Plymstock PE Department is well resourced for delivery of the National Curriculum at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5, having a gymnasium, two sportshalls, fitness suite and a dance studio. Outdoor facilities include a newly built state of the art 3G artificial playing surface, 1 rugby pitch, and 2 hard play areas, one which is floodlit with inset goals.
Our facilities have undergone extensive refurbishment over the past few years. These include a new changing room block. The department prides itself on its total commitment to the development of each student in the school both physically and socially. In the summer there are 10 tennis courts, numerous rounders pitches and an 8 lane 300m track.
At Key Stage 3 the curriculum has recently undergone an extensive review, which will allow students a greater amount of time exploring individual units of work. The revised schemes of work and, more importantly, the units of work cover the main areas of the National Curriculum framework. These include athletics, dance, games, and gymnastics.
In Key Stage 4 all students have 2 x 60 minutes of PE a week and there is an extensive range of off-site activities, especially in Year 11. A sample of these activities include aerobics, fitness at a neighbouring club, ice-skating, skiing, snowboarding, ten-pin bowling, snooker, squash and surfing. The participation of students at both Key Stages is very high and this is testament to the varied programme on offer. As part of the Sports College initiatives students are also able to gain additional accreditation whilst participating at Key Stage 4 through the sports award scheme, Young Footballers Leaders and Young Netball Leaders which are delivered on-site.
The Physical Education Department is justifiably proud of the extensive range of early morning breakfast clubs and after school sporting activities that are available to the students. The variety of sporting activities are not entirely based around the elite performers as many of the activities are for recreation and personal improvement.
Clubs and activities that are offered include, Basketball, Breakdance/Hip Hop, Boys and Girls Football and Hockey, Cheerleading, Dance, Netball, Trampolining and many more.
Overall, the Physical Education Department is a hardworking, dedicated, and highly professional team, which has high expectations not only for the students but of themselves as well. We consider ourselves to be at the forefront of physical education, and work closely with the higher education institutions in the local area.