“Physical Fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity’ John F. Kennedy
Our departmental vision is to ensure that all students are provided with outstanding opportunities to engage and excel in a range of activities and roles so that they develop a passion for lifelong participation in physical activity. PE promotes opportunities for students to be creative, co-operative and competitive and face up to challenging situations both as individual and in groups.
The school has a good range of facilities including a sports hall, fitness suite and swimming pool. These facilities coupled with enthusiastic and well-qualified staff, enable all pupils to have the best possible learning conditions available to them. Pupils showing exceptional talent in a particular sport are given guidance and support in their development, and strong links have been established with local clubs in order that such pupils can realise their full potential.
KS3 (Years 7 – 9)
In Years 7 and 8 students will cover netball, hockey, football, badminton, dance, gymnastics, athletics, tennis, rounders and swimming. Lessons are practical, with the focus being on developing core skills and game play tactics. In Year 9 sports are varied to encourage students to transfer skills from previous activities into new ones such as basketball, trampolining, orienteering and cricket.
Students will develop their leadership and knowledge of officiating through these activities. They will also develop their understanding of the importance of being healthy and how important exercise is to this.
KS4 (Years 10 – 11)
All students in Year 10 follow as sports leadership programme which enables them to develop their leadership skills through a range of sporting activities. They will have to opportunity to participate and lead a wide range of activities such as fitness, multisports and team games. Where possible students will also have the opportunity to work with local primary schools. In Year 11 students follow a wide range of sporting activities which encourage participation for life such as yoga, aerobics, badminton, dance and team games.
Students also have the opportunity to take GCSE PE as part of the Option programme. We follow the AQA specification. This course is 40% practical and 60% theory. It enables students to be assessed in 3 practical activities as well as learn many different aspects of sport such as biomechanics, physiology, psychology and sociological factors, which impact on PE, and Sport.
KS5 (Years 12 and 13)
All students in Year 12 will have a double PE lesson each week. A number of activities are offered to students to encourage a healthy active lifestyle. These include use of the fitness suite, yoga and pilates, team fitness and a wide range of more traditional sporting activities.
We also offer A- Level Physical Education and follow the AQA specification. The course is 30% practical assessment based on performance or coaching in one sport. 70% is then assessed through 2 exams which focus on a wide range of sporting concepts which develop on from GCSE PE. These include skill acquisition, sport in society, technology in sport, applied anatomy and biomechanics.
An extensive extended- curricular programme that includes participatory and competitive elements enhances the core curriculum. We run a wide range of clubs including archery, cheerleading, trampolining, netball, hockey, swimming, football and gymnastics among others. We have a number of teams in each year group representing the school in local district leagues as well as at regional level. The school has many players representing county teams.
Please click here for a link to our fixtures website – http://www.watfordgrammarschoolforgirls-sports.org.uk
Extended Clubs Programme – Winter term 2016