The PE department in Blessed Hugh Faringdon School is very successful and this has been recognised throughout Reading as we have won Reading Sports School of the year for 2014 and 2015 due to the dedication of the students and staff within the department. The PE department aims to develop pupils’ competence and confidence to participate in a range of physical activities as the basis for developing these skills beyond school. We deliver a high-quality PE curriculum that enables all pupils to enjoy and succeed in a wide range of physical activity. Pupils develop knowledge and confidence in a number of different physical activities in addition to learning about the value of pursuing a healthy, active lifestyle. Students are allocated to a house on arrival at the school and take part in House Games each year as well as a whole school sports day at the end of the year.

Key Stage 3

Years 7, 8 and 9

Students are taught in mixed gender PE lessons and all complete a term of fitness and skill testing on arrival in Year 7 to support setting based on their sporting ability. This setting is always evaluated at the end of each term when students are assessed, to give them the opportunities to move sets and match their abilities where possible. Students benefit from two timetabled PE lessons per week. They participate in a range of activities and develop a wide range of skills.


Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11

All students benefit from a single lesson of Core PE each week. Students continue to take part in a range of activities and have increased choice in the activities they pursue. These lessons have a focus on students’ team skills, refereeing and coaching. House Games continue at KS4 as does the wide range of extra-curricular activities available. We currently study the EDEXCEL GCSE PE specification as a GCSE option. The course has now changed making it 60 % theory and 40 % practical which results in the course having a greater focus on Sport Science than practical sessions. The assessment on this course involves 2 papers at the end of a 2 year course, Paper 1 incorporates anatomy and Physiology, fitness and body systems, movement, physical training and use of data. Paper 2 incorporates, health and performance, health and wellbeing, sports psychology, sociology and use of data. The controlled assessment involves designing an exercise plan.


Key Stage 5

Years 12 and 13

Students can opt to complete a BTEC National Sport Courses at either Diploma or Subsidiary levels. This is made of one exam on Anatomy and Physiology, an external assignment on fitness training as well as additional coursework based units. These courses can be taken as equivalent to 1 or 2 A levels. Students also have the opportunity to participate in practical sessions held for 2 periods in the week. In this time we also run a rugby course focusing on training, tactics, skills, games play and health and fitness. In addition we continue to run teams and competitions throughout the year for 6th form. We also encourage students be part of PE in any way they can which could be through co-coaching, teacher assists or even displays and fixture organisation.


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