Physical Education

The aim of Physical Education (PE) at Sexey’s School is to encourage students to be physically active and to promote lifelong participation in sporting activities in both the competitive and recreational sector.

Being physically active is the most important factor in maintaining a healthy active lifestyle and we aim to promote the health and wellbeing of all students though mass participation in all areas of PE.

Key Stage 3 PE: Years 7-9

Female student after cross country run, smiling

All students in Years 7-9 have two hours of PE per week and follow a broad and balanced curriculum. Traditional games like football, rugby, netball, tennis, table tennis, badminton, basketball and hockey are taught through games-related activities; conditioned games, small-sided games and ultimately in the full version so that students can understand the principles involved in competitive play. Life skills such as communication, cooperation, problem solving and interpersonal skills are also fundamental to every lesson and students are encouraged to be involved in class discussions though evaluation and analysis of performance and appreciating their individual and peer strengths and areas for development.

Individual skills practices are included in preparation for the competitive aspects; swimming, athletics and cross-country balance the curriculum so that the vital areas of speed, strength, stamina, flexibility and skill all have opportunities to develop. Aesthetic qualities are experienced through dance activities.

Classes are mixed ability and staff differentiate their lessons through task, feedback & equipment. The assessment is based on the current KS3 Foundation, Developing, Secure, Mastery model and the PE department aims to provide a differentiated learning environment whereby pupils participate to the best of their ability in every lesson.

Key Stage 4: Years 10 and 11

Rugby player stands on pitch

A full range of Inter-House competitions, in almost 50 age group activities enables a large number of students to compete in various teams, and the organisation for practices and team selection is largely undertaken by students themselves. Similarly, school teams are run by the PE Department with help from other staff and talented students are given every opportunity to represent in their specialist sport. Examples include: Yeovil Area or Somerset County, JCA Hockey & Somerset Netball Academies.

Inter-House Cross-Country and Sports Day are inclusive events and the emphasis is on mass participation and supporting the Houses and one another. These events have grown in popularity in the last few years and the PE Department has taken every care to ensure that the events such as Cross County are safe – we run with the students through every practice run!

Extra curricular Clubs and School Sport

We offer an extensive extra-curricular programme at Sexey’s School and all students are encouraged to attend training and play for school teams. Training is normally held on Tuesdays 4-5pm for all year groups.

Matches/fixtures are held either in games afternoons or after school. We enter our teams into the local leagues against other state schools as well as playing friendly matches against Millfield Prep, All Hallows, Millfield, Stonar, Dauntseys, Beechen Cliff, KES, Monkton Combe, Kings, BSG, Milton Abbey and Clayesmore.

We competed in over 220 fixtures last year and Year 7 and 9 made it to the County Finals in Hockey, Netball and Rounders. We also had County representations in Athletics. We are current SASP winners and county champions in U12 Girls Hockey and runners up in the Rounders for Year 7 & 9.

Students also have the opportunity to attend swimming on Mondays 4-5pm or Badminton. These sessions are run by external coaches and have a small fee attached to them.

We are affiliated with Bath Rugby and have a coach attend our First Team sessions. This also allows us to run trips to watch Bath Rugby and attend a training session at Farleigh House. We are also hoping to have some more Girls Rugby training in the 2018/2019 season.

As we are a small department we always welcome any parent volunteers to assist with coaching or officiating. If you have any coaching qualifications we would love to hear from you!

Inter-House Competitions

A full range of Inter-House competitions, in almost 50 age group activities enables a large number of students to compete in various teams, and the organisation for practices and team selection is largely undertaken by students themselves. Similarly, school teams are run by the PE Department with help from other staff and talented students are given every opportunity to represent in their specialist sport. Examples include: Yeovil Area or Somerset County, JCA Hockey & Somerset Netball Academies.

Inter-House Cross-Country and Sports Day are inclusive events and the emphasis is on mass participation and supporting the Houses and one another. These events have grown in popularity in the last few years and the PE Department has taken every care to ensure that the events such as Cross County are safe – we run with the students through every practice run!

Judo in sports hallAssessment in Physical Education

In terms of assessment, students in Years 7-9 receive regular effort assessment grades on a scale of 1-9 which are recorded and communicated to parents. The score is based on the Foundation to Mastery Pyramid and pupils have sport specific assessment grids which are tracked by staff; PE staff set a target grade based on the pupils practical ability which may or may not be different to the one generated by their CAT scores. In addition, every student receives a long report in line with whole-school policy, the main criteria being attitude, effort and progress.

Kit

All pupils are expected to wear the appropriate kit to take part in PE. The kit list for each individual activity can be found in the table below. In addition to the essential items the PE department have worked with Stevenson’s and produced some items which will allow them to be more comfortable in the winter and summer months.

Boys kitGirls Kit
Sexey’s Rugby/Games topSexey’s black polo shirt
Sexey’s black Rugby shorts Sexey’s black skort
Sexey’s colour house vest (athletics, cross country and inter-house games competitions)Plain black shorts-no logo
Hooped games socksSexey’s colour house vest (athletics, cross country and inter-house games competitions)
White socks Hooped games socks
Trainers suitable for sport White socks
Football/rugby bootsTrainers suitable for sport
Shin pads Football/rugby boots*
Gum shieldShin pads
Sexey’s mid layer**Gum shield
Plain black base layers*Sexey’s mid layer**
Sexey’s black tracksuit bottoms Plain black base layers*
Sexey’s rain jacket**Sexey’s running tights or tracksuit bottoms**
Plain black shorts for footballSexey’s rain jacket**
Black swimming shorts (Yr7, 8, 9 only) ***Black swimming costume (Yr7, 8, 9 only) ***
Sexey’s swim cap (Yr7, 8, 9 only) ***Sexey’s swim cap (Yr7, 8, 9 only) ***

Kit is required for all PE lessons; even if your child is ‘off games’ with a letter from yourself or the Health Centre (boarders). They are required to get changed and will be given another role within the sport such as an official or coach. This ensures that students do not miss out on any information and can still access the curriculum. Any persistent injuries should be followed up with a doctor’s note. Please do inform staff via email or a letter.

What if my child forgets their kit?

If a child forgets their kit then they will be issued with a detention which will be after school. If they forget an item of kit then they will receive a kit mark. Three kit marks in any one half term will also result in an after school detention. It is the student’s responsibility to be organised for the activities and to look after their kit. It also helps if kit is named and students have a padlock on their kit bag.

Students should try and find alternative kit if they have misplaced an item, we have a very limited supply of kit to ‘hand out’ and students should not rely on this.

All students are aware of the department policy regarding kit, illness and injury.

Health and safety: inhalers, jewellery and hair

Any medical requirements such as inhalers and epi-pens should be carried by the student to all PE lessons, clubs and fixtures. If hair is long enough to fall in the face then it must be tied back. There are no exceptions to this rule when participating in lessons, extra-curricular clubs or fixtures. This applies to males and females.

All jewellery must be removed and we ask that ears are only pierced in the summer holiday. Students should be able to remove their own jewellery prior to any lesson. The PE department are not responsible for the loss of any items or piercings closing up over the course of the lesson. A letter is required from parents stating that they will take responsibility should they ignore the advice. Students must also provide their own tape. Earrings are not permitted in competitive netball, rugby or football under any circumstance.

Updated July 2018