“Promoting engagement, independence, pride and achievement”
Our vision is for all students to be confident, independent, resilient learners who leave SSA with limitless possibilities to fulfil all their future ambitions. Our team strongly advocates that participating PE and physical activity has huge benefits on all aspects of a student’s physical, mental and social well-being. All believe it helps students to become well rounded, positive global citizens, who make a difference. Everything we do is driven by our three values of ambition, respect and resilience.
Our intent centres around delivering a physical activity programme which encompasses the three aspects of physical, mental and social health and advocates the following core values ; Setting routines, high standards and high expectations / provision of a safe and secure environment for learning / providing a range of physical activity opportunities to all cohort of learners / forging positive relationships with staff and peers / raising confidence and self-esteem / building mental resilience / promoting the value of teamwork and being part of a team / provision of leadership opportunities / rewarding hard work and nurturing talent / raising achievement and aspirations.
The Physical Education journey at South Shore Academy starts with developing and refining skills and techniques (within a broad and balanced curriculum) and concludes with an external exam and the submission of both written / practical coursework in Y11. As pupils progress through Key Stage 3 the focus shift from acquiring skills to combining skills and onto decision making. The curriculum encompasses the areas of “Physical Me”, “Mental Me” and “Social Me” in practical lessons which is also embedded within the Health Lessons. Pupils opting for PE in kS4 follow the OCR exam board Cambridge National Sports Studies Certificate which is equivalent to a GCSE. The course is delivered in four distinct units : a written exam, a practical performance unit ,an outdoor activity unit and a sports coaching unit. Our PE team have chosen this qualification as we feel it gives pupils real life opportunities to develop a wealth of soft skills (developing self-esteem, self-confidence, planning skills, organisation skills, communication skills, leadership skills) needed to succeed in future careers. Pupils opting for PE are also expected to undertake the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award. This is, however, offered to all pupils in KS4 with between a 60-80% pupil take up. Those pupils who do not opt to take PE in KS4 are still required to undertake PE lessons within curriculum time in order to promote the benefits of lifelong participation and healthy habits.
The department has been nationally recognised for its commitment in providing extra-curricular activities offering a wealth of clubs, initiatives and opportunities to ensure all cohorts within the school community have the opportunity to participate in physical activity. This can be seen in our PE Newsletters and PE Twitter page as well as Bright Futures Educational Trust Newsletters.