WELCOME TO pe
Sport and physical activity are a fundamental aspect of school life at Bitterne Park School. Pupils are offered a rich and engaging curriculum delivered through a wide variety of activities. The PE department strives to inspire all students to enjoy and succeed in PE, whether during curriculum, examination or extra-curricular PE and sport.
The PE department passionately believe that PE and sport should be enjoyed by every student. The department aspire to develop confident, independent students who become active participants in sport and physical activity both during and after their time at Bitterne Park School and Sixth Form. All of our students are encouraged to further their learning and enjoyment via our extensive and successful extra-curricular programme, which is very well attended by all years, genders and abilities. The staff in the PE department have a wealth of sporting expertise which is used to accelerate the progress of our more able students and our representative sports teams.
Key stage 3
During KS3 PE our aim is to develop our student’s fundamental physical skills within a wide variety of sports and activities. Lessons are fast paced and very active to ensure our students also develop their health related fitness whilst learning. Students will study up to ten different sports and activities including: athletics, badminton, basketball, football, gymnastics, health related fitness, netball, hockey, outdoor adventurous activities, rugby and table tennis. This extensive range of activities is really welcomed by our students as it enables them to develop an extensive variety of skills so that they can find the sports which they are best suited to. Throughout KS3 PE our students’ leadership and analytical skills are significantly developed through activities.
All of our student’s progress and achievements are assessed every four weeks during KS3 PE. This allows our students to recognise and share their s successes.
Key stage 4
During KS4 PE our students are able to choose some of the sports and activities they further study. Students continue to build on their skills as well as their tactical understanding and teamwork skills. There are opportunities for students to In addition to curriculum sports and activities, our students are also offered the opportunity to gain accredited qualifications in Sports Leadership or the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award.
As part of the KS4 course options process, we offer two examination PE courses, GCSE PE and BTEC Sport. Both of these courses are very popular and successful. Students who opt for one of these two courses also undertake KS4 core PE.
Key Stage 5
We offer our students the opportunity to study A- Level PE and BTEC Level 3 Sport during years 12 and 13. Furthermore, we also provide extra-curricular sport clubs and the chance to represent our sixth form in competitive fixtures and through sport leadership opportunities.
Facilities & Resources
BPS has a large sports hall as a teaching space which also includes a theory teaching room. There is a gymnasium and a fitness suite filled with treadmills, rowers, cross-trainers and resistance machines. There are outside netball courts that become tennis courts in the summer and there is also a large sports field behind the sports hall to use as a teaching space and to host sports fixtures. Many local sports facilities are also used.
TRIPS & EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES
The PE department organise many sports trips for pupils over the academic year. These have included Wimbledon, Championship Rugby matches, England V Barbarians, Cricket at the Ageas Bowl, Birmingham NIA to watch the National Cup Basketball Final and England V Ireland. Last summer BPS took pupils to the Olympics! Pupils watched beach volleyball and hockey. There was also a trip to the Paralympics where pupils watched David Weir win his fourth Gold medal and many other athletic events!
This summer also saw BPS pupils successfully qualify as Young Games Makers where they were involved in supporting the Paralympic Table Tennis for two weeks. This was an amazing ‘once in a life time’ opportunity for the pupils, who were lucky enough to meet most of the athletes during the London Parade after the closing ceremony.
There are also trips organised for enrichment opportunities such as coaching courses, Sports Leaders have been to Lords to officiate Table Cricket, individual pupils and teams are entered into various sporting events and fixtures throughout the year. The curriculum provision also provides pupils with opportunities for off-site activities such as bowling, golf, ice skating and swimming.
BPS likes to reward success and dedication therefore we organise team reward activities and trips such as the Netball Team’s reward trip to the local ice cream parlour Sprinkles!
The school also offers several residential trips focusing on physical activity such as the Water Sports Trip and the Ski Trip which are both abroad in Europe
This year the PE department are hoping to receive enough interest for a Rugby, Football and Netball Team Festival held at Disneyland Paris.
Extra Curricular Activities
The PE department provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities, from competitive sports teams to recreational physical activity such as Fitness Suite club and boxercise. The clubs vary from term to term, with a range of typical summer sports currently being offered and winter sports to be promoted in September. There are also lunch time clubs offered to entertain pupils. Please see the current extra-curricular timetable attached on our website.
Local Club links & Club Ambassadors
BPS has many school-club links to local clubs which the PE department actively promotes by advertising and providing leaflets containing contact information for pupils to take home to parents. Each club has a pupil as the Club Ambassador who attends the club. Their photo is advertised and this provides a friendly face for other interested pupils to approach and ask about the club. The club Ambassadors help promote their club and encourage others to attend
Year 10 Sports Ambassadors
Dedicated sports pupils are selected to be Ambassadors for BPS sport. These pupils have represented their school in sporting fixtures and have a keen interest in promoting sport across the school. They support the PE Department with school sports events, extra-curricular clubs and promoting sport.
Mr Speight (Acting Head of Dept)
Miss Baldwin (Acting 2nd in Dept)
Mr Powell (Head of year 9)
Mr Joiner (Head of year 7)
Amy Sheehan (PE teacher)
Mrs Barrit (Mat Leave)
Mr Simmons (Cover supervisor)
Mrs Bedford (PE teacher – part time)