The Physical Education Department at Arrow Vale is an ‘Outstanding’ department that is very well received by students. This, as well as our outstanding facilities, allows us to focus upon helping drive achievement and standards up in PE and across the curriculum.
Throughout our Core PE Curriculum, we ensure that all students participate in 2 lessons of high-quality PE each week delivered by our outstanding teachers within the department.
In Year 9 & Year 10 the students follow a programme of sporting activities ranging from football, netball, rugby, trampolining, handball and outdoor education to name just a few. Students are grouped based on their practical ability and performance at the start of each year. In Year 11, the students also access 2 lessons of Core PE time, however they get to choose their preferred pathway. This involves; Competitive pathway, Aesthetic pathway, Health & Fitness pathway and Leisure pathway. The curriculum allows the students to not only become and improve as performers and official but also to be reflective learners, improve their self confidence and esteem and make healthy lifestyle choices that can be transferred into later life.
Exam Qualifications in PE
At Key Stage 4 in Year 10 & 11 we offer a BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Sport. Students can transition fluidly to our Key Stage 5 qualification. At Key Stage 5 in Year 12 & 13 we deliver a BTEC National Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport. Both qualifications set students up to be in a fantastic position to be able to pursue their next step in their career pathway, whether that be the world of work or onto University.
As the school day ends at the Academy, the PE department is a hive of activity providing further learning experiences for our students outside the classroom with activities such as football, netball, basketball, rugby and trampolining to name a few.
As a department, we plan and deliver the Academy’s annual Sports Fest. The annual event is a celebration of all the hard work and efforts of the students not only in PE, but most importantly throughout the academic school year as representatives of our school community. We host a range of traditional events such as sprints, relay races and throwing events. As well as a whole range of alternative zone activity areas such as an inflatable zone, festival zone and the super sport zone. The day gives everyone an opportunity to have fun, enjoy and celebrate all their hard work whilst competing and representing in their houses to contribute to the school ethos and community spirit.
Arrow Vale Leadership Academy & Redditch Schools Sports Partnership
Arrow Vale works closely with our partner middle and first schools to enhance sporting opportunities and is at the centre of collaboration between all schools in the district and has ensured access is available for all Students to increase their participation in competitive and recreational sport.
Arrow Vale is the base for the Redditch Schools Sports Partnership. The partnership consists of working with all 40 schools, sports clubs and communities in Redditch, to increase and enhance the PE and School Sports opportunities for all young people. The Partnership has successfully promoted intra and inter-school competition in first, middle and high schools, whilst also developing strong links with the sporting community and local clubs.
Arrow Vale PE department support the partnership through working together where our trained Sports Leaders from our Leadership Academy assist with the planning and smooth running of the inter-school events that the local schools attend on site at Arrow Vale throughout the calendar year. These events range from Sports Hall Athletics, New Age Kurling, Football Tournaments and many more. Our Sports Leadership Academy members have specific training which supports the effective delivery of these leadership events, with students having the opportunity to lead at pyramid, district and county level.
Barclay’s Girls Football School Partnership
Another proud achievement is that we are one of the 226 schools that are part of the Barclays Girls Football School Partnership’s which has been set up to drive the girls game forward and champion the vision of equal access to football opportunities for girls as well as boys.
Please see the drop-down menus for more in depth information on both our Core PE and Exam based curriculum options.
Please feel free to visit the department Twitter account @ArrowValePe to see more of the day to day running of the PE Department.
Thank you for your time and hopefully you have enjoyed the insight to the PE Department here at Arrow Vale.
Director of Learning and Standards – Sport/PE
Miss C Rawson