Sports & PE

Staff

  • Mr M. Wilson (Head of Department)
  • Mr S. Newell (Head of Year 7)
  • Mr J. Offer (Head of Year 9)
  • Mr B. Pickard (Head of Year 12/13)
  • Mr B. Rooney (Sixth-form Enrichment Coordinator)
  • Mr R. Smith (Head of Year 12/13)
  • Mr A. Wilkinson (Assistant Head)

Department vision and aims

Our vision

We will provide a safe, stimulating, enjoyable environment where all students flourish, achieve their potential and are equipped to meet the challenges of the future.

Our aims

To deliver a balanced curriculum that is designed to match the full range of students’ needs and to ensure highly effective continuity and progression in their learning.

To provide highly positive experiences that promote positive participation in physical education and enable students to develop their self-esteem, resilience and respect for others.

To provide ample opportunity for students to be physically active, think for themselves, take the initiative and work constructively with others within competitive sports and physical activities.

To reinforce the notion that PE and sport are an important part of a healthy, active lifestyle.

Resources

The Department benefits from the use of a 3G football pitch, which is used for multiple activities throughout the year. Governors’ Field incorporates 2 grass football pitches (1 senior and 1 junior) and a senior rugby pitch. Remarking in the summer provides us with a 200m grass track and a 100m straight to use in athletics lessons, as well as grids to accommodate throwing events. There is also a cricket pitch marked out in the summer terms, with an artificial wicket. The school also has 2 outdoor tennis and basketball courts.

The indoor space available for PE lessons and sports clubs consists of a sports hall complete with markings for basketball, netball, volleyball, futsal and 4 badminton courts and a smaller hall with 7 table tennis tables and gymnastics apparatus. We are also very fortunate to have access to a fitness suite with a range of cardiovascular and resistance equipment and 2 classrooms equipped with student computers.

Schemes of Work

Key Stage 3 core PE

Key Stage 3 students are timetabled for 2 hours of PE per week, during which they will participate in the following activities:

  • Athletics
  • Basketball
  • Carre’s ball (a multi-skill invasion game of our own design)
  • Cricket
  • Football
  • Handball
  • Health-related education
  • Rugby
  • Softball
  • Swimming (Year 8 only)
  • Table tennis
  • Volleyball

Students are assessed 1-9 in each activity at the end of each unit. Assessment grades for each activity are based on the class teacher’s prediction of the potential grade that a student could achieve in that activity at the end of Year 11, if they were assessed using the GCSE PE performance criteria.

Results for each activity are added to an internal tracker and an overall level of progress is reported at appropriate review points for each student in relation to their target learning pathway in PE. The overall level of progress for each student is based on the 3 highest scores that fulfil the following criteria: at least 1 score must come from a team sport and at least 1 score must come from an individual sport/activity. This mirrors the assessment process used in GCSE PE.

Key Stage 4 core PE

The curriculum in Key Stage 4 is primarily designed to offer students the opportunity to further develop the skills and knowledge introduced during the broad curriculum experienced in Key Stage 3, whilst also maintaining high levels of enthusiasm and engagement. In practice, this means students are consulted and have a role in selecting which sports they would like to pursue in Years 10 and 11. It is hoped that this allows them to pursue activities or sports that they enjoy, whilst also allowing them to develop higher levels of skills and knowledge. The PE Department have found this method of delivery to be very successful in maintaining high levels of participation and engagement in an age group that can sometimes become disaffected in PE.

Lessons will typically be based around participation in games, which are used to maintain high levels of enjoyment, participation, and high activity levels. In the vast majority of lessons, games will be used to emphasise the application or use of a particular skill or tactic, with teachers guiding or structuring the game to provide more opportunity for this to occur. The use of decision-making skills under the conditions of small-sided games also places students in more demanding situations that enable greater learning and understanding.

Key Stage 4 examination PE

We offer two separate pathways for students wishing to pursue a sport-related examination course as part of their KS4 study. The two courses we offer are as follows:

Course Title: GCSE Physical Education (AQA)

What will I study?

Written Paper 1: The human body and movement in physical activity and sport

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data

How will I be assessed?

  • 30% of total marks
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 78 marks
  • Combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Written Paper 2: Socio-cultural influences and well-being in physical activity and sport

  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being
  • Use of data

How will I be assessed?

  • 30% of total marks
  • 1 hour 15 minutes
  • 78 marks
  • Combination of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions

Practical performance in physical activity and sport

  • One assessment must be in a team sport or activity, one assessment must be in an individual sport or activity and a third can be from either an individual or team sport or activity
  • Activities can only be chosen from the list detailed in the AQA GCSE PE specification

How will I be assessed?

  • 40% of total marks
  • 100 marks
  • Internally assessed
  • Externally moderated

What skills/qualities are required?

  • Effective communication through group discussion and written work
  • Numeracy skills through collection, analysis and interpretation of health and fitness data
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Practical sports ability via individual performance.

