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Physical Education

Physical Education

At Louth Academy, we recognise the importance of Physical Education and the role it has to play in promoting healthy and active lifestyles. Students have access to first class facilities and equipment which enables them to develop and refine their skills and techniques in a broad range of activities. In addition to developing pupils’ physical talents, Physical Education lessons are centred around embedding core themes such as; respect, resilience, communication and teamwork. Furthermore, year 10 and 11 students who have a keen interest in sport are given an opportunity to study a BTEC Sport Level 2 qualification as part of their Key Stage 4 options.

Please take the time to explore these pages, to learn more about what our Physical Education department has to offer.

Ethos & Values

  • To educate students through all 6 areas of the national curriculum.
  • To develop core themes such as; respect, resilience, communication, teamwork and problem-solving skills through working with others.
  • Encourage students to reach their potential by offering challenging targets and guidance in every lesson.
  • Enhance self-esteem by encouraging students to take additional responsibility in lessons for coaching and officiating their peers.
  • Use our excellent resources to stimulate student development by offering a range of activities.

The Physical Education department strives to enhance the development of students at Louth Academy by "educating through the physical". We encourage students to express themselves both individually and collectively in a variety of sporting activities. Students are not only taught about physical development but enhance inter-personal skills and their ability to work alongside others.

Knowledge & Skills

All pupils are taught Physical Education in all 5 years at Louth Academy and will develop the following skills:

  • Pupils will develop skills in all 6 areas of the national curriculum;
  • Be encouraged to link together skills and ideas;
  • Perform skills with accuracy and consistency;
  • Understand how to prepare the body for exercise;
  • Work with others to achieve a common goal;
  • Develop knowledge of tactics and strategies in a variety of sports;
  • Improve performance of others.

Those who choose BTEC Sport will also acquire knowledge in the following areas:

  • Health, fitness and well-being;
  • Body systems;
  • Physical training;
  • Practical Sports Performance;
  • Sports Psychology;
  • Physical Education in Schools;
  • Issues in Sport.

Resources & Facilities

Louth Academy strives to meet the curriculum area demands of Physical Education. Currently we have a multi-purpose sports hall at both sites which hold 3 badminton courts and a basketball court (lower campus) and 5 badminton courts and a basketball court (upper campus). The sports hall at the upper campus also holds a competitive handball court and goals. Both of these facilities ensure that activities such as fitness, table tennis, gymnastics and dance can all be taught on the curriculum.

Our outdoor facilities are also of a high standard and allow pupils to experience all areas of the curriculum. Our field area at each campus is vast and allows for a number of groups to use it at one time. Other outdoor facilities available across both sites are:

  • Three full size (11 a side) football pitches with stadium goals;
  • One year 7 (9 a side) competition size football pitch;
  • One full size rugby pitch with posts;
  • 10 x 10 multipurpose grid squares;
  • 20 x 20 multipurpose grid squares;
  • 400m athletics track on lower campus;
  • 200m athletics track on lower campus;
  • 4 long jump pits;
  • 4 tennis courts;
  • 5 netball courts;
  • 3 outdoor basketball courts;
  • 2 cricket squares.

We also have use of a purpose built fitness suite on each campus with state of the art equipment, as well as indoor spaces dedicated to dance and performing arts. This enables pupils to understand the benefits of exercise in order to achieve a healthy lifestyle. The fitness suite caters for all users, allowing pupils to carry out their own personal fitness programme whatever their gender, sporting background or fitness goals are.

Courses & Qualifications

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3, students receive two double-periods of Physical Education each week. Pupils are provided with opportunities to experience a wide range of sports covering all aspects of the national curriculum. Examples of activities delivered during Physical Education lessons include; football; rugby; netball; basketball; gymnastics; athletics; rounders; badminton; tennis; handball; cricket; health related fitness; hockey and outdoor adventurous activities (OAA). The PE curriculum is designed and sequenced in a way to enable students to develop their physical capabilities in different sports as well as soft skills such as communication, teamwork and respect. Furthermore, regular links to curriculum themes are made throughout lessons, ensuring students Louth Academy as well-rounded individuals.

Key Stage 4 (CORE)

Key Stage 4 students receive one double-period of Physical Education each week. During these lessons’ students are challenged to build on their prior knowledge of different sports and the core themes covered in Key Stage 3 at a more advanced level.

Key Stage 4 (BTEC)

Those who choose Physical Education at GCSE will be timetabled 3 additional lessons per week. Pupils will have the opportunity to achieve the equivalent of a GCSE in Physical Education through completing a Level 2 BTEC Sport qualification.

Learning Outside the Classroom

At Louth Academy, participation in sport is on the rise. It allows students to experience competitive sport in a fun environment. We have teams in a variety of sports which compete in local, county and national competitions. As well as offering the traditional school sports such as football, rugby and netball we are diversifying the after-school clubs we offer in order to cater for all. All pupils are encouraged to attend after-school clubs regardless of their ability or experience and it is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends.

In addition to the range of school teams and practices there are also numerous inter-house sport competitions in which students can enter. These competitions allow students to experience competitive sport by representing their house group in an organised competition. For those who enjoy team sports there are inter-house competitions in football, netball, basketball and rounders. Other inter-house events include athletics and dance. One of the highlights of the school sporting calendar is the school sports day. This is again run as an inter-house event where students represent their house with all competitors contributing to their overall house total.

Where Does This Take Me in The Future?

We pride ourselves in not only developing the physical skills of our students but developing personal qualities that will aid them when they leave Louth Academy. They experience working with others to achieve a common goal while learning about the body and the importance of exercise. The skills and knowledge we hope to develop are:

  • Respect;
  • Resilience;
  • Communication;
  • Teamwork;
  • Problem Solving;
  • Personal Responsibility;
  • Knowledge of Health and Fitness;
  • Literacy and Numeracy.

By offering nationally recognised qualifications in Physical Education and Sport to students we also give them the first step to a variety of higher education courses and possible careers. Having completed the Level 2 BTEC Sport qualification students can go on to:

  • Study Physical Education at A/S and A Level at College or another establishment such as Tollbar Academy (providing entry requirements are met).
  • Study Physical Education or Sports Studies in Higher Education.
  • Numerous university degrees and Masters courses including Sport Science, Teaching (P.E.) and Physiotherapy.
  • A career in teaching, physiotherapy, sport science, sports coaching, personal training, biomechanics, sport psychology and nutrition.

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Philip C Dickinson
BA (Hons) MA PGCE.