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Subject Overview: The PE Department aims to provide our students with a curriculum consisting of a wide range of activities that encourage pupils to engage in a life long interest in physical activity. Physical Education and Sport provides pupils with skills that can be transferred to life outside school such as teamwork, cooperation and also develop their analytical skills in both the practical and theory setting of GCSE and A-level PE.

What we cover in each year group:    

Between years 7 and 9 pupils will learn and develop their skills in a number of different activities, including those they may be familiar with from primary school, such as football, netball and handball -  as well as some potentially new activities such as outdoor and adventurous activities, handball, table tennis, dance, and rugby. GCSE – at GCSE we follow the Edexcel exam board, which requires students to sit two exams. The course covers applied anatomy and physiology, movement analysis, physical training use of data, health, sport psychology, socio-cultural studies as well as health, fitness and wellbeing. Pupils are assessed for three sporting activities, of which one sport must be a team sport (for example football), and one must be an individual (for example tennis). At A-Level students follow the OCR syllabus. This involves the study of applied anatomy and physiology, sport and society, contemporary issues in sport, exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition and sport psychology. Our pupils are assessed in one activity across the two years of A-level study, and are also required to complete a detailed evaluation and analysis of performance as part of their overall practical grade. Studying the GCSE, and especially the A-level course can prepare our students for a wide range of occupations linked to the world of sport from physiotherapy to sports journalism. Many of our pupils use their qualifications gained at Douay Martyrs to go on to university into further education.

Qualifications and pathways: GCSE and A Level

Enrichment opportunities: We offer an extensive programme of extracurricular activities such as after school and lunch clubs throughout the academic year, giving our pupils the opportunity to further improve upon their skills gathered in lesson time. Pupils also have the option of representing the school in many activities in order to compete against pupils from other local and regional schools. Throughout the year pupils are able to attend extracurricular clubs in activities including Netball, Football, Cricket, Rounders, Basketball, Rugby and Table Tennis. The department have a good record in competitions entered in each of these activities over the years, including both local borough tournaments, as well as county tournaments against other schools in Middlesex. In addition to our extracurricular comittments, we have also taken pupils on trips to Lee Valley velodrome, and Lord’s cricket ground in recognition of their comittments and attitude towards curriculum and extracurricular PE