The Physical Education Department at The Cotswold School is a very successful innovative department. Our departmental ethos is based upon a ‘Sport for All’ principle. We aim to challenge pupils of all abilities, to set and work towards realistic goals to enable all pupils to achieve their true potential.
We aim to stimulate interest and enjoyment in PE, while promoting the role of physical activity as part of a healthy active lifestyle. Pupils will experience a range of sports and will be challenged not only to improve practical abilities but be encouraged to develop personal, social and decision making skills.
“We aim to develop individual skills, teamwork, and leadership through participation in physical activity”
At The Cotswold School we will strive to make young people healthier, encourage them to develop their self-discipline and teamwork skills, develop their leadership potential and introduce them to activities they may enjoy and derive health benefits from for a lifetime.
Key Stage 3 Physical Education:
At Key Stage 3, students in Years 7, 8 and 9 have two double lessons (70 minutes each) of PE per week. During these lessons students follow a broad balanced curriculum including activities from all national curriculum areas. All Key Stage 3 PE lessons are taught in single gender groups.
Key Stage 4 Physical Education:
At Key Stage 4 students have one double lesson of PE per week. Year 10 and 11 students opt from a variety of activities including use of The Bourton Leisure Centre fitness suite and 25m indoor swimming pool. In addition students may opt to follow GCSE PE (Edexcel) and GCSE Dance (AQA) as part of a wide ranging options programme that the school offers. The results in the Key Stage 4 courses offered are outstanding with pass rates exceeding national averages.
Sports facilities at the Cotswold School
The Cotswold School has extensive PE facilities. Offering a traditional gymnasium, a recently built four badminton court sports hall, extensive playing fields, tennis/netball courts, full size floodlit astro and use of Bourton Leisure centres indoor 25m heated swimming pool, fitness suite and dance/drama studio. We also have a dedicated PE teaching room.
Extra Curricular Sport
There are a wide range of opportunities for students to engage in recreation and competitive sport. Extra curricular sports clubs run during the school lunch hour and after school, many students attend clubs on a regular basis. Fixtures are organised in all major sports between local schools. The department also organises a bi-annual Gym and Dance Show and is invited to perform at The Gloucestershire Dance Festival every year.
Competitive ‘Sport for All’
The school runs a House System; a key facet of which is the House Sports Programme where students compete in a range of different sports throughout the year for their house team. X vs Y competitions allow student to compete in selected activities for their PE class against the other half of the year group, promoting sport for all, allowing all pupils to experience competitive sport and develop the skills learnt in lessons.
The department recognises student achievement, sending ‘excellent progress cards’ home to students who have excelled in Physical Education termly. Students are also recognised in the ‘Hall of Fame’ for achieving representative honours. Each term the department recognises a ‘pupil of the term’, ‘class of term’ and ‘team of the term’.
Gifted and Talented Provision
The department identifies and keeps a register of all ‘gifted and talented’ pupils. Once identified these pupils require high quality teaching and support to help them fully realise their talents.
Gifted and Talented pupils excel in one or more of the following abilities:
– Physical ability: revealed through pupils’ competence and fitness to perform a range of physical activities.
– Social ability: exhibited in social contexts, for example leadership, teamwork and similar concepts.
– Personal ability: an individuals’ capacity for self-regulation, self belief and commitment for mastery.
– Cognitive ability: shown in planning and compositional settings, understanding central physical education concepts.
– Creative ability: responds to challenges and tasks with fluency, originality and sensitivity to problems.
Gifted and talented provision currently includes: Year 7 G&T days off-site, Yr 9 G&T day on-site, G&T specific clubs.
The Cotswold School is proud of its sporting links with local primary schools. To read about Primary School Sports Link, please CLICK HERE.