Physical Education

 

 

All pupils, at all age groups, are encouraged to take part in sport at Ratcliffe College. Traditional team sports are seen as a vital part of Ratcliffe life and the development of our pupils. Competitive fixtures take place throughout the week, home and away.

There are also a wide variety of other activities available, either during P.E. lessons, games lessons, or during after-school clubs.

All pupils are taught by dedicated P.E. staff who hold a wide range of interests and specialisms. There are seven members of the P.E. department who are assisted by Sports Graduates throughout the year, and ably supported by staff of other academic disciplines who help to run our many teams.

As well as our staple team sports of Rugby, Hockey, Cricket, Netball and Rounders, other opportunities available include orienteering, equestrian, tennis, football, volleyball, health related exercise, gymnastics, trampoline, athletics, swimming and life-saving. Extra-curricular clubs offer more specialist activities such as fencing, table tennis, running, squash, dance and Tae Kwon Do.

Curriculum Programme

Games Lessons

Girls’ Sport

The major sports for the girls at Ratcliffe College are hockey, netball, rounders and tennis. There are also fixtures run on a regular basis in a number of other activities such as athletics, cross-country, swimming and equestrian events.

The games lessons focus on the major team sports. P.E. lessons broaden our students’ experience of a wide range of activities covering the major areas as outlined in the National Curriculum. The following activities are covered in P.E. lessons:

Year 7 – Athletics, orienteering, gymnastics, swimming, and badminton.

Year 8 – Athletics, team-building, handball,  health-related fitness and swimming.

Year 9 – Athletics, trampolining, swimming/lifesaving, health-related fitness and volleyball.

Year 10 – No PE.

Years 11-13 – Students in these years take part in the major team games. Those not involved in squads enjoy a varied programme including the fitness suite, swimming, dance, aerobics, self-defence, cross-country running, squash, badminton and basketball.

Boys’ Sport

The major sports for the boys at Ratcliffe College are rugby, hockey and cricket. There are also fixtures run on a regular basis in a number of other activities including football, athletics, cross-country, swimming, tennis, golf, squash and basketball.

Games lessons focus on our major team sports. P.E. lessons broaden our students’ experience through a wide range of activities covering the major areas as outlined in the National Curriculum. The following activities are covered in P.E. lessons:

Year 7 – Athletics, orienteering, gymnastics, swimming, badminton and tennis

Year 8 – Athletics, team-building, handball,  health-related fitness, swimming and tennis.

Year 9 – Athletics, gymnastics, swimming/lifesaving, health-related fitness, volleyball and tennis.

Year 10 – No PE.

Years 11-13 – Students in these years take part in the major team games. Those not involved in the squads enjoy a varied programme including football, fitness suite, swimming, dance, aerobics, self-defence, cross-country running, squash, badminton and basketball.

Academic Programme

A level P.E. – OCR

A Level P.E. is an interesting course with a diverse content.  This enables students to appreciate the physiological, psychological and sociological issues that underpin both mass participation and elite athlete development both on and off the field. It provides a foundation for students who wish to develop their understanding of the world of sport in order to progress to a sports related course at university or as a basis for many scientific or humanities courses. 

At AS-level two modules are studied:

  • Theory (60%): Anatomy and Physiology, Acquisition of Skill and Socio- Cultural Issues relating to participation in physical activity.  A written 2 hour exam paper.
  • Practical (40%) – This is made up of two sports of your choice (20%) and a verbal Analysis of Performance (10%) based on your main sport.

At A2-level further modules are studied:

  • Theory (70%): Exercise Physiology, History of Sport and Psychology of Sport culminating in written paper of 2 hour 30 mins.
  • Practical (30%) – This is made up of one sport of your choice (20%) and includes a verbal observation and analysis based on your main sport including a synoptic analysis (10%).

GCSE – AQA

Students can choose to study for a GCSE in P.E. as one of their option subjects at Key Stage 4. We use the AQA specification which gives the students an opportunity to study both the theoretical and practical aspects of P.E. The students develop an understanding of the different cultural factors that affect performance, better health and well-being.

The theory unit is worth 60% and consists of the following topic areas:

  • The skeletal, muscular, respiratory and circulatory systems
  • Fitness and training
  • Factors affecting participation
  • Cultural and social factors

The 2 hour written paper consists of:

Section A

  • multiple choice – worth 10 marks
  • short answer questions – worth 30 marks

Section B

  • Extended written answers based on a scenario issued several weeks beforehand – worth 40 marks
  • Practical assessment (worth 60%) takes place in a variety of sports from at least two of the following activity groups with 4 sets of marks submitted to the exam board:
    • Games
    • Gymnastics
    • Athletics
    • Outdoor and adventurous activities including aquatics
    • Safe and effective exercise

Students’ lessons are a mix of theory and practical lessons and they are expected to be a member of one of two school teams which will contribute to their overall grade as well as the sporting life of the school.

A dedicated classroom with lots of visual displays and staff teaching to their specialisms encourages the students to develop a wide range of study and interpersonal skills to develop their knowledge and understanding.

High grades are achieved at A level with the % of A* – C at over 75% whilst the GCSE pass rate is consistently over 90%.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Physical Education plays an important part in the extra-curricular programme. A major emphasis of the programme is the pursuit of excellence and school representation in the major sports teams, which include rugby, boys’ and girls’ hockey, netball, football, cricket, tennis, swimming and athletics. Ratcliffe has a strong reputation for the quality of its sports teams and all students are encouraged to join in.

It is a well-established fact that physical exercise is extremely beneficial for those who wish to succeed in their studies, and the facilities at the school allow plenty of opportunities for students to get involved with the busy sporting programme.

Set within a beautiful 100-acre estate, the school’s facilities are excellent. We have:

  • A fully kitted sports hall with five badminton courts, basketball court, netball court and a dedicated squash court
  • A fitness suite, containing brand new cardio-vascular and resistance training machines and a free weights section
  • Tennis & Netball courts
  • A wide range of high quality rugby, cricket, football and rounders pitches
  • Indoor and Outdoor cricket nets
  • A heated, indoor 25-metre swimming pool.
  • Two floodlit, all-weather Astroturf pitches for hockey
  • Newly constructed tartan Athletics track

Staff

Miss Amanda Stafford, Acting Head of Sport, Head of Summer Sports astafford@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Mrs Anne Taylor, Head of Academic PE, Head of Netball ataylor@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Mr Martin Kaye, Head of Rugby mkaye@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Mr Nigel Taylor, Head of Year 12 ntaylor@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Mr Edward Woodcock, Head of Cricket ewoodcock@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Mr Phil Gilchrist, Boarding House Master pgilchrist@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Mr Danny Willcock, Head of Hockey dwillcock@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Miss Chrissy Papadopoulou, Teacher of PE cpapadopoulou@ratcliffe.leics.sch.uk
Miss Rebecca Lowe, Graduate Assistant
Miss Heidi Bray, Graduate Assistant
Mr Nick Cairns, Graduate Assistant
Mr Lewis Robinson, Graduate Assistant