
M Ruxton BSc (Birmingham)


Department Staff

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)

P A Burke BSc (Loughborough) (Director of Rugby)

Miss J Bennett (Sports Coach)

Mrs B Bostock (Head of Netball Development)

G Davies BEng (Warwick) (Acting Head of Shooting)

M Day BEd (Trent Polytechnic) (Head of Football)

Mrs F C Drinkall BSc (Loughborough) (Director of Lower School Co-Curriculum and Head of Transition)

J M Drinkall BSc (Dunelm) (Head of Basketball)

S Hibbitt BA (York) (Head of Volleyball)

Mrs C E Jeens MA (Soton) (Shooting Coach)

P G Lewsey BSc (Coventry) (Head of Cross Country)

B G MacDowel MTheol (St Andrews) (Head of Golf)

R E Moor BA (Manchester) (Director of Cricket)

N Taylor (Head of Cricket)

N Smith BSc (Portsmouth) (Head of Fencing)

Dr R L Storey BSc (Dunelm), PhD (King's College London) (Head of Swimming)

A Thompson MSc (Dunelm) (Sports Development Coach)

Dr M A L Tod MA, PhD (Glasgow), FSA (Scot) (Head of Squash)

Miss L Watson (Shooting Coach)

 

The PE staff are supported every year by six gap students who offer various sporting expertise. These students traditionally come from Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Zimbabwe.

Facilities

The department makes full use of the College's outstanding facilities that include:

  • two sports halls
  • fitness suite
  • dance studio
  • indoor 25m pool
  • two astroturfs (one floodlit)
  • six squash courts of which two are glass-backed
  • nine netball courts (three floodlit)
  • 33 tennis courts in summer term (three floodlit)
  • athletics track
  • shooting range
  • extensive pitches for association football, cricket, hockey, rounders, rugby, and volleyball