Welcome to PE at Bridgewater School, where students not only have the opportunity to develop their individual sporting ability and tactical awareness in a range of team and solo pursuits such as football, netball, badminton, trampolining, athletics and hockey, but also enhance skills of leadership, self-discipline, teamwork and communication.
In Key Stage 3, each student enjoys two 1-hour lessons per week, both indoors and outdoors, utilising our state-of-the-art sports complex, all-weather 3G pitch and rear sports field. In Year 7, students also have the opportunity to complete a Bikeability course aimed at improving their bike handling skills and road awareness.
As a school we encourage and inspire all our students to explore a wide range of extra-curricular interests and the PE department leads a range of lunchtime and after-school clubs which caters for recreational participation and school team activities. Students have the opportunity to compete at the highest level and represent Bridgewater in a range of sporting competitions throughout the academic year, regionally and nationally, in Salford Schools competitions, specialist tournaments and ISA organised events. Sporting trips have included weekend residentials for netball as well as weeks away on European netball and football tours to Malaga, multi-sports activity trip to La Santa, Lanzarote and ski trips to North America.
In Key Stage 4, students continue to receive two hours of PE per week and all students are encouraged to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme. Here, students develop a key skill, volunteer in the community, pursue a physical activity and complete a two-day walking expedition.
Students pursuing PE as a GCSE option will be assessed in three different practical activities and study topics relating to physiology and anatomy, levers, training, sport psychology, health & fitness and socio-cultural issues. The AQA course has both theory and practical components and is a stepping stone to the A-level PE course and further sports-related courses such as teaching, sports-science, leisure management, physiotherapy and medicine, with all the exciting possibilities that would follow.
GCSE students are expected to compete competitively on a regular basis in at least one sport and commit to attending extra-curricular sports clubs in school.