The aim of the PE department is ‘to encourage a life-long love of physical activity, and to give the students experience and confidence through inclusive lessons and extracurricular opportunities, across a wide range of sporting activities. Physical Education at The Westgate School allows our young people to develop physically, mentally and socially, through a wide variety of sports and activities.’
In Year 7, 8 and 9 students build on and develop fundamental skills, then through the introduction to a wide variety of individual and team games, plus Athletics, Trampolining and Dance, basic and advanced skills and strategies and tactics are taught. They are encouraged to participate and enjoy sporting activity, where the overall aim is to gain the confidence required to participate in later life. Through practical lessons, students consider the effect of exercise on the body, and key terms are introduced.
In Year 10 and 11 students build on skills and knowledge, with the focus being game play, increased independence and Sport Education, and opportunities are provided for students to further develop leadership skills and officiating. Both GCSE PE (AQA) and BTEC Sport are offered, with the BTEC Sport Extended Certificate available for Year 12 and 13 students.
The PE curriculum and the extracurricular activities offered, reflect existing strengths of the student body. Performance is encouraged, with many opportunities for students to compete within lessons and against other schools, allowing students to experience success and failure in a competitive environment, both individually and as part of a team. There are existing links with local clubs to provide further opportunities for participation.
“You dream. You plan. You reach. There will be obstacles. There will be doubters. There will be mistakes. But with hard work, with belief, with confidence and trust in yourself and those around you, there are no limits.” ~Michael Phelps