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Barclay Academy

Barclay Academy

Physical Education

Head of Department: Mr M. Buckley

At Barclay Academy, we understand the importance of being physically active, both for a student’s physical health as well as for their social and emotional wellbeing. We want to promote lifelong participation in, and enjoyment of, physical activity, exercise and sport and therefore believe in the power of an inclusive approach to physical education, where all students feel included, accepted and confident. We strive to help students find an activity that works for them, and are dedicated to the provision of a varied and enjoyable PE programme, in which all students take part and progress. We promote an enjoyment of physical activity for all that can be taken into future life, resulting in pupils leading active lifestyles. Outside the curriculum, we also host a variety of enjoyable and exciting extracurricular clubs, competitions and events, and we have a wonderful selection of high-quality equipment and facilities.


All students in Years 7, 8 and 9 participate in a minimum of 100 minutes of PE each week. At Key Stage 3, the structure of the PE programme is designed to promote students’ theoretical understanding and practical application for a variety of sports and exercise. Students learn a wide variety of sports and exercise throughout their years, cumulatively developing the skills, tactics and knowledge learnt in previous years. Pupils participate actively within, and learn the techniques and game application underpinning, a variety of sports and activities such as volleyball, cricket and table tennis. Moreover, they begin to explore the theory behind physical education, studying the body systems, components of fitness, and psychology of sport.  


At Barclay Academy, we offer Key Stage 4 students the option of studying for either a GCSE in PE (for which we follow the Pearson specification), or for the Cambridge National Award. Both courses incorporate theoretical knowledge and practical application, and students will be examined through a combination of coursework, examinations and practical skills. They will develop their theoretical knowledge of sport, theories and physiology in the classroom, and work upon their practical ability within the core weekly PE lessons studied by all students.


For students wishing to pursue further their studies in PE and sport science, we offer the Extended Certificate in Sport BTEC, a rigorous vocational course that is equivalent to one A Level. The course offers students the opportunity to explore wider themes relating to the sports and fitness industries, and topics studied might include anatomy and physiology, fitness and wellbeing, sport and business, and sports leadership.


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