Governor Visit (PE) – 17th May 2021
As link governor for PE, it was a pleasure to visit the department and meet with the Head of PE, Mr Bridgens, just before half-term.
We discussed the experience of remote learning for PE during this year’s lockdown in January – March. Most PE lessons involved a task or challenge being set for students, such as a run, work-out or bike ride. Students were encouraged to track their activities on apps such as Strava and send these into school. Mr Bridgens was delighted with the students’ engagement with these activities – the vast majority of students downloaded and completed the challenges. The staff were pleased to find that when the students returned to school they were not noticeably less fit, which confirmed their impression that students had been positively engaging in physical activity during the lockdown.
GCSE and A Level theoretical lessons were successfully taught online, enabling teachers to gather robust evidence to support the students’ centre assessed grades. Sources such as the A Level oral presentations and GCSE coursework have also been used to ensure that the students grades accurately reflect their attainment.
Since the return to school, a busy schedule of inter-house matches has replaced the usual fixture list, which had to be cancelled when off-site visits stopped due to Covid restrictions. Students have enjoyed inter-house matches in cricket, touch rugby, rounders, netball, dodgeball and hockey and teachers have seen a pleasing level of participation, including many students who have previously not participated in extra-curricular sport.
The PE department said goodbye to our Year 11 leavers with an evening of staff v students cricket and rounders. Honours were shared, with the staff taking the win in the cricket, but the students having the upper hand in the rounders!
Dr Vicky Hardwick, Community Governor