Physical Education

Physical Education

Physical Education plays an integral part in academy life at Cleethorpes Academy. Students have the opportunity to develop their physical capabilities in a wide range of sports and physical activities. As well as honing physical talents, students are encouraged to develop personal skills such as communication and teamwork. At Cleethorpes Academy we offer those with a keen interest in sport a variety of opportunities which allows them to further enhance their sporting knowledge and skills.

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

Ethos & Values

The Physical Education department strives to enhance the development of students at Cleethorpes Academy by "educating through the physical". We encourage students to express themselves both individually and collectively in a variety of sporting activities. We promote the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle and explain the benefits of exercise on a regular basis during both lesson and extra-curricular time. We aim for every student to leave Cleethorpes Academy with the experience of a range of sporting and fitness activities.

Knowledge & Skills

Students are not only taught about physical development, but how to also develop inter-personal skills and their ability to work alongside others. Physical Education staff at Cleethorpes Academy strive to achieve the following:

  • To educate students through all 6 areas of the national curriculum.
  • To improve communication, teamwork and problem solving skills through working with others.
  • Improve students' knowledge of the rules of a range of sporting activities.
  • Develop students' understanding of the human body systems including key bones and muscles.
  • To understand the benefits of leading a healthy, active lifestyle.
  • 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.

Resources & Facilities

Cleethorpes Academy is more than equipped to meet the curriculum area demands of Physical Education. The state of the art facilities we offer allow students to be taught a range of activities. Currently we have a sports hall which holds 4 badminton courts. Other indoor facilities include an activity hall which allows activities such as aerobics, gymnastics and dance to be taught on the curriculum.

One indoor facility which has been recently enhanced is the fitness suite. This facility houses health and fitness equipment allowing students to understand the benefits of recreational exercise. The cardio-vascular suite is equipped with 10 rowing machines and 10 cross-trainers. All machines include electronic displays allowing students to monitor their progress.

We also offer an outstanding machine and free weights suite, where students can develop their muscular strength or develop muscle tone. In the weights area we have various weight machines which allow students to work on their strength but offer support during the physical movements. For older students we have a high selection of free weights to enhance muscular strength further by working on core stability during the movement.

The fitness suite is used on a regular basis in both curricular and extra-curricular time.

Our outdoor facilities are also of a high standard and allow students to experience all areas of the curriculum. Our outdoor facilities include:

  • 2 full size football pitches
  • 1 full size rugby pitch
  • 5 outdoor netball courts
  • 1 outdoor basketball court
  • 3 tennis courts
  • 1 small football pitch
  • 1 hockey pitch
  • 1 cricket square

With plans to further improve the sporting facilities available at Cleethorpes Academy it is clearly an exciting time which promises continued high class facilities in the future.


Courses & Qualifications

Lower Secondary (CORE)

Students follow the national curriculum in Physical Education. This involves covering a wide range of activities which includes football; rugby; tennis; gymnastics; dance; health related fitness; hockey; netball; handball; rounders; badminton; table tennis; basketball; athletics; cricket; softball, cheerleading, aerobics and cross-country.

At this stage the Physical Education curriculum develops students' competence and confidence to take part in a range of physical activities that become a central part of their lives, both in and out of the Academy. A high-quality P.E. curriculum enables all students to enjoy and succeed in many kinds of physical activity. They develop a wide range of skills and the ability to use tactics, strategies and compositional ideas to perform successfully. When they are performing, they think about what they are doing, analyse the situation and make decisions. They also reflect on their own and others' performances and find ways to improve them.

Upper Secondary (CORE)

Students continue to follow the curriculum and cover the activities from Lower Secondary at a more advanced level with the aim of achieving the following:

  • Using a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games.
  • Developing their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports.
  • Taking part in activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage students to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group.
  • Evaluating their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrating improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best.

Upper Secondary (GCSE Physical Education)

What is this subject about?

GCSE Physical Education allows students with a keen interest in sport to develop their knowledge of physical activity and the various issues associated with successful sports performance. Those taking the AQA GCSE P.E. course will be timetabled three additional classroom based lessons to allow students to develop their theoretical knowledge and understanding of the subject. Students will learn about the physiological adaptations the body makes in response to exercise and develop understanding of how to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

During the course students will be assessed both theoretically (60%) and practically (40%). The theoretical side tests students' knowledge of applied anatomy and physiology, health and fitness, physical training, sport psychology and socio-cultural influences. This culminates in Y11 with two written exam papers.

