Physical Education

Head of Department: Mr J Gilbert

‘Sport for ALL Sport for LIFE’

The Department will support, contribute and complement the aims of the school. We encourage all learners at the Academy to experience the many aspects of sport and physical activity available to them that provide the enjoyment required for lifelong participation which then contributes to leading healthy active lifestyles.

Every pupil will have access to Physical Education at Oldershaw and can only benefit from this. No barriers will be formed based on sex, race, religion, culture or ability. The Philosophy is that sport/physical activity is a positive lifestyle choice for everyone.

Through a bespoke curriculum, learners will be encouraged to develop their own abilities so they can enjoy sport and physical activity as we guide them on their different pathways towards achieving future happiness and academic success.

Pupils will be challenged, through differentiation, in all three components of Physical Education i.e. Physical Competence, Thinking, and Social/Emotional. Our aim for our learners is to provide an ambitious curriculum with depth and breadth which allows:

  • learners to choose to engage in physical activity in school and in daily life
  • learners to develop the confidence and competence to join in physical activities to support health and fitness
  • learners to choose to lead healthy active lifestyles
  • learners to build in character and embed the values of fairness and respect
  • learners to succeed and excel in competitive sport and physically demanding activities

Each learner will be taught the benefits of a healthy and active lifestyle through structured core programmes in Key Stage 3 and leading into more option choices by the end of Key Stage 4. The role of the department is to foster each individual, so that when they come to make a choice about health and physical activity, it is an informed and educated one.

In year 8 and year 11 learners can opt to take formal qualifications in PE/Sport which they would start in year 9 and 12 respectively (in addition to core PE)

Level 2 courses:

  • GCSE PE (Edexcel)
  • Cambridge Nationals in Sports Science (OCR)

Level 3 course

  • BTEC National in Sport

For further information regarding the above courses, please look at the separate links which will provide course content, how the courses are assessed and what they can lead to.

Cultural Capital

The Academies core values of Pride, Kindness and Resilience are embedded thoroughly within the PE curriculum. The PE department are fully committed to extra-curricular provision and prides itself in the opportunities available to Oldershaw pupils. We look to foster self-esteem and encourage learners to understand the importance of morals, ethics and an appreciation of what they can and cannot do.

We run clubs and teams in a variety of sports and activities as well as numerous trips and visits including our annual sports holiday to Europe. Every year we host many primary activities and sports days providing our pupils will valuable leadership and organisational skills. There is an annual Sports Activity Day in July which involves EVERY pupil in the school as well as inter-form sports and athletics competitions.

The Physical Education curriculum has enabled our learners to:

  • Lead healthy active lifestyles and develop a passion for sport and exercise and lifelong participation.
  • Achieve qualifications in GCSE PE/OCR Sports Science/LEVEL 3 BTEC National in Sport and A Level PE
  • Enter further and higher education at LJMU, Edge Hill, Chester, Wirral Met College, and Leeds to study courses ranging from Sport and Exercise Sciences, Sports Coaching, Sports Development, PGCE/PGDE in Secondary Education
  • Establish careers in coaching, teaching, leisure management and professional sports (including an England women’s football player)
The Oldershaw School
Valkyrie Road, Wallasey
Wirral CH45 4RJ
T: 0151 638 2800 E: Principal: Mr J Bush