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Physical Education

Our subject has gone from strength to strength over the past 10 years. The introduction of A Level P.E. back in 2005 has provided our students with the opportunity to study our subject through to leaving when they are 18. Our main focus has been on improving the numbers of pupils taking part in extra-curricular activities and due to this we have seen a vast number of pupils then go onto complete the Sports Leaders Award. This has now enabled our department to help out with primary festivals held onsite and also at our feeder primary schools.

We are very proud of the ethos and work ethic of our pupils in lessons and at external fixtures. They continue to push the boundaries of performance both in lessons and whilst representing school and we as a department have to keep developing just to keep up with the demand for high quality sport that our students expect and enjoy.

Fulford is a very rewarding place to teach P.E. we feel honoured to be part of our next generation of sportsmen and women.

Staff

Staff

Mr Shutt leads the department as the Head of P.E. with Miss Murray as Head of Girls P.E. Mr Lunn teaches both boys P.E. and GCSE P.E. as well as Miss Fairbairn who joined us in September 2012 from Prince Henrys School in Otley. As a staff we have bags of experience and enthusiasm for our subject and have worked hard to make it a formidable choice for our students at both GCSE and A Level.

  • Mr J Shutt
  • Miss Fairbairn
  • Mr A Lunn
  • Miss S Murray

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3

Y7, 8 and 9 have 2 timetabled lessons over the week and follow a traditional curriculum that combines both games and health related fitness topics such as, Football, Rugby, Gymnastics, Basketball, Dance, Orienteering, Cross Country, Badminton, Hockey, Netball, HRF. Alongside these we have provision for more contemporary sports such as dodgeball, ultimate Frisbee and Australian running. Year 7 is a mixed ability year to allow us time to assess the pupils. Pupils are given a curriculum level at the end of each half termly block of work and these form part of the Pupil profile database which generates an end of year level. In year 8 and 9 we tier our sets, with pupils given guidance from their end of Y7 levels as to what groups they would feel more comfortable in.

Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Core P.E. is run through a block of options in the autumn and winter terms. We have the use of the local University sports centre and students walk down over break time in order to be there for the start of the lessons. Options for both Y11 and Y10 include, Football, Basketball, Netball, Rugby, Badminton, Hockey, Table Tennis, 6 a side football, Dance and Fitness. In the summer term, it is less structured with pupils opting for different sports every week to allow for changes in the weather. However, there is a highly structured extra-curricular programme which our KS4 pupils take part in.

GCSE P.E.

Pupils can opt for GCSE P.E. in Y9 and historically we have always had a large cohort of pupils in both year groups gaining some excellent results. We follow the Edexcel course which is made up of theory work (50%) and practical sport (50%). Results are consistently good with expectations of students’ progress and achievement high.

Exam board specification

Key Stage 5

Key Stage 5

A Level P.E. was introduced in 2005 and has continued to grow and improve over the years. We have a smooth transition from GCSE to A Level as we follow the same examination board of EDEXCEL. The course is designed to allow sport to flourish in a variety of roles which include performer, coach and umpire/referee. This allows our students to maximize their potential in whatever role they are strongest in. The course is an excellent mix of 50% coursework which include essays on the provision of your chosen sport both locally and nationally as well as some exciting sports analysis work that highlights strengths and weakness in your own personal performance. The final 50% is made up from a summer examination. There is no January examination window for this A Level.

We are very proud to be able to work alongside some very talented and gifted students who share our passion for the subject and have watched them progress to Higher education with most of them studying degrees with a focus on sport.

Exam board specification

Extra Curricular

Extra Curricular

The P.E. department is a lively and dynamic department with fresh ideas and vibrant staff, providing our pupils with outstanding provision at all key stages. We are committed to an extensive extra – curricular programme across a very wide variety of sports fully supported by all the department and other members of staff. We pride ourselves on being a very inclusive department where everyone is welcome to join in the practice sessions at lunchtime and sometimes after school. Over recent years we have dominated the football, basketball, cricket, hockey and netball competitions within the city of York.

Alongside our extensive extra-curricular programme we run a number of trips during the year. Pupils get the opportunity to watch live sporting events such as the champions league, 20/20 cricket at Yorkshire as well as to participate in residential activity weekends. We also run a water sports trip to the South of France every June which is the highlight of the summer calendar as well as our annual visit to Villa Real football club in Spain where our pupils get the opportunity to be coached by their team of excellent coaches.

We are proud of the P.E. department here at Fulford and are always looking to enhance our provision and experience for our learners.