Students will also be assessed in all practical activities they complete during their practical lessons. Students must be competent in three sporting activities, consisting of both team and individual activities. Team activities covered at the Academy include football, netball, rugby, hockey and handball. Individual activities include badminton, table tennis, dance, gymnastics and athletics.

The qualification culminates in Y11 where students will take both practical and written exams, in which the results will be combined to award an overall grade and qualification.

Why should I choose the subject?

You should choose this subject if you are someone who regularly participates in Physical Education lessons and attends extra-curricular sports clubs. Those wishing to take the course should be a competent athlete in a variety of sporting activities. This course is ideal for students who are enthusiastic about physical activity and if you are interested in studying a vast array of sporting topics. If you are passionate, inspired and motivated by sport and Physical Education this course could be the first step onto a career pathway.

Which skills and aptitudes do I need for the subject?

Students should have a keen interest in physical activity, enjoy participating regularly in sport and have a commitment to learn about issues which affect sports performance. It is expected that students who take the course will be able to link their newly acquired theoretical knowledge to their own sporting performance. Students who select the course need to have a high commitment for sport and show this during Physical Education lessons. Students are expected to be a competent performer across a number of activities and participate in competitive sport either at the Academy or in the local community.

P.E. (Level 2 BTEC First Award in Sport)

What is this subject about?

BTEC Sport allows students with a keen interest in sport to develop their knowledge of physical activity and successful sports performance. During the course students will be assessed in four units consisting of coursework assignments (75% of final grade) and an online exam (25% of final grade). The theoretical side tests students' knowledge of health and fitness, development of personal fitness, principles of training and effects of exercise. Students will also be assessed using a scenario to complete written assignments throughout the course.

Why should I choose this subject?

You should choose this subject if you are someone who regularly participates in Physical Education lessons and attends extra-curricular sports clubs. Those wishing to take the course should be a competent performer in at least one sporting activity. This course is ideal for students who are enthusiastic about physical activity and if you are interested in studying a vast array of sporting topics. If you are passionate, inspired and motivated by sport and Physical Education this course could be the first step onto a career pathway.

When and how am I assessed?

Students will be continually monitored throughout the course with controlled assessments taking place at the end of each assignment. Throughout the course students will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding of the theoretical aspects covered through formal written assignments. Students are assessed practically in two activities where they expected to demonstrate technical and tactical understanding in game situations. The course also involves students sitting an online external examination.

Which skills and aptitudes do I need for this subject?

Students should have a keen interest in physical activity and enjoy participating regularly in sport. It is expected that students who take the course will be able to link their newly acquired theoretical knowledge to their own sporting performance. Students who select the course need to have a high commitment for sport and demonstrate this during Physical Education lessons. Students are expected to be a competent performer in at least one activity and participate in competitive sport either at the Academy or in the local community.

Who do I need to speak to?

Please speak to a member of the Physical Education department, if you require any additional information. Your practical teacher will also be able to give you information as to whether they feel you would be suitable for the demands of the course.


Learning Outside The Classroom

At Cleethorpes Academy, sport plays an integral part in Academy life and allows students to experience competitive sport in a fun environment. We have teams in a variety of sports which compete in local competitions on a regular basis. 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. Recent additions to the after-school club rota include athletics, cheerleading, dance, tennis, striking and fielding activities and multi-gym club.

All students are encouraged to attend after-school clubs regardless of their ability or experience and it is an excellent opportunity to meet new friends. As well as competing locally, students are also competing at county level and our teams are often found competing at the latter stages of these events.

In addition to the extensive range of school teams and practices there are also numerous inter-house sport competitions which students can enter. These competitions allow students to experience competitive sport by representing their house groups in an organised competition. The competitions have proved a real success and students have turned out in their numbers in all activities. For those who enjoy team sports there are inter-house competitions in football, netball, basketball, badminton and rounders. 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 houses with all competitors contributing to their overall house total.


Where Does This Take Me In The Future?

We pride ourselves on not only developing the physical skills of our students but also developing personal qualities that will aid them when they leave Cleethorpes 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:

  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Knowledge of Health and Fitness
  • Literacy and Numeracy
  • British Values

By offering GCSE Physical Education to students, we also give them the first step to a variety of higher education courses and possible careers. Having completed a GCSE in Physical Education students can go on to:

  • 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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