During Physical Education lessons pupils will cover a range of activities from the National Curriculum. Netball, hockey, football, rugby, softball, cricket, trampolining, gymnastics, rounders, rock climbing, fitness and athletics are just some of the sports we offer.
Leadership plays a vital role in all aspects of the Physical Education Department and pupils are encouraged to take up a leadership role during lessons and also during their study on theory courses. This includes running small tournaments for primary schools, organising sessions for pupils lower down the school and helping out in residentials. Physical Education facilities include the sports hall, gymnasium, state of the art fitness suite, rock climbing facility and ICT suite.
The department also offers a range of extracurricular activities for all sports throughout all seasons, whilst competing against other schools around Leeds in friendlies and in leagues. Trips out are very popular and these have included ice skating, trips to Holland for the Football team, with Outdoor Education trips to Yeadon Tarn and residentials to London to see the Emirates Stadium. We also look forward to excursions to Leeds Utd to see the stadium and watch evening games.
Courses in PE
Key Stage 4
- GCSE PE (OCR)
- BTEC Level 2 Award in Sport (Edexcel)
Term By Term Schemes of Work
For further information on the curriculum offered please contact Laura Singleton, firstname.lastname@example.org (Head of PE)
The Physical Education and Sport Faculty includes eight Physical Education specialists. Two members of the Physical Education staff are members of the Senior Leadership Team. Five members of the department have a Master’s degree in education, where their studies have been focused on improving the Physical Education needs of the students at Leeds West Academy. The Faculty also benefits from the support of a dedicated fully qualified teacher to deliver high-quality Physical Education lessons and competitions to our local partnership Primary Schools.
Mr A Long is the Curriculum Leader who has taught at Leeds West Academy since 2004 and Miss L Singleton is the Assistant Curriculum Leader who has taught at taught at the Academy since 2013.
A wide range of competitive, recreational and fitness activities are offered to pupils of all ages and abilities. The school participates in more than 140 inter-school fixtures annually and has experienced considerable success at city level.
The main sports played competitively are Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Netball, Rugby League & Union (via our partnership with the RFU), Table Tennis and Rounders. There is a very high uptake of students opting to use the school Fitness Suite.
The academy has an outstanding Cheerleading provision. The “Starlight” team train most nights and this this dedication has proved very rewarding with competition success in England and Europe.
Details of sports activities which take place outside of school hours can be found on the link pages: Extra Curriculum Timetable.
The Faculty of PE and Sport is involved in teaching the National Curriculum and a range of other work-related and examination courses. All pupils at Key Stages 3 receive a minimum of two hours Physical Education every week. In Key stage 4 students receive one hour of Physical Education every week. Key Stage 3 is taught in single sex groups. Key Stage 4 is taught in a combination of mixed and single sex groups, this is dependant upon the choice of activity students choose to opt in to.
Key Stage 3
Pupils participate in the activity areas of Athletics, Dance, Gymnastics, Games (Football, Netball, Rugby, Softball, Basketball, Tennis, Badminton, Table Tennis, Rounders), Climbing and Health Related Fitness. Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 participate in our annual Sports Day. 2017 sees the launch of the new intra-form sporting challenges. Each term will focus on a different sport, with points to be gained towards the “in house” challenge.
Key Stage 4
Pupils can participate in the following activity areas: Athletics, Dance, Trampoline, Games (as for Key Stage 3) and Specific Fitness Activities. In addition to this pupils also have an opportunity to obtain the Young Leaders Award (Level 1).
In additional time (three hours a week), GCSE Physical Education is also offered to pupils in Year 9. The A*-C pass rate is consistently around 85%. The BTEC First Diploma in Sport is also offered to pupils in Year 9. The pass rate for Distinction* to a Level 2 pass is 100%, with 40%+ receiving a Distinction* or Distinction. The uptake of both of these subjects is extremely high with 40% of each year group opting for the subject. Off-site facilities used in this Key Stage include Mountain Biking.
Cluster Primary School Work
As part of a locally agreed partnership deal a fully qualified PE teacher from Leeds West Academy actively works alongside colleagues in nine local primary schools to help raise their level of provision and quality of PE. Each of these schools receive two hours per week of support, with the aim of increasing primary schools staff subject knowledge and confidence in teaching PE. Staff twilight training sessions are also held throughout the year to provide further CPD opportunities. Weekly events and competitions are also organised by Leeds West Academy to provide both competitive and non-competitive participation opportunities for primary school children. These events also provide great opportunities for Young Sports Leaders from Leeds West Academy to gain valuable experience through volunteering. Last year there were over 30 events held at Leeds West Academy providing opportunities for children from across both KS1&2 to take part. As well as participating in most mainstream sports children also had the opportunity to try lesser known sports such as boccia and goalball.