It is strongly advised that only people with a strong sporting background pursue GCSE PE. Weak practical performers will not be able to access the higher grades now that the list of practical activities has been reduced and students can no longer be assessed as a coach or official.

How will I learn?

Five lessons per week split between theory and practical lessons as appropriate.

How will I be assessed?

60% Exams (two written papers)

40% Practical assessments

Where could it lead?

The skills and qualities that you will develop during the course are transferable, and highly sought in Higher Education and the workplace.

Additional Information

GCSE PE is the ideal preparation for A Level PE and for any sport related BTEC. It is the perfect starting point for any student interested in a career in the Sport and Leisure Industry.

Further information about the course can be found via the following link: https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/gcse

Course Title: Level 1/2 Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science (OCR)

This qualification is the equivalent to a GCSE and uses both internal and external assessment. Practical ability will not contribute towards your overall grade, which is why it offers an excellent opportunity for those students with an interest in sport that do not possess the breadth or depth of practical ability required to access the top grades on the GCSE PE course.

What will I study?

The Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science offer students the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles, and psychology in sport and sports performance.

There is only 1 theory paper to sit in this qualification (to assess Unit R041), which is worth 25% of total marks. At Carre’s, students will be entered for the theory paper at the end of Year 10, with the option to resit in the January should they underachieve in their first attempt.

All other units will be assessed through centre assessed tasks, which will be moderated by the exam board, OCR. Students will work towards their centre assessed tasks with guidance from their teacher and will collate a piece of coursework for each unit. For example, in Unit RO42: Applying principles of training, students will develop a fitness programme and use fitness tests to evaluate its effectiveness.

How will I be assessed?

You will complete the following 4 units of study:

  • Unit R041: Reducing the risk of sports injuries - Written Paper (1 hour) – 60 marks
  • Unit R042: Applying principles of training – Centre assessed task; OCR moderated
  • Unit R044: Sport psychology – Centre assessed task; OCR moderated
  • Unit R046: Technology in sport - Centre assessed task; OCR moderated

What skills/qualities are required?

  • Effective communication through group discussion and written work
  • Numeracy skills through collection, analysis and interpretation of health and fitness data
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team

How will I learn?

This sport qualification offers learners the chance to develop different types of skills through practical means wherever possible; communication, problem solving, team working, evaluation and analysis, performing under pressure, and formulating written findings from practical investigation are all transferable skills which can be learned and assessed through this qualification and utilised in many other educational and employment settings.

The qualification has been designed with practical and engaging ways of teaching in mind and enables learners to:

  • Develop a range of skills through involvement in sport and physical activity in different contexts and roles
  • Develop their ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations
  • Gain a better understanding of the complexity of different areas of sport and the sports industry
  • Increase their awareness of different ways to stay involved in sport and physical activity and of different careers and roles within sport.

Where could it lead?

The skills and qualities that you will develop during the course are transferable, and highly sought in Higher Education and the workplace.

Additional Information

The Cambridge National Certificate in Sport Science (OCR) is the ideal preparation for any sport-related Level 3 qualification. It is the perfect starting point for any student interested in a career in the Sport and Leisure Industry.

Further information about the course can be found via the following link: https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/cambridge-nationals/sport-science-level-1-2-j802-j812/

Key Stage 5 enrichment

Sixth-form enrichment on a Wednesday afternoon offers KS5 students the chance to participate in a range of sports and enjoy free use of the Fitness Suite. There are also regular football, rugby, basketball, netball and cricket fixtures against other schools.

Key Stage 5 examination PE

To mirror the KS4 provision, we also offer different pathways for students wishing to pursue a sport-related examination course as part of their KS5 study. The courses we offer are as follows:

  • A-level Physical Education
  • Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity
  • Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity

Additional information about each of the courses listed above can be found in the Sleaford Joint Sixth Form Prospectus, which can be accessed here.

Extra-curricular sporting opportunities

Results, achievements and other relevant information about our extra-curricular sports programme can be found on Twitter @Carressport.

Football

Carre’s has established an excellent reputation nationally for their football teams having enjoyed some fantastic runs in the ESFA U18 Schools’ Trophy in recent years. Several hundred teams from the length and breadth of the country enter this competition each year and we have reached one final (2008/09), three semi-finals (2004/05, 2006/07 and 2013/14) and three quarter-finals (2007/08, 2010/11 & 2016/17). We were also semi-finalists in the ESFA U16 Schools’ Cup in 2008/09 and quarter-finalists in 2009/10.

Until very recently, a Carre’s team had yet to achieve the ultimate goal of winning a national competition. All that changed in 2018/19 when our U16 team were crowned champions in the ESFA U16 Elite Schools’ Cup, beating Thomas Telford School on penalties at Manchester City’s Academy Stadium. A fantastic achievement for a small grammar school in Lincolnshire!


 

Our football teams compete at district, county and national level at all age groups and also run B teams to provide opportunities for more boys to represent the school. Training sessions run as part of our extra-curricular programme and these are open to boys of all abilities.

