Physical Education and Sport are integral to the culture of our Academy. Pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum from Year 7 through to GCSE. All students have equal access to the curriculum. Extra-curricular teams and practices are conducted in all major games and most recently the Academy has enjoyed notable success in basketball and cricket.
As a Sport & Leisure department we ensure all students learn through well-planned lessons. Every student is made to feel valued and all gain a sense of achievement in learning about the benefits of health and exercise regardless of their starting point. The key to learning is “fun”.
Students at Churchfields Academy have the opportunity to experience a variety of activities at KS3. They take part in two timetabled PE lessons per week. One lesson is conducted in mixed gender classes for Health Related Exercise, Badminton, Basketball, Gymnastics, Tennis and Athletics. For the other lesson games activities such as Rugby, Football, Hockey, Cross Country, Netball , Rounders and Cricket are taught in single sex groups. We have recently established a collaboration with the England Rugby Football Union to develop this sport at Churchfields.
Year 9 students have one lesson of core P.E. a week and they continue with a broad and balanced curriculum before moving to an elective system for years 10 and 11. Students select activities on a termly basis from a variety of activities with the addition of sports such as Table Tennis, Extreme Frisbee, Softball and Handball.
GCSE PE is a highly popular option subject at key stage 4 and starts in Year 9. We follow the specification of the OCR examination board and the course is divided into two sections; Practical (30%) and Theory (70%).
In practical lessons students develop their knowledge and practical skills in a range of sports. Students submit their three best activities for their Final Practical Assessment. Students also carry out an Analysis of Performance assessment in one of their chosen activities worth 10% of the final mark. The theory aspect is assessed in two 1 ½ hour exams and covers topics ranging from, applied anatomy and physiology and movement analysis to socio-cultural influences and health, fitness and well-being.
The PE department pride themselves on excellent GCSE PE results.
We are fortunate to have 6 tennis/netball courts that have been recently resurfaced, a field that can accommodate a full size athletics track in the summer, 1 rugby pitch, 1 hockey pitch, 2 football pitches in the winter, an artificial cricket strip and 3 cricket nets. Also, we have two indoor gymnasia and two multi-purpose halls. Planning permission has also been granted for 3G artificial pitches.
The department consists of five members of staff. We are a strong team who work very well together. All staff are approachable yet have clear behaviour boundaries, this ensures that the sports department is hugely successful within the Churchfields structure.
- Mr M Oliver (Director of Faculty)
- Mr W Smith (PE teacher & Head of Year 10)
- Miss K O’Rourke (PE teacher & Head of Year 11)
- Miss S Gregory (PE teacher & Head of Year 7)
- Mr C Irwin (PE teacher)