The school has enviable standards across competitive sports to place it among the best schools in the country. Our aims are to offer all students the opportunity to discover their sporting talent, to enjoy it no matter what their ability, to appreciate the importance of fitness and to find something which gives them a real sense of achievement.
The school has games afternoons for each school year and the department is responsible for the delivery of extensive games activities, whilst liaising with other members of staff from outside the department.
Our major sports of rugby, hockey and cricket are taught in games afternoons, as well as basketball, badminton, fitness, football, sailing, softball and tennis.
We have first class facilities comprising of a sports hall, state of the art fitness suite, a new sports pavilion, sports studio, specialist teaching rooms, two floodlit Astro-turf pitches, six tennis courts, three top quality cricket squares and numerous rugby pitches.
The school has an extensive list of extra-curricular sporting fixtures. We work upon a three term sporting rotation, with rugby, hockey and cricket being our main focus. We have had national success in recent times in hockey, with teams reaching National Finals at both indoor and outdoor disciplines..
We have a dedicated WBGS Sports Website which provides the latest information for all of our sporting teams, fixtures and results.
WBGS Sports WebsiteThe WBGS Sports website gives aa further feel for the number and quality of fixtures and sports played at the school.
Purpose of study
We aim to deliver a high-quality physical education curriculum that inspires all pupils to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities. This includes opportunities for pupils to become physically confident in a way which supports their health and fitness, as well as providing opportunities to compete in sport and other activities, whilst building character and helping to embed values such as fairness, teamwork and respect.
In line with the outgoing national curriculum for physical education, we aim to ensure that all pupils:
- develop competence to excel in a broad range of physical activities
- are physically active for sustained periods of time
- engage in competitive sports and activities
- develop healthy, active lifestyles
In order to fulfill these aims we have devised a set of activities that enable pupils to both develop themselves physically, but also as part of a competitive environment. Pupils experience Physical Education for 1 60 minute lesson per week in years 7 and 8, and the equivalent of fortnightly, in years 9-11. In addition to this pupils experience one 60 minute games lesson per week in all years.
Key Stage 3
Pupils build on and embed the physical development and skills learned in key stages 1 and 2 to become more competent, confident and expert in their techniques, and apply them across different sports and physical activities. They should understand what makes a performance effective and how to apply these principles to their own and others’ work. They should develop the confidence and interest to get involved in exercise, sports and activities out of school and in later life, and understand and apply the long-term health benefits of physical activity.
Pupils are taught to:
- use a range of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in direct competition through team and individual games (or example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, rugby and tennis)
- develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports (for example, athletics and gymnastics)
- take part in outdoor and adventurous activities which present intellectual and physical challenges and be encouraged to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
- analyse their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement to achieve their personal best
- take part in competitive sports and activities both inside and outside school through community links or sports clubs
Key Stage 4
Pupils are expected to tackle more complex and demanding physical activities. They should get involved in a range of activities that develops personal fitness and promotes an active, healthy lifestyle.
Pupils should be taught to:
- use and develop a variety of tactics and strategies to overcome opponents in team and individual games [for example, badminton, basketball, cricket, football, hockey, softball, rugby and tennis]
- develop their technique and improve their performance in other competitive sports [for example, athletics and gymnastics], or other physical activities [for example, fitness]
- take part in further outdoor and adventurous activities in a range of environments which present intellectual and physical challenges and which encourage pupils to work in a team, building on trust and developing skills to solve problems, either individually or as a group
- evaluate their performances compared to previous ones and demonstrate improvement across a range of physical activities to achieve their personal best
- continue to take part regularly in competitive sports and activities both inside and outside school through community links or sports clubs
Examination Level Physical Education
Pupils can take part in Examination PE at both GCSE and Advanced Levels from Year 9. Pupils are taught and assessed in both the Theoretical aspects of Physical Education, and their Practical aptitude.
At GCSE pupils will experience one 60 minute Theory lesson per week, and one 60 minute practical lesson per week, in addition to their core curriculum PE and Games sessions.
The assessment of the course is in two parts:
1. Written examination 2 x 1 Hour papers (60%)
Paper 1: Physical factors affecting performance
Paper 2: Socio-Cultural issues and sports psychology
2. Coursework (40%) (30% practical performance; 10% controlled assessment)
Candidates are required to demonstrate effective performance, the use of tactics or compositional techniques and to observe the rules and conventions of THREE chosen activities. Candidates can be assessed in the role of performer, coach or official.
Activities are marked out of 20, with the three highest scoring activities being put forward for the final practical mark. Pupils must offer activities from at least two activity areas. Controlled Assessment called ‘Evaluation of Performance a’ is marked out of 20 and equates to 10% of final practical grade. Controlled assessment is a written action plan.
Key Stage 5
Advanced Level PE
To provide opportunities to develop the student's physical potential and achievements, and to provide the student with a thorough understanding of a person's movement, performance and behaviour through both theoretical and practical means. A level PE is delivered over a 2 year linear course. Pupils experience four 1 hour lessons per week.
The assessment of the course is split into 4 areas.
Physiological factors affecting performance (01)*
Psychological factors affecting performance (02)*
1 hour written paper
20% Of total A level
Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (03)*
1 hour written paper
Performance in physical education (04)*
Non-exam assessment (NEA)
30% of total A level
Exams & Assessment
Examination Board: OCR
Enrichment & Extra-curricular
Other extra-curricular commitments include basketball, cross-country, athletics, badminton, table-tennis, tennis and sailing. There are also many other sports offered in the form of clubs run by staff and outside coaches.