Each year we nominate our best players to trial for the Lincolnshire Schools’ representative sides, with Paul Holland and Tom Siddons two examples of ex-students that have progressed along this pathway to win caps for England Schoolboys.

It is hoped that each student has the opportunity to accompany a football tour in their time at the school. Recent years have seen Carre’s teams grace the pitches of Eindhoven, Paris, Porto, Barcelona and Manchester.

Rugby Union

Carre’s run teams at all age groups and compete at district and county level. We also compete at national level in the RFU NatWest Schools’ Vase at U15 and U18.

In 2013/14, Ben Dixon became the first Carre’s student to represent England in the sport when he was selected to play for the U18 Counties side. Oliver Chessum picked up the baton in 2018/19 when he also won international caps and had the honour of captaining the side.

It is hoped that each student has the opportunity to accompany a rugby tour with the school during their time with us. South Africa was the destination in 2009 and in July 2014 the U16 side enjoyed a fantastic trip to Australia. Several age groups also got the chance to tour Ireland in 2015. The planned tour to South Africa in 2020 succumbed to the Coronavirus pandemic, but it is hoped that we can run it in 2021 instead.

Please note that all tours need a certain number of students to sign up in order to make them financially viable. There are occasions when planned tours do not generate the required level of interest. If this is the case, staff will explore the feasibility of an alternative location, but it is possible that proposed tours do not go ahead at all.

Basketball

The profile of basketball continues to rise at Carre’s and we enter the district and county competitions at all age groups.

Having enjoyed consistent success on the county stage, 2012/13 saw us compete at national level for the first time in several years. We continue to field some of the strongest teams in Lincolnshire at all age groups, and selected teams are entered into national competitions each year.

You can follow the progress of our teams on Twitter @CGSbasketball

Volleyball

Carre’s is the most prominent school in Lincolnshire for volleyball, with students enjoying the use of our exceptional facilities and benefiting from a high level of teacher expertise.

Alongside experiencing the sport through its place on the Key Stage 3 curriculum, students build upon their understanding and enjoyment through extra-curricular clubs and competitions. Almost all of the volleyball competition across Lincolnshire is organised through Carre’s with competitions for Under-16, Under-15 and Under 13 predominantly held here.

The after-school club has been one of the most popular on the rota, occasionally exceeding 30 students. The PE Department’s vision for volleyball is to establish an Under-18 team capable of playing in the local Development League, whilst continuing to introduce students to the game lower down in the school and driving county competition in these age groups.

Golf

Carre’s have built a strong golfing reputation in the county after winning the Lincolnshire Schools’ Team Championships multiple times in recent years. Strong and productive links have been forged with the Lincolnshire Schools’ Gold Association, Sleaford Gold Club and South Kyme Golf Club, all of which have enabled our students to benefit from coaching and competition in the school setting. Several students have gone on to represent Lincolnshire Schools, with Oliver Harrod, Jake Craddock and Will Hopkins earning the right to represent England Schools. Hopkins is currently completing his education at Kansas State University having secured a place on their golf programme after leaving Carre’s.

Netball

Now that girls are welcomed to Carre’s in the sixth form we run an U19 team that enter district and county competitions and play a full programme of fixtures from September until April. This includes matches against schools in the independent sector, with the girls given plenty of opportunities to test their skills against the strongest teams in the local area. We have won through to the Regional Championships twice in the last 3 years, proving that we can compete with the best that the East Midlands has to offer. The team also play in the Sisters in Sport National Cup.

The students show a very high level of commitment to the netball programme and all abilities are welcomed and catered for. Three particular highlights of the calendar are the games versus the staff, the boys and the past students.

Cricket

Cricket is the school’s main summer sport and we compete at district and county level.

Philosophy

The school promotes excellence in PE and sport, but also participation. We are concerned with the development of the many, rather than the few. We offer a wide range of additional extra-curricular activities including table tennis, tennis, badminton, gymnastics and swimming. Students of all abilities are encouraged to take advantage of the extra-curricular programme and we also look to offer some non-traditional sports such as dodgeball and kinball for those that are not keen on the more mainstream activities.

Student leadership is viewed as an integral part of extra-curricular sport at Carre’s. Students have the opportunity to gain nationally recognised qualifications (Level 1-2 Awards in Sports Leadership) and are given responsibility in several leadership capacities within the extra-curricular sports programme. The House competitions are run predominantly by students, with a lot of responsibility being given to the Head Boy or Girl of Sport. Students often assist with the coaching of younger age groups, which helps to extend provision, develop the leadership skills of the older students and provide role-models for those lower down the school.

The school has fantastic links with many of the local sports clubs and we strive to promote suitable opportunities for our students to participate in sport and physical activity outside of the school environment.

We are constantly striving to maximise opportunities for our students and we run a comprehensive House Sport system. Teams from Bristol, Carre, Lafford and Welby compete in a variety of sporting events including the annual Sports Day at the Princess Royal Athletics Stadium in Boston. All students in Year 7-10 are involved in this competition each year and it is always a fantastic way to end the term.