Congratulations to Eleanor and the England Netball Team

Eleanor Cardwell with PE Staff

Eleanor Cardwell, a past pupil of St. Mary's seen here on a recent visit to the school, was part of the England Netball Team that narrowly beat Malawi 62-60 on Wednesday 29th November. During her St Mary's Journey Eleanor was determined to achieve her dream of playing netball for England. Alongside her school studies she trained extremely hard, 7 days a week, travelling to Manchester either early in the morning, before school, or in the evenings every day. During her time at St. Mary's, Eleanor was awarded the Sam Brown Memorial Award for Sport and the Quayle Trophy, which recognises the most outstanding young sports person residing in the borough. Eleanor went on to study Sport and Exercise Science at Liverpool John Moore, coming out with a first class honours degree.

  • General PE Information

    Level

    n/a

    Exam Board

    n/a

    Head of Subject

    Mr. D. Reidy

    Assessment

    Physical education develops students overall wellbeing by challenging them physically and mentally whilst providing an excellent platform to socially exercise. In the physical education department we believe in putting our school ethos into action promoting a ‘healthy, active lifestyle, rich in sporting opportunity’ to develop the lifelong learner. This allows us to offer a wonderful range of activities to ensure all students are engaged, after all, not everyone likes every sport!

    Course Description

    The course aims to increase students physical competence, develop involvement and effectiveness in physical activity and become a more informed decision maker in relation to their own and others involvement in physical activity. This is achieved by providing a curriculum that offers traditional sports with new and alternative activities that primarily focus on the students improving health and fitness.

    Future Opportunities

    Knowledge to maintain a healthy lifestyle into adulthood.
  • Key Stage 4 Information

    Level

    GCSE

    Exam Board

    AQA

    Assessment

    40% Practically Assessed
    60% External Exams (2 exams each 1hr 30 min)

    Head of Subject

    Mr. D. Reidy

    Course Description

    GCSE Physical Education provides students with the knowledge and understanding of how to live a healthy and active lifestyle, enabling them to make informed choices about their own physical development. Students can select to be assessed as a performer from a variety of individual and team sports. The theory aspect of the course covers a breadth of topics. Students will learn how to analyse and evaluate performance and suggest effective plans for improvement. With a strong emphasis on the practical element of the course it is strongly recommended that only students with a strong practical ability opt for this GCSE.

    As part of the practical element of the course students may be required to attend an Outdoor Adventurous Activities weekend in the Lake District.

    Future Opportunities

    Following a GCSE in Physical Education pupils will be able to progress directly to employment within the Sports industry or to proceed to further qualifications such as A-level PE or on to BTEC National Programmes.
  • Key Stage 5 Information Click here to view the PDF version

    Level

    BTEC

    Exam Board

    Edexcel Link

    Head of Subject

    Mr. D. Reidy

    Is this course for me?

    This course is perfect for those who love everything about sport. If you love playing it, reading about it and watching it then St. Mary’s BTEC Sport is the course for you. It’s for those who want to study with like-minded students and be taught by staff who love sport too. Students are encouraged to develop a wide range of knowledge and understanding of sport as well as their ability to perform. The course is ideally suited for students who have a real interest in sport and associated industry. We provide students with personal guidance and support to ensure all students achieve their full potential.

    Areas of Study

    The new B-TEC National is a vocational and work related course.

    Mandatory units

    1. Anatomy & Physiology - exam
    2. Fitness training & programming for health, sport & wellbeing - Controlled Task
    3. Professional development in the sports industry - Assignment
    4. Optional unit
    5. Practical sport - Assignment

    Future Opportunities

    The BTEC Sport course is recognised by universities for degree courses such as Sports Science, Coaching, Physiotherapy & Leisure Management, to name just a few. If you decide not to go to university, the BTEC Sport course provides employment routes into a number of areas such as the armed forces, police, sport and leisure industry and other health fields, e.g. physiotherapy, coaching, fitness armed services, instructor, sports manager, broadcasting, journalism, sports medicine, nurse, teaching.